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Oct 31, 2008 06:57 AM

Ethical kosher meat in Maine?

Can anyone recommend a good source for getting high quality ethically produced kosher meat delivered to a remote area of coastal Maine?

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  1. please post a list of your ethical requirements

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    1. re: berel

      I do not have a formal list of specific requirements and would not like to spark a debate about a topic like Hekhsher Tzedek or Agriprocessors in this forum - would just like to have some comfort that the kosher meat I am buying has been produced by someone who is also giving some consideration to issues such as treatment of employees, environmental impact, corporate and social responsibility and integrity, etc.

      1. re: bulkinoa

        If you live in a remote area of Maine, I imagine the only kosher meat you can find would be Empire poultry, Hebrew National beef and the rare Rubashkin product (with their various different brand names). Your best bet would be to do research on these various companies.

        You can also contact the people at Mitzvah Meats - - and KOL Foods -

        I don't know of any kosher meat that would fit your description that is advertised as such and available nationally. Maybe Wise Chicken which are organic and found at some Whole Foods.

          1. re: joshuaresnick

            I don't know of any non-local kosher distributors like that. But maybe contacting those groups could lead down the right trail. But yes, as far as I know, KOL is only in the greater Baltimore/DC area.

            1. re: craigcep

              KOL has expanded to several East Coast locations. For Maine, I would contact them about establishing a new buying club. If Providence, RI can sustain it, Maine probably can too.

    2. I haven't tried them yet myself (I lack the freezer space to order 20 pounds of meat at once), but someone here had linked to Arcadia Farms a few months back:

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        1. a lot of trader joe's and whole foods carry wise chicken, it might be worth it to call them and ask if there's oen local to you

          1. re: shoelace

            I'll 2nd the Wise option -- although be forewarned that adding "organic" to "Kosher" might make your head spin at the checkout line.

        2. You can look into buying a half (or whole) cow through a kosher butcher you trust. If you find a butcher who can guarantee that the cow was treated to your ethical standards, it might be worth it to purchase such a large quantity. The meat itself can be shipped to you or you can look into finding a butcher in a nearby city and picking it up.

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          1. re: cheesecake17

            I don't think the OP expressed interest in how the cow was treated. To quote "... treatment of employees, environmental impact, corporate and social responsibility and integrity...". I also don't think the butcher would know how the cow was treated.

            1. re: MartyB

              Then I don't think I can help. Most kosher meat is produced by large companies, and people interested in 'ethical' treatment of employees probably won't buy anything from a large company.

          2. Wise Organic Kosher - If you have a whole foods nearby they may carry it for you if you request it.

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            1. re: cherylp3

              Besides Wise Orginic Pastures, Empire Poultry < > has an organic line. I've seen both the standard and organic varieties of Empire chicken at . Aaron's Best also has a line of organic poultry.

              1. re: midasgold

                Aaron's Best is Rubashkin. I doubt that even if by some miracle Rubashkin chicken will still be availableorganic chicken will be. By the way, the real definition of the word organic is carbon based,hence any chicken is by definition organic.