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Jan 30, 2008 07:17 AM

Grass-fed beef in Toronto?

Hi there

Having just finished "The Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan, I feel the need to change some of my more questionable eating habits... and I was wondering if anyone could suggest a place that I could buy pasteured, or grass-fed in other words, beef here in Toronto.

Organic isn't what I'm after, although it would make my search much easier... I would really love to get hold of non-grain-fed beef.

Oh, and I thoroughly recommend the book!

Thanks for your help.

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  1. Fresh from the Farm has grass-fed beef. It's pricey but quite tasty.

    1. Healthy Butcher can provide you with the info you want on all their meat suppliers and their practices.

      1. Elizabeth,

        Not sure how common strictly grass fed (no grain) beef is here in Ontario, but I second the recommendation for The Healthy Butcher. The staff will be able to give you all the details on their suppliers farming practices. You could also try Cumbrae's.

        After reading The Omnivore's Dilemma recently, I too have begun to question my meat eating habits. It is a pretty sobering account of the food industry.

        1. i just finished the omnivore's dilemma as well. what a fantastic read!

          the best place i know of for quality, naturally-raised meats (that happen to be organic as well) is beretta farms. their website is
          they deliver to your door (although it's a $150 minimum order). they also sell every thursday at the Dufferin Grove Farmer's Market across from the Dufferin Mall. the farmer's market is from 3pm to 7pm and is always very busy so go early for best selection. there is also a guy there who sells farm fresh eggs that are terribly hard to find in toronto. i tried to get some at about 5:30 though, and he was already sold-out.

          for a back-up, i always shop at cumbrae's. they don't sell grass-fed beef but all their meats are naturally raised on small, southern ontario farms. they also sell eggs but i have yet to purchase any there. their website is

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          1. re: badlittlebaby

            actually, cumbrae's beef is "from animals grazed on fresh grass and alfalfa hay and finished on grains for flavour and marbling" according to their website. so not exclusively grass but pretty close...

            1. re: badlittlebaby

              Same concept ( grass fed, good animal husbandry) at lower cost from and they deliver, no minimum, but most boxes of beef or pork are $100-$250. But a good way to start is ground beef and summer sausage.

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            1. I have purchased grass-fed beef from The Healthy Butcher.

              1. re: EarlyDrive

                Thanks everyone for your help - I really appreciate it. I will visit all the associated websites and will undoubtedly enjoy some healthier beef in the near future.