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Where to find beef from cows that have not been fed ground-up cows? (MSP)

I know I am more likely to be hit by a car than to get BSE from beef, but I still want to avoid beef from cows that have been fed other ground-up animals.

I know where I can get quarters of good grass fed beef, but I don't want a whole quarter. I know about Thousand Hills beef, but their beef is sans bones. I want bones in my beef, because I think the flavor is better plus I get the bonus of the bones for stock.

Finally, I hate to mail order food because of the carbon costs of shipping stuff.

Any suggestions for where to go in MSP for delicious beef with bones from cows that have been fed properly?

If this has already been covered in another thread, pls advise and I will read that thread.

Thanks, everyone.

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  1. I'm not sure but I think the beef from Holy Land Market is what you are looking for. Stop in or give them a call, they are very helpful.

    1. Head for the St. Paul Winter Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings (not sure if they're there tomorrow, but I'd guess so). Outside where the indoor market is, there are usually meat producers selling their wares. I think you can find what you're looking for from one or more of them....

      1. the co-ops. wedge, seward, mississippi market.

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        1. re: soupkitten

          Seconded. I shop mostly at the Seward and they have grass-fed beef cuts on the bone.

          My other suggestion is the farmer's market, if you don't mind buying frozen. I'm not sure if all of them are grass-fed but you can certainly talk to them and ask. I buy from the Bar 5 stand a lot.

        2. It is illegal in the US to feed animal byproduct to cows. it's allowed in some other feeds but not very common.

          To put some perspective on the issue. World wide there have been 188,579 cases of BSE. 3 were in the US.

          1. You may also want to give Lorentz Meats a call. They are a very nice second generation processing facility South of MSP. They don't retail anymore, but they do process for many of the high quality local farmers/ranchers. They do plenty of grass fed and organic.

            The animal is one big factor but cutting up the meat correctly is another.


            1. I see a trip to Seward or the St. Paul Farmers Mkt. in my immediate future! Thanks for these great suggestions.

              IIRC, there's a co-op in Burnsville that butchers beef. Does anyone know anything about that?

              And does anyone know why it's getting so hard to find beef WITH BONES at the grocery store?

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              1. re: soccermom13

                "And does anyone know why it's getting so hard to find beef WITH BONES at the grocery store?"

                Demand is low and Bone meal is a very popular organic fertilizer thus more profitable.

                1. re: Stan

                  Boneless meats are easier for a grocery store to manage. Instead of managing the whole animal, a grocery store orders precisely what it needs and skips the extra processing complexity.

                  The next step is the further reduction of store labor cost by purchasing portion cut and prewrapped meats. These are sold in gas flushed overwrapped trays which arrest the appearance of spoilage. The cutting occurs in a high volume processing plant where labor costs are theoretically easier to manage and the butcher at the store increasingly wields a box cutter.

                  1. re: Stan

                    Most of the meat is case ready when it comes to the grocery meat cases these days. The dog bone market is popular and butchers are holding the bones back because they can get more money for them selling them as bones and bone meal too!

                  2. re: soccermom13

                    No idea, sorry. But then again, I don't buy my meat that way. But I probably should! You have a good point, re: stock-making.

                    I like Farm on Wheels at the St Paul Farmer's Market, that's where we get a lot of our chicken and beef. I also like Bar 5's beef.

                    1. re: soccermom13

                      I realize it is not the same as meat on bones, but the Wedge does sell frozen bones from grass fed cattle (femur bones usually - the kind with lots of marrow).

                      1. re: soccermom13

                        Soccer mom -- Valley Natural Foods is the co-op in Burnsville. I'm not familiar with the extent of in-house butchering they do.

                        Since you ask about Burnsville, I'll make the bold assumption you live in that area. If so, next summer, I would urge you to head down to Lakeville, just south of the airport, and visit these guys. www.highviewpastures.com

                        A real nice family and they take good care of their animals. You also can interact directly with the processor if you want. Yes, you have to buy a quarter (or more) but you've got a year to plan.

                      2. Harmony Valley Farm CSA sells beef - you don't have to be a member to order. Have to plan ahead - only limited times - May, Nov and Dec. http://harmonyvalleyfarm.com/ Lots of local pickup sites.

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                          1. re: otps

                            There is also Traditional Foods Warehouse near 61st and Lyndale S. They are a buying club that specialize in meats and other products that are all grass fed, minimally processed, and high in nutrients. Website-