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Grass-fed meat in bulk?

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A few friends and I are thinking about ordering a side of beef (or maybe a pig) and splitting up the meat. We all live in the District and are pretty committed to eating locally, and this is a much less-expensive way to do it than getting it all at the farmers' market or Whole Foods. I'm willing to drive out to the farm to pick everything up. Does anyone have any experience doing something like this? Any farms to recommend? We're looking for something that would work out to $6-$8/lb.

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  1. We've tried "sampler packs" from West Wind Farm and been happy (and the woman who runs it is very nice). I think their bulk beef works out to between $6 and $7 a lb (but you order in September for delivery in November).

    http://www.westwindfarm.biz/

    1. Try whitehousemeats.com - They have "meatups" a couple of times a month in Adams Morgan and all of the cuts are pre-packaged - Shares are around Nine bucks a pound and 20+ lbs each. You can get more than one share if you want more, or split a share with someone if you want less. Plus, they serve samples and have wine tastings at the same time....

      I've tried the ground beef - Delicious, but I usually go for the Pork share (cheaper and smaller)

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      1. re: tommyskitchen

        I've gotten stuff from White House Meats before, and I agree that it's delicious. However, I think we're looking for something that's a little less expensive per pound.

      2. Mount Airy Farms in Upperville, VA http://www.mountairyfarms.com
        Wagon Wheel Ranch in Mount Airy, MD http://www.wagonwheelranch.org/pricel...
        For more places http://www.eatwild.com/

        Hope this helps.

        1. I'd also call Maple Avenue Market in Vienna. An amazing store that only carries local meat/veg. The owners are super helpful. My CSA share comes from them, and the meats they source are PERFECT. www.mapleavenuemarket.com/

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          1. re: anchor

            Hedgeapple Farms in Buckeystown, MD. Schultz's Meats in Emmitsburg, MD. Mt. Airy Meat Locker. All will sell you a quarter or half a beef. Half a beef is a LOT of meat, by the way.