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Best Seattle source for quarter/half/whole animals?

eight_inch_pestle Aug 8, 2011 03:49 PM

Looking to take the plunge with a whole lamb, half pig, quarter of beef, etc. Any recommendations would be most welcome. Thanks in advance, eip.

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    tsquare Aug 12, 2011 06:16 PM

    Here's a link to some possibilities in the Skagit Valley - one of my favorite day trips:


    1. knowspicker Aug 12, 2011 05:02 PM

      This site is a good place to start.

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        ethereal Aug 12, 2011 03:11 PM

        A friend researched it, but we are getting our organic grass fed, grass finished cow from PND Farms in Centralia. We'll be picking the meat up in early September, but it's been reserved for some time.

        1. eight_inch_pestle Aug 12, 2011 01:21 PM

          Thanks all. Will report back after we've selected a farm or ranch.

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            PeteSeattle Aug 12, 2011 12:19 PM

            Bosnian Moslems can get whole lambs. Look for them, (start with a mosque) and you'll find a source.
            Another source I remember is that there's an atelier in Marysville. A friend of mine is a researcher in Fred Hutchinson's and she needed a cow's aorta. Her husband's boss in Marysville was able to supply the specialized cow part for her.

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              babette feasts Aug 12, 2011 01:30 PM

              Design studio? Or abattoir? : )

              8", have you tried Bill the Butcher or any people selling meat at farmers' markets? I get sticker shock at the farmers market, so don't remember the names...

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                eight_inch_pestle Aug 12, 2011 03:04 PM

                I haven't asked around at the FMs yet, as my local one doesn't have any meat this year for some reason. Definitely will, though. And I'll ask at Rainshadow, BtB, and Swinery, but I was thinking (speaking of sticker shock!) I might save some money by making a day trip out of it and buying straight from the source. Thanks, bf.

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              fookystyle Aug 11, 2011 04:18 PM

              We once got a full lamb for a cajun bbq from Don & Joe's in Pike Place Market, and it worked out well. Ordered over a week ahead of time, they were friendly, happily stayed open a little past closing time because I couldn't get there in time.

              Pike Place Market
              1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

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                Brunhilde Aug 8, 2011 04:36 PM

                I'd hit up Junior Livestock Auctions at local fairs. Animals have had one on one attention (well, I guess some kids have more than one animal) , anything you pay above market price can be used as a tax deduction, and help send a kid to college.

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