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Sep 26, 2007 12:13 PM

San Diego Local Beef, Pork and Poultry?

Does anyone know where in the SD area you can get local, maybe organic, maybe sustainably-farmed meat? I'm especially interested in grass-fed beef, free-range poultry, etc. Is there anything like a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) only for meat? I love BeWise for vegetables, but am still going to Costco for beef! :(

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  1. There were some discussions before about this topic and it looks like that there is not any place in SD to get organic/local/sustainably-farmed meat. Please ket us know if you find anything.

    1. i know a guy who sources his meat from Brandt farms. Its up in SF but he ships the meat down via 2 day air. It might be a lil more expensive, but all the steaks are prime and the beef is of pretty good quality. I know its not really San Diego Local beef, but its "so cal" local i guess.

      if you want i can email you his email or phone number

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      1. re: clayfu

        To get Brandt farm beef in SD is not a problem, I saw it for example at Jonathan. But I wouldn't call Brandt farm as local (they are in Brawley, not SF). They are also not organic or grass-fed.

        1. re: honkman

          that's why i prefaced it with it not being local.

      2. I do know there are pelnty of Egg options in San Diego, I think Henry's caries them.

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        1. re: normalheightsfoodie

          Hilliker's egg ranch in Lakeside supplies many stores.

          Some egg ranch from Escondido provides the 99ยข egg dozen for Trader Joe's, complete with an expiration date stamped onto each individual egg...

          1. re: normalheightsfoodie

            There are literally dozens of egg ranches spread around the county and as a result it is fairly easy to find local chicken as well. After age 2-3 years a hen starts to produce fewer eggs so they sell it off to a slaughter house.

          2. During the last days of the County Fair (ends on July 4 always) they local 4H groups (mostly from East and North County High Schools) auction off animals which are taken north, butchered and delivered, wrapped into portion sizes you can request, the following weekend.

            A friend got a half pig this year and it is taking up a good portion of a large chest freezer, but the various cuts were wrapped into serving sizes for two.

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            1. re: Cathy

              That's about as local as you can get! We looked into doing that this year, but didn't want to spend the $2000 on a cow without a little more research. We saw auction prices ranging from $4 to $8/lb (company donations boosted some animals to almost $16/lb!), plus there is a butcher fee of about $0.80/lb and the hauling/processing fee. When the cows are up near 1000 lbs each, it gets pretty expensive.


              1. re: leanneabe

                Overall, that is a good price considering the costs of raising. Maybe find a few other like minded people so you can split the cost..and the cow. I will have to ask Mrs. T how she got a half a pig...but she is on vacation right now. In the past we have only bought whole goats.

            2. I like the Shelton farms chicken..i get it at T&H Prime meats in San Marcos.