If you've read Omnivore's Dilemma...
...and you still want to order meat out and prepare it at home, then can you give me any recs for where to go in LA to eat and/or buy good meats.
thanks in advance
Trader Joes has grassfed beef. The brand is usually Western Grasslands. The varieties/cuts aren't always predictable, but it's usually pretty good. I also buy only Alaskan salmon, which is always wild. Another source of clean meat is Australia/New Zealand lamb. I occasionally buy grassfed bison at my local farmer's market. I also know someone who hunts and fishes, and is very careful about packing and transporting the meat. I always say yes when he's offering bass or venison. I ordered some locally raised organic chickens one time through a place online. Google Local Harvest. The chicken was good, but expensive. I only ordered it once.
I'm not as on top of things when eating out. Lamb is probably the cleanest thing in most places. Most salmon is Atlantic (farmed), and I won't touch that. Otherwise, organic/free range meat is usually found only at really high-end places.
I read Omnivore's Dilemma, also, and try to shop as local and non-factory as possible. In addition to the meats above, I avoid dairy with hormones and get virtually all my produce at a certified farmer's market.
Hope this was helpful.
I will just echo Vickib's response and add that grassfed beef can be ordered online and I believe I have seen it on occasion at the Hollywood Farmer's Market on Sundays.
Michael Pollan, the author of Omnivore's Dilemma maintains a website and posts have included his correspondence with Whole Foods CEO, John Mackey about US Grass Fed Beef and the lack thereof at his stores.
There's a meat guy at the Santa Monica farmer's market on Saturdays. I'm not sure if it's grass-fed though, I've never checked it out. It's in the organic section though.
I posted this a while back but Lidner Bison has a stand at the Torrance and Hollywood farmers markets, and probably others. They do grass-fed bison and sell bones.
The Spencer's from Windrose farm also sell Lamb they raise themselves on their pasture. They have very few so you need to contact for supply. Most of it goes to restaurants but they have a stand at the Santa Monica Markets. www.windrosefarm.org/
Also order online from the people I really like at Old Creek Ranch up in the Central Coast. I really like their beef and lamb and they just added some really nice pork. http://www.oldcreekranch.net/meat.html
Rocky Canyon sells grassfed beef and humanely-raised pork products at the Hollywood Farmer's Market on Sun. and the Santa Monica farmer's market on Wed. (and possibly Sat.?).
I like their beef short ribs and roasts, and the home-made pork sausages (like French apple and cheddar chipotle). They can do special cuts with advance notice. I buy from them more often than from Lindner because of the cost... grass-fed bison is about twice the price of grass-fed beef.
Has anyone had good fish from the vendor at the Hollywood farmer's market? I'm always wary of buying fish there
I will second the Rocky Canyon recommendation--excellent steaks and wonderful service. Great bacon too.
I have purchased fish from the vendor at Holllywood and it's always been good--I will admit I have no idea on the sourcing though. Had some excellent homemade smoked salmon from them last week.
There's also local, free range chicken to be found at the Hollywood Market from Kendor Farms which is based in the SF Valley.
Wow. This post could not be more appropriate for me right now, as I am in the process of finishing Omnivores Dilemma. I wanted to add that I've visited Windrose Farms, and I know that they are very passionate about the way their plants and animals are treated. They are actually the ones who recommended Omnivores Dilemma to me! They have wonderful produce as well and are currently selling heirloom tomato plants. Can't recommend them enough as a source of anything. Here's a link to a good article covering the farms already mentioned: