HOME > Chowhound > San Diego >


Where to buy a half or whole grass fed cow?

Me and my brother are both in college, on a tighter budget, and eat a lot of beef. We wanted to buy a whole or half grass fed cow, but after about an hour of searching I haven't found anywhere that does this. We live in the San Diego area if that helps, does anyone have a place I could start? Preferably as cheap as possible. Thanks!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Parkfield V-6 Ranch off Highway 46 outside of Paso Robles - the ranch that runs the restaurant grows only grass fed beef. Maybe they can point you in the right direction, plus it makes a great overnight road trip to stay there. http://www.parkfield.com/

    1. No idea in SD area however when I was looking in NorCal I found quite a few options through eat wild.com - you might want to check that site out. Good luck!

      1. Try SonRise Ranch - http://www.localharvest.org/sonrise-r...

        They have CSA options and sell at most of the local farmers markets.

        1. I've looked for this myself, it's not easy to find. If you're willing to travel up to Santa Monica, there's a guy there who raises grass-fed beef and he sells that type of quantity.

          SonRise will also offer this, but they're kind of pricey.

          If you go to the Hillcrest Farmer's Market on Sunday, you can check with Sage Mountain Ranch. They have grass/vegetable (not grain) fed beef and may sell you that much.

          1. I think "grass fed" and "college budget" do not go well together, at least not in SD.
            Heck even half a cow is not the easiest thing to track down.


            1. Great question! Its much easier to get grass fed beef in Phoenix or Tucson (and sometimes you can talk to the cowboy).. and last time I checked, cost seemed reasonable (compared to grass-fed at Whole Foods or SD farmers markets) for large purchases.

              1. Try searching for grass-fed "steer" or "beef," rather than "cow," and you might have better luck.

                1. I remember that Sage Mountain Farms was offerring them a couple of years ago. No idea if they still are or how it went though. You might want to check with them.

                  1. Not an expert on this, but:

                    I'd just call them and ask.

                    1. Do a search on Craig's List. I've bought beef and lamb from a guy up in Temecula. And it's processed halal as well.

                      1. If you do a Google search for "grass fed beef," you'll find lots of possibilities. Most of them ship to you, the beef is frozen and arrives packed in well insulated (usually) styrofoam containers packed with dry ice. I've been buying grass fed beef this way for about four+ years now, except for the short while I could buy locally grown grass fed here in the Dallas area. The drought ended that. Shop carefully for prices and shipping routines so you're sure you are getting the best possible prices. It also helps if you have some idea as to what type of beef you prefer in regards to flavor. You'll find Angus and several other breeds. I'm not a particular fan of Angus beef, but many think it's the best. All of the grass fed websites I know of stand behind their shipping, and should something fail along the way, they will take care of you. And most have good prices if you want to order a few cuts first to give them a try. Hope you find what you are looking for!