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Ethical kosher meat in Maine?

bulkinoa Oct 31, 2008 06:57 AM

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. berel RE: bulkinoa Oct 31, 2008 07:19 AM

    please post a list of your ethical requirements

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      bulkinoa RE: berel Oct 31, 2008 07:36 AM

      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.

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        craigcep RE: bulkinoa Oct 31, 2008 08:26 AM

        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 - http://www.mitzvahmeat.com/Home.html - and KOL Foods - http://www.kolfoods.com/

        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.

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          joshuaresnick RE: craigcep Oct 31, 2008 08:36 AM

          Isn't KOL Balto-Washington only?

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            craigcep RE: joshuaresnick Oct 31, 2008 09:01 AM

            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.

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              Kosher Critic RE: craigcep Mar 16, 2009 07:48 AM

              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.

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      GilaB RE: bulkinoa Oct 31, 2008 08:41 AM

      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: http://www.arcadia-farms.com./index.html

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        shoelace RE: MartyB Oct 31, 2008 10:06 AM

        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

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          ferret RE: shoelace Oct 31, 2008 11:47 AM

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

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          cheesecake17 RE: bulkinoa Nov 2, 2008 10:11 AM

          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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            MartyB RE: cheesecake17 Nov 3, 2008 09:55 AM

            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.

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              cheesecake17 RE: MartyB Nov 3, 2008 10:39 AM

              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. cherylp3 RE: bulkinoa Nov 3, 2008 09:22 AM

            Wise Organic Kosher - If you have a whole foods nearby they may carry it for you if you request it. http://www.wiseorganicpastures.com/ca...

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              midasgold RE: cherylp3 Nov 3, 2008 10:05 AM

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

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                momrn RE: midasgold Nov 3, 2008 01:44 PM

                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.

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              shoelace RE: bulkinoa Nov 3, 2008 07:00 PM

              costco has some turkey and chicken organic stuff that theyre selling off their website



              i had a friend in northern nh who ordered his turkey from them l;ast year for tanksgiving

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                bulkinoa RE: bulkinoa Nov 4, 2008 05:58 AM

                thank you all for your comments / suggestions

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                  nymama RE: bulkinoa Nov 25, 2008 05:08 PM

                  I know my friend in Colorado had meat shipped to her from Mitzvah Meat, which I heard is expanding up to Boston and Rhode Island. I don't know about Kol Foods. Wise Organic meat is not necessarily ethically raised or slaughtered nor is it pasture-fed and finished-- it is just fed organic feed.

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                  momrd RE: bulkinoa Mar 9, 2009 07:22 PM

                  I tried Arcadia Farms. Excellent meat, great packaging. They ship.

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                    easknh RE: bulkinoa Mar 10, 2009 01:04 PM

                    I just heard today about a glatt company out of Denver called Golden West Cattle. www.goldenwestglatt.com They sell premium Angus beef only with standards similar to Arcadia. They ship frozen via UPS so it should be good for you.

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