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Apr 21, 2014 03:05 AM

Temporary alternatives to Blood Farm

Optimistically, it sounds like Blood Farm will be back open for business by the end of Fall 2014. Until then, where's the closest place to Boston to buy local meat for good prices? I can't bear paying typical farmers' market prices. Blood Farm always was remarkably affordable, for meat and eggs.

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  1. What do you consider "good prices" and what do you consider "farmers' market prices"? If you can name some specific cuts and what you consider a "good price" per pound, maybe I can help.

    (and maybe not -- you would not be the first person I ever met who was indignant that local farmers wanted more per pound for meat than a large supermarket chain...but giving you the benefit of the doubt)

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    1. re: LilBrownBat

      I can't name any prices off the top of my head but I never found the per pound price at BF to be more than about 1.5x the price of the same cut in a supermarket. Eggs were particularly well priced, like $3 a dozen or less? Farmers market egg prices are considerably higher than that.

      No need to get pedantic, I'm well aware of how good meat costs more.

      1. re: Luther

        I've been buying Nellie's Cage-Free eggs at Market Basket. $3.50 a dozen, I think.

        Costco used to carry Pete & Gerry's eggs, for something like $6 per 2 dozen? It's been a while since I bought eggs there so I don't know if that's currently the supplier.

      2. re: LilBrownBat

        I think you misread the intent of the OP, which read to me as "Is there any remote possibility that there is anyplace else that comes close to Blood Farm's combination of great quality and reasonable prices?"

        Short answer is not that that I've found, which is why I can't wait until the end of this fall gets here: we're going to be first in line and we'll buy a freezer full of meat. That said, lamb at Coolidge Variety is an excellent call.

        1. re: Jenny Ondioline

          Thanks. I'll check out Coolidge Variety, I've never been in there.

          1. re: Luther

            The butcher counter is in back. Nick is great and really helpful.

            Also, from Emilio's Homemade Italian subs , next door, you can get a meatball sub with a side of fried eggplant (to layer into the sandwich)to eat on the way home.

            If you happen to be that kind of person.

      3. MF Dulock in Somerville.

        t's expensive and I don't go often enough to remember how prices compare to those at farmers markets.

        1. Lamb from Nick, at Coolidge Variety, across from the Town Diner in Watertown.

          He gets his lamb from Mennonite farmers in western Mass. I always try to give him some lead time but find his prices to be correct. Also funky cuts like neck and shoulder and liver, are not an issue.

          1. Volante Farms in Needham carries frozen local meats, and allegedly is going to have a butcher in the store offering all animal parts.