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Feb 21, 2009 12:44 PM

Good butcher in Scarborough-Markham area?

Hi everyone, I'm looking for a butcher that offers organic-raised meats and/or a variety of different meats not usually found in the big boxes in this area.

I haven't been able to find a store like Healthy Butcher or Cumbrae Farms in the area. That sounds a bit weird to me because isn't Scarborough-Markham closer to the farms than downtown?

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  1. If you are an organic freak you cannot be living in Scarborough-Markham area. How about going downtown Toronto to the St.Lawrence Market and coughing up your weekly paycheck to the merchants there?!! They will love you for being soo specific and happily satisfy you?!

    1. Cumbrae's on Bayview Av is fairly close, and sources most products west of here, not in Durham Region. has a delivery of beef including organic, to Pickering in March.

      Highland Farms is good for unusual or variety meats.

      There is a Stouffville farmers market on Saturday mornings that may be of interest.

      1636 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

      Highland Farms
      850 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

      Beef Connections
      Mount Forest

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      1. re: jayt90

        not in markham/scar, but in the burbs still. The Butchers opened their new location right by Promenade mall, near Bathurst & Centre. They have organic meats.

        1. re: jayt90

          OMG I've been dying to get my hands on some gooood ol' naturally raised meat around Durham Region! Beefconnections sounds like a total saviour for me, well at least for now... have you tried any of their products? good or bad? anything I should avoid? your valuable tips will be greatly appreciated!

          1. re: satoorisme

            beefconnections has good boxes of beef and pork; try to ask for thick cut steaks or chops. Summer sausage is traditional 'Old Order', worth ordering. Extra packages of ground beef are worthwhile too, as they are well flavored and from a small herd of cows. I make good medium rare burgers with their meat.
            If you enjoy your first order, then consider custom butchering, where you can specify cuts, and breeds ( Shorthorn, Hereford, Angus, Duroc, and Berkshire).

        2. you have to try The Butcher Shop on kingston Rd and Markham!! I was very excited to have discoverd it ! High Quality meats ...I'm not sure they are all organic but definitly the best butcher in Scarbourough with a downtown feel.

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          1. re: cynthias

            If you're in the area, Tony at the Butcher Shop has very good meat and I used to frequent the establishment when it was located at Eglinton and Danforth Road. I was quite pleased. If you head further east there is Buckingham Meats in Oshawa. East of Simcoe St., north of the hospital, south of Rosland on 28 Buckingham, it looks like a house. Very good meat in the east end, but I'm not sure it's organic.

            1. re: cynthias

              I'll 3rd The Butcher Shop on Kingston Rd and Markham. Good chicken, and they sell a proper roasting chicken.

              1. re: cynthias

                I usually get up early on Saturday and go to the St. Lawrence Market. I usually get my meat from Rowe Farms first (north side), then The Butcher Shop on Kingston Rd. and finally Highland Farms. Rowe Farms opened a Queen St. E. branch in Leslieville. However I'm not that picky on where I get my meat from as long as the quality is there. The Butcher Shop is very good. Their marinated boneless leg of lamb rocks. They've recently added 100% organic whole chicken. The regular chicken is free range and of very good quality. They age their beef on the premises. The service is friendly and the prices are comparable to other butcher shops. Highland farms has a higher quality than the other chain supermarkets. They are slowly getting into organic produce/meats and items.

              2. I have no idea if they sell organic, but what about this place, located on Main Street in Markham?


                1. Nice. Thanks, I'll be checking out some of these places this weekend.

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                  1. re: Wandering Foodie

                    Try Markham Quality Meats, they have organic chicken.
                    they are new to Markham, and the prices are great !!!