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Grass-fed beef

After reading Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food, Animal Vegetable Miracle, and a number of other timely tomes, we have decided to try to buy only grass-fed beef from now on. So far, we've found that selection is limited. Many places only provide ground beef that is from grass-fed cattle. Do you know of any places that sell steaks and other cuts?

We live in the Glenside area and would like to drive less than an hour.

Thanks!

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  1. Guinta's Prime at Reading Terminal Market has grass-fed beef: http://www.readingterminalmarket.org/... Admittedly I don't know where Glenside is so depending on how fast you drive it may meet your driving requirements.

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    1. re: bluehensfan

      No, actually, Guinta's does not have grass fed beef. They do carry "all natural" organic beef, which I'm sure is a cut above say Acme beef, but this issue is really important to me and I recently had an extended conversation with a staffer there. She told me that grass fed beef is too expensive and that there's no demand for it. Everyone who thinks it's important to should request that Guinta's begin carrying it. It people were willing to pay up I think they and other others would sell it.

      1. re: Pgoat

        It would be nice if their market description accurately stated what they do indeed carry...sorry about that!

        1. re: bluehensfan

          Honestly, I think they cultivate the vagueness. I went there specifically for grass fed beef because I had heard it was available there. I kept asking, and they kept skirting the question. Finally, the staffer I spoke with told me that the cows, while organic, eat corn-based feed because they are less expensive and consumers prefer the taste.

    2. There was a grass fed beef vendor at the Headhouse Square Farmers market on Sunday - not sure of the cuts, but there was a long list! Also, Fair Food Farms in the Reading Terminal Market carries some cuts and I believe, although I am not positive, that Giunta's in the Reading Terminal Market also carries some grass fed beef.

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      1. re: Bigley9

        Giunta's is great. They also have free range chicken.

        Transportation alternative: Regional Rail (R5) -If you take the R5 from Glenside Station westbound (Paoli/Thornsdale) to Market East Station, you end up right there at the Reading Terminal Station. 30 minutes tops. Driving would take about 40 minutes to get there and park. There is discount parking in the indoor parking lot see website for info. http://www.readingterminalmarket.org/...

      2. You are in luck,,,The Glenside Farmers market (at Elcies) has vendors that bring grass fed beef to the market on Sat.

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        1. re: cybermome1207

          Almost all the butchers at the allentown farmers market sell grass fed beef.

          Windy springs farm is where we get our grass fed beef, and we normally get butchered at Harrings or Herrings (sp?) or Barringers Bros in Quakertown. I like Barringers because they carry a lot more offal.

          Some of the qmart butchers carry grass fed beef.

          If you attend the grange fair, all of the kids 4H projects will be sold, and they will take them to be butchered for you, a majority of them now raise grass fed only.

          This is just off the top of my head!

          Look in the Penny Power, a free discount center magazine for the Lehigh Valley, Lancaster Farmer, you can read that online, etc. It is not nearly as limited or expensive as some believe.

          :)

          1. re: sommrluv

            I just want to withdraw my rec. of Barringers Bros. We had a whole cow butchered there last year, and everytime I unwrap something else I just get more and more angrier. It's the worst butchering I've ever seen.

            I mentioned it to them at their stand, asking about the inconsistencies, and I was given attitude and no apology.

            I'd also like to rec. Hendricks Dairy...beautiful products and they are adding goats this year as well.

            1. re: sommrluv

              Hendricks is fabulous. A little pricey, but if they have what you want, the quality is unimpeachable. And they offer savings for higher quantities for some things. (Ground beef, for example.) All grass-fed, all organic, all delicious. The cheese? To die for.

              http://www.hendricksfarmsanddairy.com/

              1. re: Mawrter

                Hendricks is great if you want to drive to Quakertown..their cheese is wonderful too.

        2. You've gotten some great suggestions about sources for grass-fed beef. I also suggest - because I sure needed it myself - reading up on the shifts you have to make switching from conventionally farmed beef to grass-finished.

          Ten second soundbite:
          Less fat = less moisture = eating a shoe if you don't adjust slightly.
          1) Cook it less if using a dry technique;
          2) wet cooking is good.

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          1. re: Mawrter

            Demand is low for grass fed beef because it lacks the body and flavor of grain finished (traditioanl) beef. Remember that most beef is grass raised and only finished on grain at the feed lots.

            1. re: crispycar

              Hmmm...most beef is grass raised for a very short time then "finished on grain" where the cows are fed corn and animal by-products to get their weight up as fast as possible so they can be slaughtered as quickly as possible. Yes, this leads to more marbled beef that has the flavor profile we expect in American beef, but the ethics and the health issues involved in "grain finishing" are enough to make me look for grass-fed beef. I think if more people knew about feed-lot conditions, they'd increase demand for grass-fed.

          2. Hendricks farm in Telford has grass fed beef and lamb. Hendricksfarmanddairy.com

            Also great poultry, eggs, raw milk, nitrite free bacon, cheese and raw goat milk. It is about a half hour drive from Chestnut Hill. I go every other week.

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