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Jul 21, 2009 11:32 AM

beretta organic farms - comments/feedback please

hi chowhounders,

i'm hoping to test out the waters in the whole organic/humane meat movement ... i posted previously asking about butchers that would fit the bill in the etobicoke area.

in my search, i found that beretta organic farms has an office in etobicoke and will allow you to pick up your orders directly at their office. they waive the minimum $150 order too. i'm thinking about trying this out as it's super convenient and also cuts out any middle-men in the process. plus, the folks @ beretta have been super responsive to my emails/questions.

i've searched on this board for feedback/reviews of beretta and they seem mixed so i'm wondering if you could please post your experience with beretta meats. right now, i'm most interested in chicken/beef/turkey.

thanks so much!

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  1. beretta farms is also sold at Queens Quay Loblaws. We have bought the filet steak a few times. They are about 22.99 a pound and are excellent.

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    1. re: paper_bag_princess

      hi pbp,

      i've seen some of the beretta stuff @ the loblaws (427/burnhamthorpe) near me ... but always in the 50%-off discount bin. i will look in the regular area ... i'm curious to know if the prices are any different. i would hope so since i'm cutting out the middleman by buying direct from beretta.


      1. re: paper_bag_princess

        However, the rib eye steak is always tough!

      2. They are also at the Dufferin Grove market on Thursdays.
        I made some braised short-ribs which were outstanding. I find the quality/price ratio a happy medium between say Cumbrae and whatever's at the supermarket.
        They also have a monthly special which is good to look out for.

        1. I have ordered from them in the past & had it delivered to my home. The experience was quite good...

          We thought the quality of meat was much improved over what you can get in the grocery store. We would wait for sales on particular cuts of meat then stock up. Also you get hard to find cuts such as onglet (skirt steak) easily from them and it was delicious!
          Also ordered the turkey - it was probably some of the best we ever ate. Moist & flavourful.

          For our budget - we did find cuts like tenderloin very expensive and therefore stuck to cheaper cuts and the sausages (which were heavenly.)

          1. hi all,

            thanks for the comments.

            i too have noticed the attractive price points on their website ... this month, whole chickens are $4.69 each ... seems really reasonable to me! we're going to clear out some of our stock in our freezer and place an order.

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            1. re: lilaki

              Good scoop, by the way. These are amazing prices for organic meats. And if you pick it up in etobicoke, no minimum order?

              do you know if this stuff is frozen and if you can select from a variety? I mean, if I'm buying a prime rib roast, I want to pick it.

              1. re: grandgourmand

                according to my email convo with the folks @ beretta, there is no minimum order if you pick up at their etobicoke office (carlingview and dixon).

                the stuff is frozen but i don't think you can pick your specific piece ... they've been super responsive so far with me so maybe you can email and ask them? perhaps you can specify some details for the piece you're looking for? not sure if they would guarantee it though...

              2. re: lilaki

                I would interpret the whole chicken price as $4.69/lb, so each bird would be $15 to $20, still good for organic.

                1. re: jayt90

                  i'm not sure about the pricing ... i'll have to get more clarity ... i added ONE chicken to my shopping cart and the price was $4.69. not $4.69 X weight...

                  1. re: jayt90

                    It's a bit confusing.

                    If you look at the prime rib roast, it says $14.49. Even at the regular price of $17.49, it would be $7/lb for their smallest roast size. Something tells me that the listed price is actually for a roast. In other cases, look at smoked pork hock for example, they notify you that the price is per lb. So either they're being inconsistent, or they are offering excellent prices on organic meat.

                    EDIT: just spoke to them, those are all prices per lb. Their website isn't clear enough. So the chicken is actually $4.69 per lb, not the price for a whole bird. That seemed too good to be true, and clearly was.

                    1. re: grandgourmand

                      oh boo!

                      grandgourmand - thanks for checking it out! i think i still may place a small order with them and take it from there. i like the idea of being able to buy directly from the farm ...

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