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Anywhere in CT to buy local chicken or grass fed beef

Was just wondering if it's possible here to buy locally raised and slaughtered chicken or beef that's not fed with feed imported from China. Thanks, Richie

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  1. I went looking for the web address for Laurel Ridge, which raises grass-fed beef in Northfield/Litchfield, CT. The merchandise is at sort of a premium price, but you definitely get what you pay for; the drive up there is really pretty; and you can actually see the cows out grazing in the fields. Their address is http://www.lrgfb.com/.

    But in looking for it, I found a website that lists a bunch of Connecticut farms that sell grass-fed/free range animals, and one of them might be comparable and/or closer to you. Here's the listing page: http://www.eatwild.com/products/conne...

    1. Stuart Family Farm has excellent grass-fed beef - they are in Bridgewater (southern Litchfield County). Their website has info on their cattle, prices and farmstand hours:
      http://www.stuartfamilyfarm.com/

        1. Beaver Brook Farm has natural pasture raised Chickens, Lamb and Veal. Some of the best tasting stuff I've ever eaten. They are at the Wooster Square Farmers Market on Saturdays. All they're meats, cheeses and ice cream are sold at the farm in Lyme.

          1. Four-Mile River Farm sells grass-fed beef at the Edgewood Park farmer's market in New Haven on Sundays. The meat is all frozen. While it has a great flavor, it's a bit tough - likely from the grass-feeding and the freezing - so bear that in mind when you're deciding how to prepare it.

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            1. re: shoes

              That's funny, I've never noticed that -- but I've always preferred grass-fed beef to start with. Have bought briskets, regular old steaks, and hot dogs/kielbasa (plus eggs!) and never had anything to complain about.

              Love the lamb from Beaver Brook Farm, too. Get chickens from Stone Gardens (?) - the people from Shelton on the Wooster Street side.

            2. A couple of months ago, I purchased a chicken from Marwin Farms at our local farmer's market:

              http://marwinfarm.com/default.aspx

              Roasted it with garlic, it was delicious. Pricey, but well worth it.

              1. If you are interested in local food in general, check out CT Farm Fresh Express: http://www.ctffe.com/
                They do a great job - we've ordered numerous times. We buy our meat from Cedar Meadow Farm which is carried by CTFFE.

                1. This is just a fantastic thread and thanks to everyone that has contributed!

                  We've been at the Pilot Pen this week. I went to the New Haven info booth yesterday. Can you believe there was no info about City Seed or Farmer's Markets. One woman did know about City Seed, but they were basically no help. There was a young New Haven cop standing there and he was quite helpful. He even called his friend, Glen Colello, from Catch a Healthy Habit Cafe, in West Haven. http://www.catchahealthyhabit.com/ (It's another Chow topic, I'm sure!) Glen gave him hours and days for some of the places in New Haven already mentioned.
                  Edgewood Park: 10AM-2PM on Sundays
                  Across from City Hall (on the green?), Wednesdays, 11AM-3PM
                  Wooster Square: Saturdays, 9AM-1PM.
                  Fair Haven: Thursdays, 3PM-7PM

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                  1. re: Scargod

                    Here is City Seed's website -
                    http://www.cityseed.org/city_markets/...

                    If you sign up for e-mail notices, you get weekly (bi-weekly during the winter) e-mails about what will be there, etc.

                  2. Devon Point Farm does! (Woodstock, CT) They sell grass fed beef and all natural chicken and eggs. Pork too!

                    1. Percy Thomson Meadows in Bethlehem. Very nice people and I don't think it's that far from you.

                      http://www.agrilicious.org/Percy-Thom...

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                      1. re: junescook

                        I have had issues with Percy Thomson's availability; yes, they are very nice people but sometimes it's hard to meet up with them. I've had to make appointments to shop with them, which is kind of a pain; and during my appointed shopping trip, others seem to just drop by to pick up stuff. Why don't they have to make appointments? Just a not-so-fine whine of mine.

                        Another option in the area is Truelove Farm in Morris. I mostly do pork and eggs from them, and they're fantastic. The people are very nice, very helpful, and do a number of farmers' markets in addition to having an on-farm store.
                        http://www.truelovefarms.org/Home.html

                      2. I was just @ the Sherman IGA--and they have a whole frozen foods case of local beef (can't remember the name of the farm, but in the neighborhood). Haven't tried it, but intend to.

                        Also pork products from a local farm (I've had the bacon, which is great).

                        1. bell and evan's is pretty local and readily available

                          http://www.bellandevans.com/

                          1. I haven't bought it yet but where I have my CSA in Bethany at Clover Nook Farm they sell their own farm raised beef.