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Feb 13, 2009 07:03 PM

Organic Bison

Hi guys, new to these boards. Long-time reader, first time poster. I was wondering if anyone knows of a good place in Toronto to get organic bison meat, all different cuts.
Any help is appreciated...

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    1. John Edginton raises some buffalo along with Angus near Walkerton. The animals get get hay, grass and grain depending on time of year.

      1. You might want to check out this site, which lists buffalo farms throughout Ontario:

        I've visited, and bought bison from, Peterborough Buffalo Farm. The owners' son also has a stall at the Liberty Village Farmers' Market.

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        1. re: Tatai

          I know for sure that the Peterborough Buffalo Farms are not organic. The original owner, Bill Belch (Ontario's Buffalo Bill) was the first to bring bison farming to Ontario and encouraged the creation of the Ontario Bison Association. The OBA supports supplemental grain finishing because it allows for a standard product to be sold throughout all seasons. Summer pasture can be equivalent to organic, but buying (or growing) organic grain for the finishing process quickly becomes cost prohibitive. I've seen their outlet at the Liberty Village market and notice that they prominently display a comparative nutrient chart that is more misleading than helpful to the consumer. For a full discussion of the way USDA nutrient scores are marketed by national and provincial bison associations and their members, see

          BTW I used to be an associate member of the OBA and you should be aware that their farm listings, although useful, are not inclusive. A surprising number of Ontario bison farmers do not find value, for varying reasons, in membership.

        2. I saw a guy who sells bison and elk at the north SLM today. I've forgotten the name but I bought some of their bison sausages. I'll report back on those and let you know how they are.

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          1. re: CoffeeAddict416

            John Rietkerk is his name, and he owns a farm in Rockwood called Second Wind Elk. He does not raise buffalo but, rather, carries some of his neighbours' bison and boar at his stall at the Saturday SLM.

          2. My take is that any bison meat from a small operation will be as good as organic provided that the bison was grass fed most of its life. Grass fed is what a small operation will do. It's a selling point and more important than organic --- for me at least