Grass fed/hormone free/free range meat suppliers near Arlington VA?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
"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.
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.
Avery's Branch Farms, outside of Richmond, has various delivery drops. According to their website, all natural, grass-fed beef, pork, chickens and eggs.
Chicama Run Farms in Purcellville has grass-fed beef, pork, chicken, duck, goat, lamb, eggs, etc.
The below link is for raw milk; however, it also has information on where to purchase pastured meats.
Hope this helps.