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Vancouver and Victoria: Best Retail sources for high quality fish, meat and produce

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MarkG Jun 14, 2012 02:38 PM

and your suggestions for the best farmers markets in the region

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    reiney RE: MarkG Jun 14, 2012 05:08 PM

    Best meat: The Honest Butcher on W Broadway at about Trutch. Pricey but he does whole animal butchery - visits the farms, all beef is grassed, etc - and it's *excellent*. You can check his Twitter feed for photos & things that he's got in (@honestbutcher).

    1. gnashingshitfactory RE: MarkG Jun 14, 2012 07:13 PM

      Fish: Steveston docks( Richmond) are generally pretty good for quality/price..fresher/higher prices on Sat AM, selling off the 2 day older stuff on Sundays for less.
      Blue tarps are typically fish (often "boat frozen" though, depending on the season), orange for shrimp.
      Get there early, as parking is becoming a nightmare.

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        Philx RE: gnashingshitfactory Jun 14, 2012 10:36 PM

        In the past fish boats by the Go Fish location near Granville Island have provided some nice fish but haven,t bought there recently so others may be able to confirm that it is still a good option Columbus Meats in east van is a good quality Italian butcher

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        reiney RE: MarkG Jun 14, 2012 11:39 PM

        Most top restaurants source their seafood from Organic Ocean - you can buy off the boat around 1pm or so every day, from Granville Island. http://www.organicocean.com/contact.html

        Also there's the Daily Catch, which is a retail shop on Commercial Drive
        http://dailycatch.org/

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          cassie RE: reiney Jun 15, 2012 01:13 PM

          My 2c on Victoria:
          fish
          - FAS seafood
          - The Fish Store (fisherman's whart, good for eating too)
          meat
          - Orr & Sons butcher (3 locations)
          - Village Butcher on Oak Bay Ave
          - attached to the above, The Whole Beast for cured meats etc
          - Slaters Meats on Cadboro Bay Rd
          - Red Barn Market (pepperoni, bison pep, also carry local meats if you can't make it directly to a butcher)
          produce
          - Rootceller Quadra/McKenzie (one stop shopping, unless you want to farm tour it).

        2. grayelf RE: MarkG Jun 15, 2012 02:26 PM

          I like Seven Seas on Fourth in Vancouver for sea creatures.

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