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Moderatly Priced Organic Meat In GTA

AhadSQ Mar 24, 2012 06:28 PM

Does anyone know of a place that sells organic meat? I went to Whole Foods by Square One and nearly dropped $25 just for 4 pieces of boneless chicken breast. If anyone knows of a place please let me know. By the way would I have luck at kensington market? Thanks for the help.

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    bluefirefly Mar 25, 2012 05:30 AM

    You could try The Healthy Butcher (http://www.thehealthybutcher.com). They have 3 locations - 565 Queen St., 298 Eglinton, and one in Kitchener-Waterloo. They've got organic and locally- raised beef, chicken, pork, lamb, elk, bison, duck, geese, rabbit, and more and the people are friendly.

    If it doesn't have to be organic, Sanagan's Meat Locker in Kensington sells sustainable, locally raised meats. Cumbrae's is also another local farm-raised option and they've got 3 locations in the city as well - on Church, Bayview, and in Dundas, ON.

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      AhadSQ Mar 25, 2012 08:03 AM

      Perfect, I've noticed the Healthy Butcher location on Eglinton.. Never really went in, Thanks for the response.

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        Yongeman Mar 25, 2012 08:06 AM

        The Healthy Butcher is very good, but NOT cheap, maybe more expensive than WF.

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          AhadSQ Mar 26, 2012 08:30 AM

          Really eh? Do you know about a place called "Not Just Steaks" if so do you know if they carry organic products?

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        wontonfm Mar 25, 2012 09:58 PM

        Sanagan's is my fave. Quality is great and the service is always friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating.


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          AhadSQ Mar 26, 2012 08:31 AM

          Perfect, Thanks for the help!

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            AhadSQ Mar 26, 2012 08:32 AM

            Perfect I'll check them out this weekend!

        2. Kagemusha Mar 25, 2012 06:59 AM

          In Mississauga, try Medium Rare or possibly Aurora Meats.

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            ylsf Mar 26, 2012 06:23 PM

            Medium Rare is nice... But I think officially it is in Etobicoke (Kipling/Dundas).

            Really friendly staff. Great meat pies too!

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              plug Mar 27, 2012 06:23 AM

              The last time i talked to them, they were wet aging the red meat but he said some weeks they dry age..... how does one know?
              i guess i'd have to call them b4 each time i go?

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            LexiFirefly Mar 26, 2012 04:10 AM

            If your in the area Sunshine on college sometimes has whole organic chiclens for $13 They are frozen but they usually have some very well priced Rowe Farms chicken breasts as well.
            no website but heres the phone number!
            416 533 9582

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              AhadSQ Mar 26, 2012 08:32 AM

              Alright perfect,sounds fairly cheap. I'll check them out.. I appreciate the help!

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              blizzardgirl33 Jan 9, 2013 05:36 PM

              In the west end, you can try Butcher by Nature http://www.butcherbynature.com .
              There are good butchers in Kensington Market and St. Lawrence Market as well.

              If for "GTA" you are willing to travel out of the city, my favourite source for meat is Agram Meats http://www.agrammeats.com/ .
              The farm, abattoir, processing, and store are all on the same property near Georgetown, operated by the same people. Not certified organic, (which means their prices are very reasonable) but all natural and local, and I feel good about buying my meat there.

              Another not certified organic, but as good as is "Fresh from the Farm" near Donlands and O'Connor. http://freshfromthefarm.ca/. All Kitchener-Waterloo area Mennonite products. Mennonite farmers produce food for their local community, and since they trust each other to use healthy practices, they don't feel the need to certify. Good stuff, available in store or by pre-order. Also baked goods, home canning, cheese, eggs and produce (in season).

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                AhadSQ Jan 17, 2013 09:46 AM

                Thank you for your extensive response, I think I might check out Agrams Meats as I want to step away from grocery store meat.

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                  chrisfernando100 Jan 20, 2013 07:07 PM

                  i'm a big fan of black angus meats...although it is in mississauga...

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                    AhadSQ Jan 21, 2013 02:06 PM

                    I live in Mississauga, whereabouts is it?

              2. Googs Jan 21, 2013 10:44 AM

                How's Bloor & Ossington? Vince Gasparro's has well-sourced, if not organic, meats. They've been around since the 60's for a reason.

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                  Attknee Jan 21, 2013 02:13 PM

                  Try The Butcher Shop at Markham Road and Kingston Road for very reasonably priced whole organic chickens which are delicious. There may be other organic meat there too.

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                    erly Jan 21, 2013 02:22 PM

                    Galleria supermarket is very reasonable for organic chicken.
                    It is also the best tasting that I have ever found.
                    Available from Thursdays on.
                    Not always in stock beginning of week.

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                    mkhall Jan 22, 2013 07:21 AM

                    Don't believe anyone has mentioned some of the order/delivery services?

                    I just placed an order for West Side Beef ($150 for 20 lbs), don't believe its certified organic, but local/sustainable. Can check their website for more details. I will let everyone know how my experience with it goes.

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                      AhadSQ Jan 22, 2013 08:46 AM

                      That isn't such a bad price, please do let us know how it goes as I might give it a shot.

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                        kmbar Jan 22, 2013 08:59 AM

                        I just picked up my order from them. They were very organized and the beef looks great. Worked out to 16 lbs of beef, 2 containers of stock, and a half container of fat. It included 1 small tenderloin, 2 strip loins, 2 sirloins, medium ground, 6 sausages, a flat iron, and an eye of round roast, I think.

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                          AhadSQ Jan 22, 2013 09:03 AM

                          That's not bad, where exactly are they located?

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                            mkhall Jan 22, 2013 09:05 AM

                            That sounds amazing.

                            Do you mind posting some pics? Ha ha

                            Is everything labelled? I for some reason doubt my meat cut-recognizing abilities.

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                              kmbar Jan 22, 2013 01:53 PM

                              Everything was labeled clearly. And we actually got 8 sausages, not 6!

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                                mkhall Jan 23, 2013 08:25 AM

                                Looks amazing.

                                Thanks for the pics, looking forward to my order.

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                                  AhadSQ Jan 23, 2013 09:25 AM

                                  That actually looks really good, I might just go and place an order with them! Thanks for taking the time to post pictures.

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                            klf Jan 22, 2013 12:02 PM

                            I just picked up my order last night from Richmond Station. We got: 2 large tubs of good unseasoned stock (already used some of it), 1 medium tub of beef fat, 1 small tenderloin, 2 ribeyes (ate these immediately - delicious), 1 osso buco, 1 vacio, 1 small top sirloin, 5lbs of ground, some stewing beef, 1 round roast, 1 blade steak, some oxtail, 6 sausages, beef cheek. Everything is vacuum packed and labelled.

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