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Good butcher in Scarborough-Markham area?

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Wandering Foodie Feb 21, 2009 12:44 PM

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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    miwayorthehiway RE: Wandering Foodie Feb 21, 2009 01:09 PM

    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. jayt90 RE: Wandering Foodie Feb 21, 2009 01:16 PM

      Cumbrae's on Bayview Av is fairly close, and sources most products west of here, not in Durham Region.

      www.beefconnections.ca 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.

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      Cumbrae's
      1636 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

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

      Beef Connections
      Mount Forest

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        aser RE: jayt90 Feb 21, 2009 06:19 PM

        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.

        http://www.thebutchersorganic.com/

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          satoorisme RE: jayt90 Feb 21, 2009 08:58 PM

          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!

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            jayt90 RE: satoorisme Feb 22, 2009 03:59 AM

            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).

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          cynthias RE: Wandering Foodie Feb 21, 2009 07:51 PM

          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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            Dflip RE: cynthias Feb 24, 2009 07:03 PM

            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.

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              Pastryrocks RE: cynthias Feb 25, 2009 08:46 AM

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

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                scarberian RE: cynthias May 30, 2009 05:43 PM

                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. Full tummy RE: Wandering Foodie Feb 21, 2009 09:06 PM

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

                http://www.stuartcarroll.ca

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                  Wandering Foodie RE: Wandering Foodie Feb 27, 2009 06:15 AM

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

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                    IanL RE: Wandering Foodie Feb 27, 2009 05:07 PM

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

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                    JesseJensen RE: Wandering Foodie May 30, 2009 07:29 AM

                    http://www.thevillagegrocer.com/

                    the best by far..also homemade desserts, entrees and the best produce..
                    it is worth the drive to Unionville..spend some time on the main street after

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                      lsk RE: Wandering Foodie May 30, 2009 01:21 PM

                      Famu Meats in J-Town on Steeles between Victoria Park and Woodbine. Offers Ontario naturally-raised Black Angus beef and kurobuta (Berkshire pork) among other meats. Since it's in J-Town, it also offers more specific Japanese cuts (e.g., thinly sliced sirloin for shabu shabu), but it also does North American cuts as well.

                      Plus, they dry-age their own beef. They usually offer two-week dry-aged steaks, but if you put in a request ahead of time, they can age it even more. I ordered a four-week dry-aged steak from them once and it's good enough I'm doing it again next week.

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                        tjr RE: lsk May 30, 2009 02:09 PM

                        Also of note, they are taking reservations for pieces of Japanese wagyu that they will be getting soon.

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