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henmonster Feb 21, 2012 07:38 AM

Hello Chownation -

My family and I are striving to both cut down on our meat consumption (though we're avid ominvores who like nothing more than bloody steaks) and source whatever we do eat locally and sustainably. For a while, we went to H Mart and Fresh World since it was economical (and you could acquire some really great cuts that you can't find elsewhere), but because of ethics, we returned to Whole Foods where we signed over our paychecks each week for about a 1/4 of what we bought through the Korean markets.

So... I've been looking at farms and meat shares. Smith Family Farm is local, but I've had a bit of trouble getting a hold of them and worry that it's a sign of bad customer service.

So Chowhounds -- do you have suggestions? Farms? Meat shares? Green Grocer? Eastern Market?

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  1. tommyskitchen RE: henmonster Feb 21, 2012 07:50 AM

    For meat shares, I use whitehousemeats.com - And also go see Bev at the Dupont and Courthouse farmers' markets - ecofriendly.com for the best Pork around. Neither are cheap, but probably cheaper than whole foods (I don't know, I have never been a fan of WF's Beef) - Yet both are Humane and Delicious.

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      henmonster RE: tommyskitchen Feb 21, 2012 08:17 AM

      thanks for the tips, tommyskitchen. i'll look into all of those.

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        agarnett100 RE: henmonster Feb 21, 2012 08:28 AM

        You can also try some of CSA some sell grass fed angus beef.

        http://www.marylandagriculture.info/c...
        http://www.cedarrockfarm.org/

    2. monavano RE: henmonster Feb 21, 2012 08:27 AM

      There are numerous producers/farmers at our region's farmers markets, from Eco-Friendly to Smtih Meadows to Lamb's Quarter to Virginia Lamb.
      Check out:
      http://freshfarmmarkets.org/
      http://www.marketsandmore.net/
      http://www.fallschurchva.gov/content/... http://arlingtonfarmersmarket.com/

      I have the same goals as you do-- to eat less meat, but try to buy local when I do. It's hard to resist cheaper meat, I know, but my goal is to increase my local purchases and do what I can.
      I can post later with meat share info.
      Do you have a car and freezer space?

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        henmonster RE: monavano Feb 21, 2012 09:42 AM

        Yup - have a car. Can acquire more freezer space. I'm certainly open to buying whole animal if that is both cost effective and the ethical thing to do.

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        mscoffee1 RE: henmonster Feb 21, 2012 01:09 PM

        I am not expert at this, but I really liked the pork from Cooper Penny Farm in Hanover, Maryland. I tried only a couple of pieces of beef and liked that as well. They are a small family farm and at the farmer's market this summer she told me that they also sell directly from their farm.
        http://copperpennyfarm.net/

        1. hill food RE: henmonster Feb 21, 2012 03:26 PM

          you mentioned Eastern Market, while the meat is high quality and generally local, since you're looking for a cost effective measure, I gotta say it's not. (but it is always good. so again that price vs.value thing, so annoying that we have to choose)

          1. ClevelandDave RE: henmonster Feb 24, 2012 01:25 PM

            Depending on where you are, and how much you want to spend, My Butcher and More near Annapolis has some great sourcing for locally and humanely raised top prime beef... www.mybutcherandmore.com

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