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Jan 19, 2008 04:59 PM

Where in Phoenix: organic grass fed free range beef

I know Whole Foods has this combination sometimes, but I prefer to support local farmers, producers, and merchants whenever feasible. Thus, I would prefer to go elsewhere.

I know Fishhugger has grass fed, but it's impractical to go there to buy it. While I would consider buying in bulk, they do not offer a good value (who needs 50 pounds of ground beef?).

So, where's a good source for organic, grass-fed, free-range beef? It can be corn-finished, too... but, nothing out of a CAFO, thank you.

At the moment, I am vegetarian by default, being very skeptical about buying any other kind of meat. (Especially now that they have approved cloned meat for market)

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  1. FYI: you can buy Fishhugger's beef @ Town & Country on Wednesdays when he is there in much smaller quantities.

    1. Earlier this year I bought grass fed beef from Maya a few times. She had it at the downtown market and up at the Farm.

      Last time we were in Tucson we sampled some beef from these folks: I actually preferred their beef to Maya's tastewise. They did tell me that while they don't do the markets up here they do make deliveries up here if you order from them . I haven't investigated further yet.

      Here's a couple lists of Arizona purveyors:

        This is a great place to get grass fed beef.Also in the spring you can go and pick your own peaches and apples there.Great day trip.
        If you've read Michael Pollan's book "The Omnivore's Dilemna" you'll want to look into grass fed beef.

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        1. re: twodogs

          I haven't had the beef but have ordered open range poultry from them They do delivery runs to Phoenix every six weeks.

          1. re: avandelay

            I just wanted to add: I spoke with A Bar H farm last week and was SO impressed with them on every level: the way the animals are fed, the way they are processed, and her level of responsibility with the entire process... I love it. I'm beginning to order from her, she'll be back in phoenix in march, i was told.

            1. re: hzp

              Did you communicate with Anya over the phone or via e-mail? I sent an e-mail a couple of weeks ago asking about their delivery schedule and never heard back.

              Anyhoo, if you know what their upcoming delivery dates are, I'd appreciate it if you posted them here. Thanks!

              1. re: hohokam

                On the phone, on superbowl sunday actually:) She emailed me "schedule" for Phoenix deliveries (when she's at the droppoints), but not the dates... she'd said she just got one done, so the next was in march. When i talk to her next, I'll get a specific date.

                as with most people, if you haven't heard back within a short time, I'd assume she just didn't receive it. She'd said she was having email issues.

                1. re: hzp

                  Thanks. I was worried that she might be ill or something.

                  I'll drop her a line again today and ask if they've settled on a March delivery date.

                  1. re: hzp

                    Just heard back from Anya at A-Bar-H. She's planning on a Mar 14 delivery run to the Phx area.

          2. I've found it at the Chandler Sprouts from time to time.

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            1. re: yamalam

              grass fed? I know they have hormone/antibiotic free ....will have to look again when I'm there for grass fed, don't think I've ever noticed.

              Not grass fed or organic but they did have prime quality rib eye yesterday for $12.99/lb. Didn't try any as we were there to pick up some Alaskan Cod but was mighty tempted...

              1. re: ziggylu

                The Sprouts on Indian School (@ 28th St) pretty consistently has organic beef (usually only chuck roast, ribeye, and sirloin). I don't know that it is grass-fed, though.

                1. re: hohokam

                  I have purchased grass-fed beef at that particular Sprouts on a couple separate occasions; I believe both times it was sirloin.

                  1. re: azhotdish

                    Ah. Probably the same thing then. I just never paid enough attention to the label to notice if it said anything about the beef being grass-fed.

                    FWIW, we found the ribeye steaks to be much more tender than the sirloin.

                    We bought a batch of sirloin steaks and grilled half of them. They turned out to be very tough. I ground up the remainder of the batch and used the resulting ground meat in what turned out to be a wonderful sugo. :-)

            2. Knowing your preference for supporting local growers I would still suggest Whole Foods. The company has a comittment to support local growers for produce and whatever else they can buy locally and the ripple effect is substantial. By shopping there you ARE supporting local growers. Another point to make with regard to grass fed. I have eaten grass fed beef from an Arizona Ranch which my employer in Northern Arizona operates and I find it to be far less flavorful than most meat that I have eaten.I have had the organic beef from Whole Foods and been very happy with both flavor and tenderness. Just a FYI.

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              1. re: AzDumpling

                Without starting a whole debate, shopping at Whole Foods is very different than shopping at a locally owned farm. Whole Foods sources its food from around the country thereby requiring enormous consumption of energy just to truck it around. Not to mention what has to be done to it to make sure it stays fresh. Second, as far as grass fed beef goes the flavor depends entirely on the region from which it comes. Different types of grass grows in different places. I would suggest trying different farms throughout AZ to see what you like. As for the history of how beef came to be raised on corn (a very recent phenomenon) I would highly recommend The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan.