Natural Pastured Pork, Chicken and Eggs
I'm looking for some Pastured Pork, Chicken and eggs in the Montreal area. Meaning not fed grains, soya, etc.. Live freely (free range) and free to scavange for food. I've been following a Paleo diet (and reading books on the subject) and this is what is recommended. Pastured Grass-Fed beef is easily available but have been having trouble finding the pork and chicken.
It's probably somewhat difficult maybe even impossible to find pastured pork raised entirely on pasture around here (although it's very possible I'm wrong).
My go to place these days is Boucherie Lawrence, they carry pork from Rheintal which is pastured. As you see from their website they are still fed wheat, corn and soya. I'm sure even the pastured beef we get is not 100% pastured. I'm personally more concerned with additives such as antibiotics and hormones since it is so difficult to find 100% pastured. I know St Vincent also feed their cows some grains especially in winter months, I would assume all farmers do.
I believe the same holds true for chickens, I recently had a vendor tell me that real full pastured chicken for consumption is only allowed by special permit because of fear of diseases and that no one really does this in Quebec. It seems the best we can do is free range in large barns with windows and no cages. Again, if anyone can correct me please do. Great chicken at both Lawrence and St Vincent btw.
Even some of the places I know for good eggs, the chickens may roam out for awhile but they are getting grains at one point or another.
"All his animals are allowed to graze freely, and are fed only from organic produces and grains." from Ferme le Crepuscule which gets mentioned often on here.
Good luck, let us know if you find anything new.
Those individual prices per cut are much more expensive than the price of cuts at Lawrence, up to 50% higher, even double the price for the pork tenderloin.
I see there is also a 7.59/kg price for half a pig, that sounds interesting but you'd have to do the math for what you would get. Although I'm sure that would be your best deal.
You should got speak to them at Lawrence and even try their pork before you commit, it is very good but also very lean (depending on your preference that could be a good thing or a bad thing).
Let us know if you get more info, I'd be curious myself about a 1/2 animal.