Organic Meat Delivered to Paris?
I've recently been on the prowl for an organic farm that delivers meat to Paris, and there are a surprising number of them out there. The general idea is that you get a box of meat between 5-12 kilos for €15-19 per/kg depending on the site (which is a HUGE difference in price from buying at the bio stores). I'm wondering if anyone has ordered meat in this manner and can give some feedback as to the quality and taste? I'm all for having a stock of beef in the freezer, but am a little worried about being stuck with 12 kg of crappy product.
The ones catching my eye the most are Biosegur.com, viande-beouf-biologique-paris.com, and atanka.com. There are several others that specialize in pork, veal, etc.
The other thing I'm unsure of is whether these farms are selling beef that is fully grass fed or simply organic. I read the post about grass fed beef/raw dairy, and I'm sure the cows in France generally spend more time in the fields than in the US…however, I've also read that France's feed farms are up north, near Paris, and that it is quite common to send cattle there for a couple months before slaughter. These couple months of eating corn and grains pretty quickly undo all the health benefits of having been pasture raised all their lives.
With my level of french I can understand about 85% of what's written on the websites, but what I understand seems to be a little vague. Any insight would be gratefully received!
I'm just back from the Ferme de Saint-Bonnet website (viande-boeuf-biologique-paris.com) and the offer is interesting. The meat is produced on the farm, cattle in France is grass-fed and in this case there is not much probability of the Saint-Bonnet Aubrac cows spending any time in the feed farms you're mentioning, which are rather designed for supermarkets and grande distribution. There are some cereals in their cow's diet but certainly not much of that and all of it is organic and produced in Auvergne. Also the box of meat from this farm is about 5 kg. Aubrac beef is excellent. I haven't been to the other sites yet.
Thanks for the insight Ptipois, I was considering going with them because of the smaller amount even though it is one of the more expensive ones. It seems like a lot of pot au feu is in my future! It's also nice to know that Aubrac beef is known to be delicious…having no idea what the difference is between breeds of cattle has been another element of confusion. Thanks again!