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Where to Buy free range, organic, beef?

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Healthybutterfly Mar 10, 2014 12:13 PM

Hi, I am looking for a store or a farm in North CA to buy free range, human, organic meat!! I have been searching and searching, but haven't found what I am looking for.
I found Mary's chicken, which are wonderful & sold at whole foods!! But for beef/lamb/pork, nothing!
Any recommendation is greatly appreciated.

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  1. c oliver RE: Healthybutterfly Mar 10, 2014 12:25 PM

    I'm sure there are many places but here's the ranch that Bill Niman started after selling Niman Ranch and becoming disassociated with them.

    http://eatlikeitmatters.com/our-produ...

    BTW, I flagged this as it likely belongs on CA or SFBA board

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      Alan408 RE: Healthybutterfly Mar 10, 2014 12:28 PM

      Try eatwild. com

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        calumin RE: Healthybutterfly Mar 10, 2014 01:43 PM

        I usually buy my red meat at the weekly farmers markets. There are a couple providers who show up there regularly. There's on in Serramonte on Sunday mornings, at the Ferry Building, and at other places in the city.

        1. Robert Lauriston RE: Healthybutterfly Mar 10, 2014 01:54 PM

          Where in the Bay Area? Or are you in the Bay Area?

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            Healthybutterfly RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 10, 2014 02:45 PM

            In the Bay area / silicon valley. San Jose to be exact!

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              Robert Lauriston RE: Healthybutterfly Mar 10, 2014 03:22 PM

              If you're looking for Certified Humane, Prather Ranch in SF may be the closest.

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                c oliver RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 10, 2014 03:32 PM

                http://www.pratherranch.com/page/1010...

                They ARE finished on grain but not corn.

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            Healthybutterfly RE: Healthybutterfly Mar 10, 2014 02:47 PM

            sorry for the typo; the word is Humane =) (not human)

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              wolfe RE: Healthybutterfly Mar 10, 2014 03:08 PM

              To err is humane
              to forgive divine
              a reluctant cannibal*
              *see Flanders and Swann

            2. c oliver RE: Healthybutterfly Mar 10, 2014 03:27 PM

              http://www.sfgate.com/food/article/Ca...

              This article is very informative and you can also glean some sources from it.

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                Rapini RE: Healthybutterfly Mar 10, 2014 04:40 PM

                I'll second the Prather Ranch recommendation, and add True Grass Farms [I find them at the Temescal and Montclair Farmers' Markets], and Marin Sun Farms.

                1. Melanie Wong RE: Healthybutterfly Mar 10, 2014 07:30 PM

                  Be aware that there are few certified organic slaughterhouses in California. An animal that has been raised on a certified organic ranch cannot be sold as organic if it has not been processed in certified organic facilities. So that's going to be a difficult standard to meet for the time being.

                  Belcampo has its own certified organic slaughterhouse. It will be opening a butcher shop in Palo Alto at Town & Country Village soon. That would be the closest of its outlets to you.
                  http://www.belcampomeatco.com/shop/

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                    Robert Lauriston RE: Melanie Wong Mar 10, 2014 07:38 PM

                    Prather Ranch has its own slaughterhouse.

                    There's lots of certified organic beef from elsewhere.

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                      Melanie Wong RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 10, 2014 07:50 PM

                      Both true.

                      I was responding to the request for a farm in Northern CA.

                      Grocery Outlet has certified organic ground beef from Oregon at a reasonable price.

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                        Robert Lauriston RE: Melanie Wong Mar 10, 2014 08:10 PM

                        Oh, farm, yeah. Are any farms that sell direct certified organic?

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                          c oliver RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 10, 2014 08:17 PM

                          OP didn't specify that s/he wanted to buy direct.

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                            Robert Lauriston RE: c oliver Mar 11, 2014 08:41 AM

                            I don't know what "farm to buy meat" would mean except buying direct.

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                              c oliver RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 11, 2014 09:05 AM

                              "I am looking for a store or a farm in North CA"

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                            Melanie Wong RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 10, 2014 08:23 PM

                            Belcampo and Prather for butchered meat.

                            Salmon Creek markets its ducks as certified organic. It's other animals are also raised on organic pasture but are not labeled certified organic.
                            http://www.salmoncreekranch.com/Price...

                            Liberty Duck will be launching a certified organic line this year.

                            One can buy a live animal from a certified organic farm on the hoof for home slaughter.

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                              Melanie Wong RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 11, 2014 08:57 AM

                              Preston Farm and Winery and Quivira Winery are both certified organic and raise livestock for meat.

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                          c oliver RE: Melanie Wong Mar 10, 2014 08:10 PM

                          Melanie, we're going through that in Reno. Fighting to keep the only certified slaughterhouse open.

                        3. Robert Lauriston RE: Healthybutterfly Mar 11, 2014 09:13 AM

                          Prather Ranch is at the Sunday farmers market in Campbell:

                          http://www.urbanvillageonline.com/mar...

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                            Fine RE: Healthybutterfly Mar 11, 2014 05:10 PM

                            I rarely cook meat at home, but I do see organic beef and lamb often at Franklin Whole Foods. Their signage is often difficult to make out or make sense of.

                            I believe the butcher at Ferry Plaza also carries organic meats.

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