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Farmers maket that sells meat...?

PixieX Jun 26, 2012 02:27 PM

Hello...I'm new to Miami and I'm searching for a good farmers market that sells good quality meat. Walmart is ridiculous and the prices in publix are ridiculous. I moved from Atlanta, GA and would go to the Buford Farmers Market...if anyone has ever been to that one, then you'll know what I'm looking for. I'm still trying to learn my way around the area...I live in North Bay Village, about ten mins from North Beach...so if anyone knows of a good one nearby, I would appreciate the knowledge. Thanks.

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    chefalex Jul 3, 2012 11:11 AM

    Gaucho Ranch's grass-fed ribeye is fantastic.

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      Mike Moskos Jun 28, 2012 08:09 AM

      Here in Miami, what's sold at farmers' markets and through food clubs is premium quality, 100% grass-fed/pastured meat.

      Proper Sausages also sells at the North Miami Farmers' Markets on Thursday afternoons/evenings.

      The only farmer I know selling beef at farmers' markets locally is Arrowhead; here's a link to the markets they're at: http://floridagrass-fed.com/buy-local-grass-fed-beef-store-locator-where-can-i-buy-grass-fed-beef-in-florida-buy-meat-locally-find-stores/ Of those, "My Healthy Food Club" is less priced than the rest because it comes from the Amish.

      In Miami, 100% pastured/grass-fed beef is sold through various food clubs. In Broward county though, there are a few retailers that sell it: Marando Farms and BM Organics. But, this the most premium of beef, so expect sticker shock. Here's a link to all the pastured meat retailers/food clubs: http://localfoodsouthflorida.org/dair...

      Florida is a big beef/dairy state, but it is largely in the Orlando area and up. And shipping costs make our costs higher than other states. Also, we don't have the slaughtering facilities other states have. Joel Salatin sells his various pastured meats at a far lower price than you can find down here because the farmers' costs are far higher. On a side note, conventional meat contains up to 30% more water than pastured, so in many ways, pastured is a better value if you can get past looking strictly at the price per pound.

      But, if what you're looking for are less expensive meats, then Penn Dutch may be the closest place. Also, some of my family buys a large "ball" of sirloin at Serdano's supermarkets for I think, $2.59 a pound and they cut it up into thin "steaks" and grind the rest for them. I'm sure others can suggest other places.

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      1. re: Mike Moskos
        PixieX Jun 28, 2012 01:00 PM

        Thanks so much Mike...I appreciate it so much!

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        keithtang Jun 27, 2012 07:36 AM

        The Fresh Market offers good meat, but if you think Publix is expensive than Fresh Market is even more so. Penn Dutch by I-95 and Stirling also offer good selection and should be much more reasonable, though I don't really frequent there.
        A good tip for good Beef is go to some of the Argentinian Grill Restaurants. many of them offers Argentinian beef sold raw. Some good meat there.
        I go to Food Town for my different cut of pork. Also New York Mart at Sunset Strip and Hiatus.
        Hope this helps.

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        1. re: keithtang
          Frodnesor Jun 27, 2012 07:48 AM

          Estancia Argentina (Aventura) and Graziano's Market (Coral Gables) and Patagonia (Coral Gables) all have butcher cases. Doubt any of them will be cheaper than the supermarkets but will usually be better quality (if you like grass-fed). I think unless the export rules have changed that the beef at the Argentinian places is all Uruguayan, not Argentinian (not that I could say there's a difference ...)

          1. re: Frodnesor
            PixieX Jun 28, 2012 01:01 PM

            Aventura's pretty close, I'll check it out...I'm look into everybody's suggestions. I want to thank you for your time :)

          2. re: keithtang
            PixieX Jun 28, 2012 01:03 PM

            I went to Fresh Market and Whole Foods...I'm guessing I won't find anything as cheap as the farmers market in GA, but oh well. lol. I never thought about buying meat from the Argentinian Restaurants....High Five for that one. There's one up the street from me, so I'll ask. Thanks Keith.

          3. Frodnesor Jun 27, 2012 05:38 AM

            Proper Sausages sells their sausages at the Biscayne / 66th market, but I've never seen anyone selling beef or anything else. And this is a city that is sorely lacking in good butcher shops. You may want to check out Gaucho Ranch, which sells Uruguayan grass-fed beef and has a spot at 72nd, west of Biscayne. Their prices are not going to be better than supermarkets but the quality will be better.

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            1. re: Frodnesor
              PixieX Jun 27, 2012 06:17 AM

              Thanks so much. I'll definitely check them out. Proper Sausages and Gaucho Ranch....thanks so much for your reply ;)

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