grass fed beef
- oana Jan 21, 2009 10:46 AM
I tried this under grass fed dairy products but failed miserably :) I thought I would take a final gasp and try Grass fed beef.
does anyone have a source for grass fed beef or lamb? AKA pastured beef ...
keeping my fingers crossed :)
happy eating, Oana
The local climate makes pasturing hard. Ferme Boréalis pastures in the warm months and feeds with hay in the winter. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4568...
Supermarché PA used to have organic beef they labelled as grass fed but these days that moniker is gone. Still, you might inquire. Another possible source would be Fermes St-Vincent, the organic butcher at the Atwater and Jean Talon markets, though again you'd want to inquire. www.saint-vincentbio.com
I know but if I can have it periodically throughout the year I will take it whenever I can get it :) Thank you so much for these resources carswell. It never hurts to inquire so I will do so.
I am going to place my first beef order with ferme Le Crepuscule next week and I am excited to see what I recieve. I went to visit their (Jean-Pierre and Debbie) farm last weekend and it was incredible. I wish everyone was able to see how hard these people work for the food we take for granted. Perhaps then they would understand the prices ...anyhow that is a different subject :) Thank you again :)
Happy eating, Oana
re: The Chemist
I am not so sure that it is. It is easy to imagine that it is what with all those rolling fields :) but in reality I think it may not be the case.
That is the thing though I do not think that I have ever had grass fed beef here and I would like to be able to make an informed choice. To be able to do this though I have to find it, more importantly taste it :) and then decide which way to go.
I had grass fed meat as a child in Romania off of our farm but frankly do not remember taste and am looking forward to it.
Happy eating, Oana
Morgan Farms used to sell grass fed beef:
They are about 45 minutes from Mont St. Sauveur but you could also order by telephone and pickup at their drop off points around the city.
I use the past tense in this post because I actually don't know if they are still selling meat. The website is a bit stale and not too long ago they sent an email advising that they are going through difficulties. I have purchased from them in the past and was able to visit their farm. Their cattle were fed grass and hay and were permitted to roam freely on the hills surrounding the farm. They said though that they do finish the animals on grain though to help the marbling. I have to say that the meat was just ok. It is very lean with very little marbling and the flavour is less intense than I would have expected. Perhaps it is the breed of cattle they raise.
St Vincent located at both JTM and Atwater. This is what they state about their feed.
"En élevage biologique les ruminants, tel que veau, boeuf et agneau, doivent avoir une proportion de 60% minimum de fourrage, herbe et 40 % céréales. En production conventionnelle la proportion est presque l'inverse et pour compenser ce débalancement alimentaire les bovins recoivent des antibiotiques, ce qui n'est pas autorisé en production biologique. Donc sur notre entreprise les bovins recoivent 100% herbes en période estivale et des fourrages en période hivernale."
I find their beef to be far better than any of the conventional beef available but as good as it is it doesn't have that grassy fed taste.
Stairsholme Farm who sets up shop around the city definitely has that grassy taste. Viande et Plus in Hudson also sells good grass fed beef. Both these two raise their own beef.
Here are some more suggestions of organic livestock. Probably not grass-fed during the winter months.
In addition, the Metro store on Sherbrooke and Victoria in Westmount has started selling an organic beef (which I think the package says is grass fed).
At marché Jean-Talon I discovered this butcher called NORDEST.
I talked to a clerck there and she explained to me that their meat is not considered or tagged ORAGANIC but has all the caracteristic of it. The owner doesn't bother with this concept of being TAGGED ORGANIC.
Marché Jean Talon 514-271-4760
Their animals are wondering in the field, fed with natural grain and eat the grass freely in the Mont-Laurier fields. They give absolutely NO medication and NO growth hormones.
Add http://lesepicurieux.com in Ile Bizard, it's been discussed in another thread, great people running that place and they have amazing seaweed fed lamb from Gaspesie.
"Boeuf nourri à l'herbe
Nous sommes fière de vous offrir en exlusivité à Montréal le boeuf nourri uniquement à l'herbe "Vitalipré" de l'Abitibi. Informez-vous!"
I think most places have been covered in this thread, don't forget Ferme Valens which can be found at most health food stores like Tau, Rachelle Bery, etc...
Don't forget Stairsholme.
A third recommendation for Stairsholme: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/805596
I don't think they're certified organic, but they aren't scary. I think it's 100% grassfed, and you can always ask them for details on hormones, antibiotics, grain, pesticides, and fertilizer.
edit: it seems you started that topic on Stairsholme, so I guess you already know about them :)
I'm going to try and get to Viande et Plus in Hudson as soon as possible (am carless so will have to find a be-carred friend to come with) mostly because they have what seem to be semi-pastured eggs and I have had a total fail of a time finding those in QC, let alone Montreal. Also am going to get some of that seaweed-fed lamb because that sounds fab. Will update when I get to these places and thanks for all the tips!
Sad news, Stairsholme Farm will be no more. According to their weekly email they will be moving to BC at the end of the summer.