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Organic meat in the east end?

stonerose Jan 13, 2008 01:44 PM


I'm a fan of the Healthy Butcher, but I live way out of the way of it, on the Danforth. Is there anywhere in the east end with a similar selection of organic meat, etc?

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    Apple Jan 13, 2008 02:03 PM

    You're in luck - Carrot Common on the Danforth. They have a small selection there. Also they stock Cumbrae meats (Cumbrae has their own location on Church St).

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    1. re: Apple
      embee Jan 15, 2008 08:01 PM

      The Big Carrot has many virtues, but their meats aren't among them. They are supplied by Beretta, Rowe, Cumbrae's, and a few others, but the beef and lamb aren't especially good. The meat deli and prepared foods aren't great either - nothing like their yummy house made vegetarian food. The chicken is better, but it's labeled as coming from Cumbrae's and it seems better at Cumbrae's own stores.

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        MyCrazyDawg Jan 19, 2008 08:37 AM

        I would not recommend the Carrot Common meats. Good sources, but not handled or cut right. Make the trip to Cumbrae on Church. Worth it every time. You get full selection of beautiful meats, cut properly in the first place or however you request.

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        singe Jan 13, 2008 04:05 PM

        Lady & Son on Queen E at Jones or Meat in (on?) the Beach.

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          hankarm Apr 19, 2010 10:28 AM

          As of April 19, 2010 Lady & Son is not at 1175 Queen St. East (Jones & Queen) nor is it listed anywhere else, but Meat on the Beach is still across the street and has a small selection of "Naturally Raised" meats.

          Meat on the Beach
          1860 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

          Lady & Son
          1175 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

        2. JamieK Jan 13, 2008 04:31 PM

          You can get "naturally raised" meat at Meat on the Beach -

          Meat on the Beach
          1860 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

          1. NovoCuisine Jan 13, 2008 04:37 PM

            Fresh From The Farm: http://www.freshfromthefarm.ca/

            350 Donlands Ave. at Donlands and O'Connor.

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              JamieK Jan 13, 2008 04:46 PM


              Fresh From The Farm
              350 Donlands Ave, Toronto, ON M4J, CA

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              stonerose Jan 13, 2008 05:12 PM

              cool, thanks for the tips

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                arugula Jan 13, 2008 05:22 PM

                Not sharing the love for the Carrot's meat. It's almost all pre-packaged Beretta, which is fine, but they slice everything so thin that it's clearly marketed with a view to reducing sticker-shock rather than appealing to serious cooks or eaters.

                My hands down, far and away favorite is Lady and Son at Queen and Jones, though it's best if you order ahead. The Lady in question is just an incredible sweet-heart, and the meat I've had there is phenomenal. Best sirloin I've had in town. And it's near Kristapson's, so good smoked salmon is close at hand.

                Fresh from the Farm on Donlands north of Cosburn is great too, but again, they don't slice meat the way a cook would want to see it. Their farmers sausage, however, is absolutely to die for, and surprisingly cheap. Very sweet people, too.

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                  NovoCuisine Jan 14, 2008 04:02 AM

                  FFTF are sweet people. This Xmas, I bought a ham from them and before picking it up I had a question about it. I e-mailed them on a Sunday afternoon expecting to hear back the following week, and they responded on Sunday night! The people and the product have always really impressed me.

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                    Full tummy Jan 14, 2008 08:46 AM

                    You may be able to specially request that something be cut the way you want it. On their website, there is an order page, and there is space for comments. You could always e-mail them and ask for it done the way you wish.

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                      gnuf Jan 15, 2008 03:44 AM

                      I can confirm that Fresh from the Farm will cut according to your directions if you give them enough notice. When I ordered some beef braising ribs a few years ago, they were able to cut them English-style (along the rib) rather than the usual flanken-style (cross the ribs).

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                        embee Jan 15, 2008 08:09 PM

                        I like the idea of FFTF, but I've been regularly disappointed by the food. We keep going back, but I'm beginning to wonder why.

                        This week we tried the organic chicken pate (boring), the hummus (very good, but extremely expensive for chick pea paste), and the organic chicken soup (acceptable, but with lots of frozen mixed veg and exorbitant at $9.75 for two servings). The lemon meringue pie was banal - thin meringue fell off, filling tasted like lemon pudding, soggy crust.

                        Eggs were really good, but likely identical to the Ni-He-Za farms eggs available at many supermarkets (though probably fresher).

                        Their method of selling fresh meat (pre-cut and wrapped in brown paper) is a deal breaker. I won't buy it sight unseen.

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                    balthazar Jan 13, 2008 07:32 PM

                    If you don't mind driving just a tad further, hit Cumbrae's on Bayview (s. of Eg.). It's not east end per se but... from the Danforth if you use the Pottery Rd.Bayview Extension route to get there it's a surprisingly quick drive.

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                    1. re: balthazar
                      jayt90 Jan 14, 2008 07:15 AM

                      Cumbrae's is worth a short drive, or TTC to either location, but the meat is not organic and somewhat different than Healthy Butcher or most of the east end places mentioned. Cumbrae's is aiming for the best tasting meat, and will use many humane methods, indoors and on pasture, to get a consistent product. Consider milk fed pork from P.Q.: unlikely to be found at Healthy Butcher or Fresh from the Farm, and not naturally raised.

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                        balthazar Jan 18, 2008 06:58 PM

                        Good distinction re: Cumbrae's, jayt90. FYI, also on that same Bayview strip across from Cumbrae's is Nunzio's - they do carry organic meat and organic fresh fish too!! I get most of my meat & fish from Nunzio's, b/c I like to buy organic and find Nunzio's quality very good.

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                      LvilleLocal Jan 20, 2008 10:21 AM

                      There is a Rowe Farm Meat's going in at Queen E and Logan around March 1st. They will offer natural meats as well as a line of organic dairy products.

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                        yunnage Apr 19, 2010 05:15 PM

                        Better Bulk (Woodbine/Danforth) now carries some Rowe Farm items. I think eggs, beef and chicken weiners, side bacon and I think some other beef items. The guys that run it seem really accommodating and seem interested in carrying what customers want, so if enough people ask for something they might start carry it :)

                        Rowe Farms
                        912 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

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                          les5e Jul 17, 2010 07:55 PM

                          Rowe Farms also has an outlet in the Beach at 2126 Queen East. There is also 'the Chopping Block', a pretty good butcher, at 2234 Queen East

                          Rowe Farms
                          912 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

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