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May 4, 2007 03:45 PM

cheapest grass fed beef?

I live in West LA- what is the cheapest source of grass fed beef? So far I've seen it at Whole Foods for about 9$ a pound.-no chemicals, organic, free range is good!

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  1. What cut? Ground beef? Filet Mignon?

    23 Replies
    1. re: luigisdad

      Trader Joe's only has a few cuts but it's almost certainly the cheapest. The hamburger is good.

      1. re: Chowpatty

        Yup. Got the TJ's Grass fed Angus beef patties last night for dinner. It was great! Had it with the TJ focacia (sp) buns, grilled onions, avocado, swiss cheese, etc. It's $6.99/lb. There were 4 patties and total was about 1.35 lbs.

        1. re: Pitchman

          I know it may not be grass fed, but the Costco Marina del Rey has organic ground beef for $3.99 per lb.

          1. re: luigisdad

            I'm mainly looking for ground beef but might be open to other cuts.

            1. re: Iateitup

              try open space meats. You can order online and it's less than Whole FOods, including shipping. They are located in the central valley area of Calif. Very tasty steaks. The ground beef was okay. I liked it, but my kids didn't like the texture. I may have cooked it too long.

                  1. re: Servorg

                    Yo Serv. Gelsons(Van nuys blvd. Sherman Oaks). I always hit up this Gelsons since, it is in my hood, a few times a week right when they open and cruise over to their discounted meats section. Just this morning that's where I found a nice grass-feed rib eye and two thick, gorgeous, prime fillet Mignon that are not grass-feed which, I prefer.

                    1. re: Servorg

                      Haha! I KNEW that's what I would get! I was feeling lazy and lounge-y this afternoon...=)

                      1. re: thursday

                        also try getting meat from Organic Pastures (hub in Atwater on Saturdays or at SM farmers markets). They are a dairy that will slaughter a cow that doesn't produce or "accept" bulls. All cows are pasture fed.


                      1. re: bakerybae

                        I love open space meats and have been ordering beef exclusively from them the past 6 months.

                        It's far superior to the grass fed meat you'll find at Whole Foods, Gelsons,Trader Joe's, etc and the price is very reasonable. You can buy a small 20lb sampler of ground beef, stew meat, roasts and steaks and the total cost comes out to $8/lb.

                        Keep in mind cooking grass fed beef is a little tricky at first since the meat is much leaner and cooks quicker than corn fed.

                        The link for organic pastures looks interesting as well and even better priced than open space meats. Might give them a try too.

              1. re: Pitchman

                I checked TJ's yesterday and the packaging read (something close to):100% vegetable diet Angus beef. Is that what's being referred to here? Corn is a vegetable. Or does TJ's also sell "Grass fed Angus beef" or 100% grass fed?

                1. re: ilikefood

                  100% vegetable feed means slightly higher quality without the nastiest but it doesn't mean grass fed.

                    1. re: ilikefood

                      Grass fed means that the cow was fed grass only. Corn is not grass and the cow was not meant to eat it. The reason I want to eat grass fed is because the cows are humaneIy treated and allow to graze on pastures at will, instead of tied to a stall and forced fed antibiotics and grains that they were not meant to eat just to fatten them up and return a larger profit for the company. Also, when a cow grazes on grass, their fat is loaded with heart healthy Omega 3. think about it. fish eat green plankton and their fat is made of Omega 3. Cows, when they graze on green grass, their fat also has Omega 3s. I found grass fed cuts at Spouts. Rump roast, $5.99 lb, cross rib roast, $6.49 lb. Probably the cheapest in town. The meat is leaner and more tender. I actually cut a piece out of the cross rib roast, sliced it across the grain, marinaded and sauteed it. It was great.

                      1. re: cheuimay

                        This is not fully true. A piece of "grass fed" beef could actually be finished on grain. The USDA does not currently regulate the definition of "grass fed". The best way is to find a source where you can get to know the farmer producing your beef.

                        1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

                          I never asked the butcher at Sprouts whether the cow was finished on grain, but I did at Whole foods and they told me the ones labeled grass fed are 100% grass fed and the ones labeled natural were on grain the last 3 months. I'll have to ask the butchers a Sprouts their definition for grass fed the next time I go. How do you find out exactly if the store you're purchasing it from is selling 100% grass fed and if they are not, how do you find a farmer around Los Angeles that produces that?

                          1. re: cheuimay

                            I'd approach it just like you did by asking the butchers if you're in a market like Whole Foods or Sprouts. Outside of that, I'd hit up your local farmer's market. The farmers ought to be very open to answering questions about their product.

                            1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

                              Unfortunately, there's no farmer selling dairy at the one I go to. Maybe I should try another one to see my options. I did find a great link on grass fed butter. and butter is one of the most important part of eating a grass fed diet because of the benefits of the fat. In this article, talks about getting Kerrygold for $2.69 at Trader Joe’s. It's not raw, but at least the Omegas are there. You can get raw pasture fed dairy from Organic pastures at many small health food stores around LA. Go to for a location near you. They also have a hub sale every Saturday till 2:00 pm, where they offer ground beef also.

                            2. re: cheuimay

                              Rainbow Ranch in Pinon Hills but you have to join as a member. They don't go to farmer's markets but there's a once a month pick up day and they do ship. I've also purchased from Hat Creek Grown and Open Space Meats.

                              Also check

                              1. re: PattyC

                                Thank you for the leads. I did call Sprouts and got an update on their organic beef. I found out that they get their grass fed meat from Uruguay and the animals are grass fed from birth till processing, but they only have limited cuts, so I may have to end up ordering from some of the sites that everyone suggested. Thanks!!!

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                  1. The best deal for any cut of grass fed beef is at Grassland Beef. They're online and have free shipping. I just looked and they have 75% lean ground beef for $5.62/lb and 87% lean for $6.71/lb (including shipping!). That's super cheap. I've ordered from them for about 2 years and have been really happy with them.

                    1. In my experience, the appeal varies a lot based on diet. We've had good luck from mail order from Eight 0'Clock Ranch. They are based in New York, so not local. Excellent quality and well priced.

                      Also, Slow Food Los Angeles is starting a meat share or CSA program. You can find details here: and more information on their website

                      1. Check out J&J Rangeland beef at the Pico and Cloverfield Farmer's market, or Culver City on Tuesday's from 2-7.

                        Great stuff, raised in CA, and 100% grass-fed. And family owned.

                        Also on Wed and Sat in Santa Monica on Arizona Ave is Rocky Canyon which is slightly more is expensive, but also delicioius.