Grass-fed meat source
My nephew and niece live in Fort Worth. They were recently married and I'd like to give them some money to spend at a great butcher shop near where they live. By a "great" butcher shop I mean an actual butcher who can talk to them about the meat, preferably locally owned, and carrying meat with a bunch of hippie adjectives attached. The adjectives I'm specifically thinking of ideally include but may not be limited to: organic; local; grass-fed; humanely raised; sustainably raised; small family farm.
I'm from out of state and I don't know the area at all. They are living 5 miles from TCU on S. Hulen Street. I'm pretty sure they have a car.
So does anyone know of a great butcher shop near them?
Check out http://www.localharvest.org and type in Fort Worth or other surrounding cities.
You can actually type in what you want to search for. Raw milk, cheese, MEATS, soap, honey, any fruit or veggie, CSA shares, farmers markets, ect...you get the point.
I recommend buying them a CSA share. There is one in fort worth Called Cold Spring Farms. I'm a CSA share holder there and love it. You pre-pay for 8 weeks of Local organic fruits and veggies.
She has spring , summer, fall and winter shares available. The great thing about her (Beverly the farmer) she is stickily organic and grows all kinds of heirloom fruits and veggies. Every Saturday from 10:30-1 you pick up your share near down town. You will be surprised every week on what you get. I Got a lot of fresh organic turmeric during the fall one and have it stocked up in the freezer. I've never seen it fresh until her. You will see all kinda of normal and crazy fruits and veggies. Its great.
She gives you a "farmers five", which is five fruits or veggies SHE picks for you to try. Then you get to look around and pick five of your own. It's usually enough for a family of four for 5-7 days depending on the drop.
She also has local venders come to to the drop and sell local beef, eggs, honey, sweets and bread.
Maybe you can find what you need on that site.
Well you can take your pick from the following:
Farmers Market Stands
All that said here are some local purveyors of meat (you didn't specify beef, lamb, goat, chicken, cat - just kidding about the cat)
I would start with this map from Eatwild.com
Burgundy Pasture Beef - Grandview - Beef and Chicken
Sendero Brothers - Arlington - Beef
Slankers - Powderly, TX - Beef
If you need more I can provide you with numerous purveyors. I have found that visiting the actual farm and making direct contact with the ranchers makes for a better experience. You get to make a weekend of the trip, get awesome products, and sometimes get extras.
Not in Ft. Worth but, I'd try Bolsa Mercado, an organic market and restaurant. And Urban Acres. An organic market only. Both are very close to each other on W. Davis Street in Oak Cliff. They'll be more of what you're looking for.
Central Market on Hulen is an upscale grocery store and they live right by it. They carry grass-fed beef ... but it may not be quite the special place you have in mind, although I was thrilled out of my ever-loving mind when it went in and have shopped there regularly ever since.
Another option that is exactly what you have in mind but is *not* within walking distance is Local Yocal in McKinney, which is farmer/rancher owned. The beef is raised 70 miles away in Durant, OK. McKinney's square is a great place to visit and I do so regularly ... you could potentially combine GCs with one for a meal on the square. Patina Green is a great place (it includes a mini farmer's market with good frozen meats and poultry) ... Square Burger gets their beef from good local providers, and if they are beer drinkers, have an amazing selection on tap. I don't know a lot about Hamm's, but it's another good butcher that's right there within walking distance.
You can Google all this stuff to your heart's content--everyone I mentioned has a web presence. Enjoy :)