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Grass fed/hormone free/free range meat suppliers near Arlington VA?

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thewraith Aug 17, 2012 07:20 AM

Hi all,

I'm new to the scene as far as grass fed and hormone free goes and I'd like to ask whether anyone can point me in the right direction here. I have tried whole foods, but am unsure if their product is actually grass fed or hormone free since there is no clarity there. I tried the Mclean butcher who was EXTREMELY expensive for chicken and beef, not to mention Mclean is quite a drive in DC traffic.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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    drewpbalzac Aug 17, 2012 10:53 AM

    If you are willing to drive to McLean then you should just go ahead and drive to one of the Wegman's in the area. I imagine that the Fairfax store is the closest.

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      Milocat1 Aug 17, 2012 11:49 AM

      Many of the farmers markets sell what I believe is grass fed and hormone free meat (chicken, lamb, pork, beef). The one on Saturdays in Old Town has two vendors and there is one at the Tuesday afternoon market in Crystal City. The afternoon Wednesday market near the King Street metro has one vendor. Dupont Circle market has a vendor that sells Polyface meats as I believe does Society Fair, the new upscale food market in Alexandria.

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        thewraith Aug 17, 2012 12:42 PM

        Thanks to both of you, I will try the farmers markets next week.

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          tcamp Aug 17, 2012 02:27 PM

          If you are in Arlington, the farmers market there, at Courthouse metro, has several grass fed, hormone-free meat sellers last time I checked. Saturday mornings.

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            chowser Aug 17, 2012 03:09 PM

            I can't get over the price of the meat sold at farmers markets around here. My husband paid over $25 for some chuck roast which should be a fairly low cost cut of meat.

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              drewpbalzac Aug 20, 2012 10:26 AM

              I recently paid $30 for a pork belly at a local farmers market. Back to Super H for the black pig belly from now on . . .

      2. chowser Aug 17, 2012 12:56 PM

        Costco has some, as does Trader Joe's. If you want more local, small store, try Mom's Organic in Alexandria.

        http://momsorganicmarket.com/retailer...

        1. tommyskitchen Aug 17, 2012 06:28 PM

          Society Fair in Alexandria - They use Randall Linebacks, and even have demos with the butcher (and sometimes the Rancher) on the different cuts. No matter what you buy, be sure to take home a pound or two of ground (to order) beef, they will be the best burgers you have ever tasted!

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            anchor Aug 18, 2012 03:42 PM

            The Local Market in Falls Church is what your looking for. A small but well-rounded selection of local, organic, grass fed and free range proteins. thelocalmarketva.com. Very close to Arlington.

            1. 3MTA3 Aug 18, 2012 06:08 PM

              Polyface (polyfaceyum.com) delivers once a month to Arlington.

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                Vidute Aug 20, 2012 11:51 PM

                "Near" is relative. I drive up to Chambersburg, PA, (from Baltimore) for organic, grass-fed beef, chicken, pork, eggs, raw milk, honey, cheese, etc at Your Family Cow. The food is wholesome, fairly-priced, and delicious.

                http://www.yourfamilycow.com

                If you want pasteurized milk, Trickling Springs is available at Whole Foods. Trickling Springs purcfhases their milk from Your Family Cow. They use a pasteurization process that doesn't destroy the milk's flavor.

                http://www.tricklingspringscreamery.com/

                Avery's Branch Farms, outside of Richmond, has various delivery drops. According to their website, all natural, grass-fed beef, pork, chickens and eggs.

                http://www.averysbranchfarmsstore.com/

                Chicama Run Farms in Purcellville has grass-fed beef, pork, chicken, duck, goat, lamb, eggs, etc.

                http://www.chicamarun.com

                The below link is for raw milk; however, it also has information on where to purchase pastured meats.

                http://www.realmilk.com/where10.html#va

                Hope this helps.

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