HOME > Chowhound > San Diego >

1/2 cow in SD ??

captcook Jan 29, 2009 01:20 PM

Anyone know where I can get some real meat. I am looking to buy in bulk at a half reasonable price. Hoping not to get ripped off too badly for the privelege of eating animals that eat grass! or I have seen pricing for buying online at Brandt Beef which is a bit steep to say the least ( I don't think Tony Soprano would charge those kind of prices ) Please don't send me to Whole Foods. Also 1/2 pig, lamb, goat etc would be very much appreciated

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. c
    cookieshoes RE: captcook Jan 29, 2009 01:31 PM

    Hmmm, what about the Butcher Block in Barrio Logan?
    They seem to have a pretty thorough setup. Wouldn't be surprised if they did orders like that.

    1. Josh RE: captcook Jan 29, 2009 01:31 PM

      Homegrown Meats in La Jolla.

      1. s
        stevewag23 RE: captcook Jan 29, 2009 01:37 PM

        There is a Meat guy at the little italy farmers market. I bet he could "steer" you in the right direction. So to speak.

        7 Replies
        1. re: stevewag23
          kudru RE: stevewag23 Jan 30, 2009 07:02 AM

          The meat guy is Da-Le Ranch. He has cows/goats/pigs available (and chickens, rabbits) in whole/half/quarters. At the little italy market and responds to email ... http://www.localharvest.org/farms/M10630

          1. re: kudru
            Josh RE: kudru Jan 30, 2009 08:35 AM

            What kinds of cuts does he usually have at Little Italy?

            1. re: kudru
              stevewag23 RE: kudru Jan 30, 2009 10:00 AM

              Yep. Thats it.

              The guy is a class act.

              1. re: stevewag23
                captcook RE: stevewag23 Jan 30, 2009 04:36 PM

                He looks like the real deal. Thanks a lot for the input. All I need now is to make sure I get some of the back so I can make my own bacon ( English style).

              2. re: kudru
                menuinprogress RE: kudru Jan 31, 2009 12:14 PM

                We've been getting pork and lamb from Da-Le Ranch for the past few months and have been really happy with them.

                1. re: menuinprogress
                  Josh RE: menuinprogress Jan 31, 2009 04:30 PM

                  I just bought some of their grass-fed beef today, looking forward to trying it out. It's interesting how they operate. You have to ask what they have, some of their beef is not grass-fed, and is fed with alfalfa, which is shipped in.

                  Their pork sounds interesting, they contract with grocery stores to take their old produce, and waste grain from kibble manufacturers. Kind of cool that they recycle all this food that would otherwise be wasted.

                  1. re: Josh
                    stevewag23 RE: Josh Feb 16, 2009 10:22 PM

                    How was it?

            2. c
              Cathy RE: captcook Jan 29, 2009 03:22 PM

              All of those animals are auctioned off at the County Fair every year, during the last days (July 3-4). You'd have to find someone to split the meat with, though, if you only want a half.

              Doing it that way would end up having the best price, as well as supporting the local 4H Clubs..

              1 Reply
              1. re: Cathy
                captcook RE: Cathy Jan 29, 2009 03:37 PM

                Thanks, that's more of what I had in mind.

              2. thirtyeyes RE: captcook Jan 29, 2009 07:43 PM

                In order to provide cheap meat, a producer would need to lower costs. How do you suppose that would be accomplished when dealing with a cow? Cheap feed, overcrowding, dirty pens, minimal Vet care/oversight, etc. Personally, I'm not too interested in finding bargain beef.

                1 Reply
                1. re: thirtyeyes
                  captcook RE: thirtyeyes Jan 30, 2009 04:29 PM

                  Not looking for cheap beef just don't want to get in the a.s. I lived in Europe for 20 years and on the East coast for several so it's not my first rodeo. If you think that the local SD pricing for organic beef is reasonable it's time we took a trip.

                Show Hidden Posts