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I'm in Silver Spring and looking to buy Bison/Buffalo steaks. I've been told Whole Foods, but the local one said they didn't carry Buffalo in their meat department. I've also been pointed towards Cibola Farms for the Dupont Circle Farmers Market, but upcoming Sundays are tough for me.

I searched the topic and just found restaurants that sell Buffalo/Bison burgers/steaks. I'm looking to cook my own.

Has anyone had any success finding this?

Thanks.

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  1. There's a local place (well not too close to you) called Gunpowder Bison. http://www.gunpowderbison.com/ I didn't see it with a quick look, but they might list local stores that carry their stuff. Or if you're ambitious, you could drive up there.

    1. A few months ago I got some great buffalo at The Organic Butcher in McLean. I called ahead and they had them for me the next day. Great service and the meat was divine.

      1. Wegman's in Fairfax normally has small bison steaks and bison ground, they have been carrying more and more other bison products, but they always have those two items.

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        1. re: ktmoomau

          Yes, I would check with your local Wegmans

        2. on saturdays in courthouse, arlington, there is a good farmer's market, with one vendor in particular who usually has a very wide variety of buffalo steaks, burgers and other cuts.

          1. Shalom Kosher Market on University Blvd in Wheaton.

            1. We like Cibola:
              http://www.cibolafarms.com/

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              1. re: Dennis S

                Sorry - I see you mention Cibola, but you're discounting too early. For one thing, none of the markets are active right now. When they do become active, Cibola is at quite a few, so maybe one during the week is near your work. Lastly, I think mail order is a sizeable chunk of their business. They have online ordering.

              2. Thanks for all the input everyone. Unfortunately, it looks like I've got some driving on my hands, but atleast I know where to go now.

                1. Brookville carries D’Artagnan buffalo sometimes - I would call them. Also try wagshals.

                  1. Check your local farmer's market. I know there are at least two vendors at the Arlington farmer's market that carry buffalo.

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                    1. re: sekelmaan

                      Superfresh carries ground buffalo and buffalo steak medallions.

                    2. what whole foods are you going to...i tend to visit a lot of them depending on whether i am on the road for work or shopping and i have seen buffalo there all the time.

                      1. I am a fan of www.gunpowderbison.com They will ship to you. Very helpful too if you aren't sure what cut you want.

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                        1. re: JQuigs

                          My Butcher and More in Gambrills/Crofton area usually has Gunpowder bison but you should call to make sure if you're heading out there (they're closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in the winter). 410-451-3296 Mike or Freda.

                        2. The Whole Foods store in the Kentlands in Gaithersburg, MD stocks ground BIson on
                          a regular basis and usually has steaks & roast in stock

                          1. Thanks for all the help guys.

                            I'll give a bit of a summary of my findings.

                            Costco: I was pointed here for ground bison, and they have it. It wasn't the best, but atleast they had it.

                            Wegmans: None in the Silver Spring area, or even remotely close, but I did happen by one while in Northern VA at one point. Steaks and ground bison, but didn't buy anything.

                            Whole Foods: The Silver Spring location has it sporadically, and I've seen it a lot more frequently in other locations since my original post. The butchers usually cut whatever they have and put it out, so there's not much room to talk with the butcher and get different cuts. Which is unfortunate in that they seem to always cut the steaks 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick and leave you without an option for thicker steaks or different cuts.

                            Cibola: Sundays finally freed up for me and I made it to the Dupont Circle Farmers Market. Cibola is phenomenal. Great selection, nice thick steaks. The ground bison was very good as well. It was great to have a burger at home again that wasn't turkey for a change. (Fiancee is not a fan of the red meat, but was won over by how much healthier the buffalo is)

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                            1. re: imbecile

                              Thanks for the report back. I was wrong about the DuPont FM. I thought they ALL shut down for the winter. That's a nice deal that it's still open. I'm a tad jealous.

                              1. re: Dennis S

                                Bison steaks when from a reputable (and knowledgable about game) butcher can be lean, flavorful, and delicious. However, as I learned in my yellowstone park wanderings last month, bison is often not what you think it is. Many bison at the market is butchered too young and does not allow for a complex flavor. With that, buyer beware!