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ISO Horse Meat in SW Ontario

itryalot Jul 8, 2010 06:42 AM

Looking for graded horse meat (organic best) is SW Ontario from Kitchener to Windsor. Any suggestions?
Could also make the trip to GTA if needed.

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    myriam5555 Feb 11, 2011 05:29 PM

    Up until recently, the Black Hoof had a horse sammy on their menu. You could contact them and ask who their supplier is.

    The Black Hoof
    928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

    1. atomeyes Feb 11, 2011 06:38 PM

      i think its sold on the down-low.
      i know its big with the Kazhaki community. they buy it. but you need to find a european butcher to do it.

      1. meatnveg Feb 11, 2011 07:08 PM

        - Whitehaven meats in St. Lawrence market carries it.
        - Healthy Butcher might be able to get it special ordered

        Amongst restaurants, La Pallet has had the horse tenderloin for ages
        Black hoof also does, but I personally don't like their creation.

        The Healthy Butcher
        565 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

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          atomeyes Feb 12, 2011 09:42 AM

          Whitehaven or Whitaveen?

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            meatnveg Feb 12, 2011 07:55 PM

            sorry it's Neither...WhiteHouse meats.

            I asked at the Rowe farms store on Roncy, and he said to check with Cumbrae's or Healthy Butcher.

            The Healthy Butcher
            565 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

            481 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

            1. re: meatnveg
              flying101 Feb 13, 2011 09:29 AM

              I don't think the healthy butcher carries it or has a supplier, I have asked the eglinton location before and they said no (with a odd look on their face like they didn't know people ate horse)

              Then again that could just have been an uninformed employee

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          ngmatthe Feb 11, 2011 07:27 PM

          The only horse butcher that I know of in the GTA can be found a little bit south of woodbridge on Islington avenue.

          Their contact is below

          2995 ISLINGTON AVENUE
          M9L 2K9 NORTH YORK , ON

          Phone: (001) 416-749-1633

          1. pinstripeprincess Feb 11, 2011 09:15 PM

            fiesta farms sells it as "cheval" in the same area as the rabbit and duck. not sure if it's organic and really not sure about many of its details in general. could ask them who their source is.

            that being said this is an old thread brought up again, so perhaps you can share any leads you found.

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              ikapai Feb 13, 2011 09:42 AM

              What area of the store has the rabbit? I was going to look last time I was there but I totally missed it.

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                estufarian Feb 13, 2011 11:07 AM

                That's along the north wall, towards the NW corner ( west side of the Game and Duck display cooler). I've seen the rabbit, but never the cheval (so far)!

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                  myriam5555 Feb 13, 2011 12:02 PM

                  I was there today and checked. They had rabbit, but no horse.

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                    pinstripeprincess Feb 13, 2011 02:43 PM

                    call in advance then? admittedly i haven't seen it there very frequently and don't usually check that section (i get my stuff from sanagan's) any way. but it was there the last time because i thought it was funny they felt the need to call it cheval.

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              slacker1 Feb 14, 2011 04:44 AM

              Dutch Toko, 118 Wyndham St., Guelph has horse meat regularly - at least whenever I've been in. Don't know if it is organic or not, but worth a call.

              Dutch Toko
              118 Wyndham St N, Guelph, ON N1H4E8, CA

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                foodyDudey Feb 14, 2011 05:40 AM

                I highly doubt that most horse meat is "organic". Much of the horse meat comes from pleasure horses that are no longer wanted by their owners, and those are definitely not organic. There are some farms that raise horses but I don't know if those are organic. The most tender meat comes from older horses, and that is one reason why older pleasure horses are used.

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                  ikapai Feb 18, 2011 08:17 AM

                  Yeah I can second that the horse meat is most likely never organic. I own two horses and I don't think there is a single line of horse feeds we can purchase that is considered organic. Also most horse owners give their horses all sorts of supplements and drugs to keep them "healthy."

                  I'm not aware of any farms in Ontario that raise horses just for consumption, though there could be some.

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                    Whats_For_Dinner Feb 18, 2011 10:48 PM

                    Doubt there's much in the way of commodity horse farming in Ontario, but Quebec certainly has some. Nowhere near as common as in, say, Belgium or thereabouts.

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                LawnGnome Feb 18, 2011 09:54 PM

                Elmwoods at Hurontario and Lakeshore. They have frozen cryovac packages of it. They arent the newest however, but they have it. I picked some up a few months ago for a stew. It wasnt too bad, like a slightly gamey, extremely lean beef.

                I only bought it because I hadn't seen it before, but didn't realize it was a hard to find item.

                Lakeshore Restaurant
                2390 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8V1C3, CA

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                  ngmatthe Feb 19, 2011 07:37 AM

                  The link i posted above is a dedicated Italian horse butcher (as the name implies).

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