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Where to buy grass-fed beef?

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midtownfoodie Jul 30, 2008 06:49 AM

Hello all! I was wondering if anyone knew where to buy grass-fed beef to cook at home. Any thoughts?

Thanks!

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    kobetobiko RE: midtownfoodie Jul 30, 2008 08:02 AM

    Union Square Farmer Market definitely has it.

    I have even seen it at Whole Foods.

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      nancy007 RE: kobetobiko Jul 31, 2008 01:19 PM

      Except that Whole Foods seems to carry only grass fed beef from other countries, not the U.S. Seems odd, since there are several producers here who can't get their beef into Whole Foods. (Read more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/28/din...). You can also order it online at several outlets. One is http://www.tallgrassbeef.com/. (No, I don't know those people, and have no affiliation with them. I like the fact that their cattle are raised in the U.S., and the beef is definitely grass fed.)

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        kobetobiko RE: nancy007 Jul 31, 2008 02:18 PM

        nancy you are right. If I recalled correctly the grass-fed beef at WF is from Australia (which, of course, produce excellent beef). I am not sure why.

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          JeremyEG RE: kobetobiko Jul 31, 2008 03:58 PM

          I just came from WF Chelsea and saw grass fed from NJ. Not quite NYC but closer than Australia. Eat well.
          JeremyEG

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          howboy RE: nancy007 Jul 31, 2008 06:24 PM

          I bought local, grass fed ground beef a WF, Union Sq, on Saturday. 9.99/lb. I wasn't aware that the grass fed beef I ususally buy there was from Australia, but I liked the taste of it much better (it had more flavor, and a more interesting floavor)than the local stuff i just bought.

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            JeremyEG RE: howboy Jul 31, 2008 08:01 PM

            Hey Howboy,
            What cut did you get? I'll look out for it.
            JeremyEG

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              howboy RE: JeremyEG Aug 1, 2008 04:52 AM

              It was labeled "local ground grass fed beef"...no cut mentioned.

      2. MMRuth RE: midtownfoodie Jul 30, 2008 08:04 AM

        Citarella carries grass-fed beef from Australia:

        http://www.citarella.com/Product.asp?...

        1. Striver RE: midtownfoodie Jul 30, 2008 08:33 AM

          Last time I was in Fairway (Harlem), I noticed some pre-packaged cuts of grass-fed beef in the cold room. Don't know any more specifics, though.

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            jasmurph RE: Striver Jul 30, 2008 12:41 PM

            It's Tallgrass Beef, from Kansas I believe, and I'm a big fan. The grass-fed I've had from the farmers' markets has always been too lean. I have not had Gazin' Angus Acres beef, however. Tallgrass is impressively marbled (for grass-fed [sigh]).

          2. Miss Needle RE: midtownfoodie Jul 30, 2008 08:38 AM

            Gramercy Butcher also carries it.

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              midtownfoodie RE: Miss Needle Jul 30, 2008 08:40 AM

              Great, thanks for all the suggestions! I know that Union Square Farmers Market is supposed to carry it, but i think they're only there M, W, and F which is hard to get to with work and all. I'll definitely check these out -- thanks!

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                adrman RE: midtownfoodie Jul 30, 2008 08:47 AM

                The best grass fed beef I've found at the US market is Grazin' Angus Acres on Fridays. He also has excellent chicken. I wish his prices were lower, but the quality is fantastic. I know he does a couple of other markets on other days including the weekend as well, but I'm not sure where/when. Check out their website, www.grazinangusacres.com.

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                  carijo3 RE: adrman Jul 30, 2008 11:29 AM

                  I passed by a stand (can't recall the name) at US market today that was selling grass-fed beef as well.

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                    midtownfoodie RE: adrman Jul 30, 2008 02:12 PM

                    I'll definitely swing by the market on Friday then to try it out. Thanks again!

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                      MMRuth RE: midtownfoodie Jul 30, 2008 02:46 PM

                      I did think that there was a vendor there on Saturdays as well - if I go by this weekend (hoping for some better tomatoes than I got last weekend), I'll post back.

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                        jasmurph RE: MMRuth Jul 30, 2008 08:07 PM

                        There is a booth on Saturdays that sells buffalo and beef, but I wouldn't recommend it. Sorry to say, the meat is pretty blah, as lots of grass fed beef is. I'm very much in favor of not eating corn-stuffed cow, but there's not much point in bothering with grass-fed if it lacks flavor. That's why I like Tallgrass beef--it's not nearly as much of a sacrifice.

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                          adrman RE: jasmurph Jul 31, 2008 08:48 AM

                          With the exception of GAA, that's been my experience with the grassfed beef available at the greenmarkets as well. GAA is very nicely marbled and can be prepared properly. The other vendors will tell you to cook their beef over low heat because the meat lacks marbling. Although it's great for a chuck roast, low heat does not a good steak make.

                          As a fallback, Ceriello's in the Grand Central Market usually has some very nice grass fed rib steaks available as well.

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                            craig_g RE: jasmurph Jul 31, 2008 02:46 PM

                            Yeah, I haven't been too impressed by them either.

                            On the other hand, while it's not quite what you were looking for, Three Corner Field farm has outstanding grass-fed lamb. They're there Saturdays for sure, and Wednesdays part of the year, although they were not there yesterday. Not sure if it's the wrong time of year or they just didn't make it.

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                  JeremyEG RE: midtownfoodie Jul 31, 2008 04:08 PM

                  Also, I recently tasted local, organic grass fed beef that was finished only briefly with corn. Not as sustainable as entirely grass fed but as someone who has eaten far more Keen's, Luger's, and Florence Prime Meat than he would like to admit, this beef is very close in marbling and flavor to much of the prime beef I've tasted. I was really surprised. It does not pass through the feedlot system ever and there are no antibiotics used. http://www.nyfarms.info/beef2005.html
                  Eat well.
                  JeremyEG

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                    RCC RE: midtownfoodie Aug 4, 2008 05:31 AM

                    We bought a couple of grass-fed ribeyes at Ceriello in the Grand Central Terminal market last week.

                    The steaks were tender, flavorful and cooked nicely in our oven broiler.

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                      JeremyEG RE: RCC Aug 5, 2008 05:14 PM

                      That sounds great. Did you feel like the steaks had enough fat to stay moist?
                      JeremyEG

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                        RCC RE: JeremyEG Aug 5, 2008 05:27 PM

                        The steaks were dry-aged and had sufficient fat to keep them moist, just the way like I like my steaks.

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