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Jul 26, 2013 12:45 AM

Grass fed and finished meat, organs, pastured eggs etc?

Hi all...

Was hoping someone could help with where locally one could find grass fed-finished red meats, organs, and pastured eggs... I have been a raw vegan for 9 years... ready to finally move on. I know of whole foods or erewhon, farmers markets, but I don't know of specific farms etc... But I wanted to ask about any grass fed local butchers? Specific farmers from markets that I may research? Brands? I have never paid attention to meat sellers etc. So I'm just poking around for tips any links. Also does anyone know of any restaurants that use grass fed meats, chicken?

I live near Downtown, and if anyone knows of places near metro stations ( Im a subway'r) that would be great as well. Places like Santa Monica is an hour on bus or more, no thanks. I know the metro train goes to Pasadena, Burbank, Hollywood etc which is fine.

Also any tips on buying meat in bulk so I wont have to be luggin meat across the Los Angeles and adjacent cities all the time. Deals, steals and thrills... Anything Is appreciated.

Thanks much

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    1. At the Atwater Farmer's Market on Sundays, there is a new-ish stall that sells a rather large and affordable array of grass fed beef. They have more cuts than any other place I've been too and IIRC, they can get organ meets as well.

      1. Dey Dey's has the whole line-up of goods that you seek. They're at various FMs through the week. Check their website for info about securing certain products that are in high demand.

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        1. re: bulavinaka

          +1 - Dey Dey's is at the Pasadena Farmer's Market every Saturday - arrive early as they are known to sell out of certain cuts

          1. re: The Oracle

            Also note, for some things (e.g., eggs, hanger steaks) you usually have to order in advance. It's not difficult to do; you just need to be aware and plan accordingly. E.g., for an order to be picked up in Pasadena (Saturday), you'd need to place the order by 10:00 a.m. on Thursday.


          2. re: bulavinaka

            Dey Dey's also has awesome raw butter.

            1. re: bulavinaka

              Saturday Pasadena is not very close to the Gold Line.

              Either Hollywood FM on Sunday AM off the Red Line (Hollywood & Vine), South Pasadena Thursday 4-8pm (FM is at the stop). There is a new FM starting Sunday Aug 4 in Old Town Pasadena (Memorial Park Gold Line), but not sure who the vendors will be.

              At South Pas and Hollywood some combo of Dey Dey, J&J Beef, and Healthy Family Farms for great pastured eggs are available. Jaime Farms has good eggs too.

              Hope that helps.

              1. re: jadekarrde

                Remember the one criteria Lindy and Grundy doesn't meet is the transit friendly. It can take up to an hour to get there from DTLA. If the OP has access to Zipcar etc that could make it more accessible.

                1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                  Yep. But "raw vegan" suggests that sourcing trumps travel time once a month.

                  1. re: JudiAU

                    Personally I would rather work with a butcher who was close to transit, say McCalls or Urban Radish, to get what I need rather than schlep on a bus with a cooler for 2 hours. But that's just me.

              2. I was shopping today at Sprouts in both Woodland Hills and West Hills for grass fed and finished bison for a friend, and they were out of both at the moment. If enough people ask for it, they will continue carrying it, but apparently the demand is not high. But a staffer said he would check to determine its availability.
                The stuff Riff/Ralphs carries is nonsense bison, as in corn fed for the last 90 days. Great something by brand name.