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  • Sources for Grassfed Beef in Ontario?

    So in my searches I came across one promising place. We don't live overly close to Ottawa but my little brother goes to school there, so we could plan a trip up there to pick up meat and him I suppose at some point. Looks like they have a bit of a 'wait list'- has anyone tried this farm?

    Totally Natural Grass-Fed Beef!

    Any other options? I don't need fancy- I am cool with frozen ground beef. The options locally (in Southwestern Ontario) seem to me NIL.

    I did a forum search but couldn't find much!

  • #2
    This may help.

    Eat Wild - Canada

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    • #3
      Fuck. The forums just ate my entire post. Well, here's a short version:

      I'm in Ottawa and I recently joined some guys who cow-pooled to get 1/2 cow from Dunbrae Farms. Good prices and damn good meat. There's also Grazing Days near Ottawa, I think, but their prices seemed higher to me.

      My advice would be to first head to a butcher shop and ask them. They should know local farmers who raise stock on grass, etc. If not, ask them if they know someone who would know. Just follow the leads. You could also check a farmer's market in your area and ask around. You can usually find people who will know about farmers who can provide what you're looking for, if no one there can do so directly.
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      • #4
        Where exactly are you? I've had a few places bookmarked (I think I got them from Eat Wild already posted by NicoleP) but haven't dealt with any first hand - found a butcher in Toronto that's had a fairly reliable supply. You could check them out in case they're closer to you than the one in Ottawa:

        Lake Land Meats | Venison, Elk, Wild Boar, Bison, Kangaroo, Ostrich, Pheasant, Duck, Quail, Rabbit
        Svetec Farms
        Products JC Nyman Farms (not sure if this one is 100% grass fed)
        Products - McSmith's Organic Farm (not sure if this one is 100% grass fed)
        Fairchild Farm - Home Page
        http://www.twincreeksfarm.ca/home-mainmenu-1

        Jana
        Last edited by janaturner; 03-01-2011, 07:11 PM.

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        • #5
          Maybe I'm a little dumb but how to cows graze in frigid snow and ice covered land in Ottawa's lovely winters? Okay I know not everyday is frigid and icy but the winter is pretty cold there. I can't imagine the cows being out in it.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by NicoleP View Post
            This may help.

            Eat Wild - Canada
            Perfect! Killed a couple of hours looking up various options close to me. Will keep that link handy!

            Originally posted by Patrick View Post
            Fuck. The forums just ate my entire post. Well, here's a short version:

            I'm in Ottawa and I recently joined some guys who cow-pooled to get 1/2 cow from Dunbrae Farms. Good prices and damn good meat. There's also Grazing Days near Ottawa, I think, but their prices seemed higher to me.

            My advice would be to first head to a butcher shop and ask them. They should know local farmers who raise stock on grass, etc. If not, ask them if they know someone who would know. Just follow the leads. You could also check a farmer's market in your area and ask around. You can usually find people who will know about farmers who can provide what you're looking for, if no one there can do so directly.
            I hate when my posts disappear. Thanks, I should go to the market this weekend and see. I just find it can be a bit of running around.. and people look at me like I have two heads when I ask about grass fed. Or they will say things like "our meats are grass fed" when they really mean, they eat grass and grains.

            Originally posted by janaturner View Post
            Where exactly are you? I've had a few places bookmarked (I think I got them from Eat Wild already posted by NicoleP) but haven't dealt with any first hand - found a butcher in Toronto that's had a fairly reliable supply. You could check them out in case they're closer to you than the one in Ottawa:

            Lake Land Meats | Venison, Elk, Wild Boar, Bison, Kangaroo, Ostrich, Pheasant, Duck, Quail, Rabbit
            Svetec Farms
            Products JC Nyman Farms (not sure if this one is 100% grass fed)
            Products - McSmith's Organic Farm (not sure if this one is 100% grass fed)
            Fairchild Farm - Home Page
            Welcome to Twin Creeks Organic Farm

            Jana
            I'm in London Ontario- but I have a sales job and all of SWO is my territory, and my office is in Toronto so I don't mind driving

            Originally posted by O_O View Post
            Maybe I'm a little dumb but how to cows graze in frigid snow and ice covered land in Ottawa's lovely winters? Okay I know not everyday is frigid and icy but the winter is pretty cold there. I can't imagine the cows being out in it.
            They harvest hay from their own land and feed it during the winter.

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            • #7
              So they stay in the barn?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by O_O View Post
                So they stay in the barn?
                Not always, but yeah.

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