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Where to buy grass-fed meats?

sandaili Aug 5, 2008 02:21 PM

I know all the stores I go to have "vegetarian diet", but I want a no grain diet for my meats.....but I've looked everywhere. I'm in Sunnyvale/Mountain View/ San Jose area, but I can't find a thing. I'm willing to drive.


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    lmnopm RE: sandaili Aug 5, 2008 02:31 PM

    Berkeley Bowl has a respectable selection - mostly from Uruguay if I recall. It is, of course, a drive.

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      ML8000 RE: sandaili Aug 5, 2008 02:49 PM

      Whole Food (aka Whole Paycheck) has grass fed beef. Their butcher counter is actually pretty good...but on the expensive side.

      2nd on Berkeley Bowl...but that's a real haul. Given gas prices, I'd just buy closer to home.

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        SteveG RE: ML8000 Aug 6, 2008 12:14 PM

        The Berkeley Bowl stuff from Uruguay is Estancia grass fed beef, which is also carried at Falletti Foods in San Francisco. I don't know how Falletti's prices compare to Berkeley Bowl but in general I think Falletti's is pretty fair for beef.

        The web site indicates Draeger's Menlo Park has it, and Summit Store in Los Gatos

        Falletti Foods
        308 Broderick St, San Francisco, CA

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        gnomatic RE: sandaili Aug 5, 2008 03:00 PM

        Mountain View farmer's market on Sunday, Pampero Ranch beef are grass fed. I am pretty sure Whole Foods & Trader Joe in Mountain View has grass-fed beef too.

        1. AntarcticWidow RE: sandaili Aug 5, 2008 03:51 PM

          According to the Marin Sun Farms website (marinsunfarms.com), Country Sun Natural Foods in Palo Alto should carry their line.

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            bex109 RE: sandaili Aug 5, 2008 04:02 PM

            Have you considered a local CSA? The one I use (Morris Farms/TO Cattle) only takes orders annually, but I believe Marin Sun Farms will add people monthly, and they have a pickup location in Palo Alto.


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              sandaili RE: sandaili Aug 11, 2008 04:15 PM

              Thank you so much! You guys are awesome! I will look at the butcher counter the next time I'm at Whole Foods, but also everywhere else you mentioned. *hugs*

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                maigre RE: sandaili Aug 11, 2008 10:00 PM

                In addition to what others have pointed out, Prather Ranch at the Ferry Building in SF has grass fed lamb, pork, vitellone (young beef, older than veal) and buffalo. Their beef gets some grains because of the climate where the cattle live, but the guys there say that the lipids profile compares very favorably to purely grass fed in testing. In any case, it's not corn finished.

                In the south bay, where I also live, the California Ave. farmers market in PA has some grass fed beef, lamb and goat that I haven't tried, yet. As mentioned, Pampero at the MV farmers market has grass fed longhorn beef, which has a fat content that's lower than buffalo. Too low for me, but it generally tastes good. Sometimes, TLC at the MV farmers market has Morris beef, though they usually just have grass fed pork. Whole Foods has a limited selection.

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                  bgosh RE: sandaili Aug 12, 2008 01:14 AM

                  If you're willing to drive to Berkeley, Cafe Rouge carries Magruder ranch beef, which is as slow-food as can be. Chez Panisse and Olivetto serve it and really tastes like a cow should. Also they carry Peidmontese Beef from Montana, which is also spectacular. I recommend calling them first as they are a small operation and their selection waxes and wanes.


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                    Robert Lauriston RE: bgosh Aug 12, 2008 06:53 PM

                    I had a Magruder rib-eye at Cafe Rouge recently. Good, but I prefer the flavor of the Niman steaks I've had there in the past.

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