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  • So, why the heck can't we Canadians get grass-fed butter?!

    It is frustrating as all hell looking for good quality, Primal friendly food stuffs here in Canada. It's hard finding BPA-free ANYTHING...grass-fed butter? Forget it. I'll have to make a trip to Buffalo and buy a shit-ton and not declare ANYTHING.

    Maybe a bunch of us Canucks should get together for a Grass-Fed Road Trip...LOL!

    But honestly, why can't we get grass-fed butter here? It's ridiculous!

    </End Rant>
    A Post-Primal PrimalPat

    Do not allow yourself to become wrapped up in a food 'lifestyle'. That is ego, and you are not that.

  • #2
    There's at least one place that I know of, which is in the Etobicoke area (on Dundas St.)...I drive by it every day on the way to/from work. They have 100% grass-fed beef and free-run chicken, among other yummy things.

    I'm dying to try KerryGold butter, though...and am thinking of a drive to Buffalo. lol

    Also been thinking of ordering a portion of a grass-fed cow but that meat wouldn't be delivered until July or so. Ahem...CHA-CHING!!
    Ramblings of an Unamused Mouse (Lots of Food Porn, Too!)

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    • #3
      In part because to advertise it as grassfed, the cows have to be eating grass year-round, and in most of Canada, that's just not possible because of our winters. They have to have supplemental feed in the winter. I have a friend who raises beef cattle and gets questions about the same thing, and that's been her explanation (her farm is in northern Alberta).
      “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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      • #4
        Mouse, what store is this? Blossom Organic? I go to the one in Port Credit all the time!!!

        Owly, what do they get supplemented with in the winter?
        A Post-Primal PrimalPat

        Do not allow yourself to become wrapped up in a food 'lifestyle'. That is ego, and you are not that.

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        • #5
          No, it's called Medium Rare...just West of Kipling on Dundas.
          Ramblings of an Unamused Mouse (Lots of Food Porn, Too!)

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          • #6
            Depends on the farmer. Some will feed soy and wheat primarily, while others will use more alfalfa and other hay, they might get barley, oats, and so on. To be certified organic, farmers have to use organic feed, but even then, it could be organic soy, so if you can, it's good to ask the farmer. Unfortunately, that's harder to do with store-bought butter.
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            • #7
              Medium Rare?! I need to go there! ASAP!

              I'm not sure how I feel about cows eating grains during the winter :-\
              A Post-Primal PrimalPat

              Do not allow yourself to become wrapped up in a food 'lifestyle'. That is ego, and you are not that.

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              • #8
                Phone them and talk to them about it...they have some 100% grass-fed strip loins and bavette (that's what I got).
                Ramblings of an Unamused Mouse (Lots of Food Porn, Too!)

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                • #9
                  Heh heh, I'll trade you some cheap butter for some cheap prescription drugs (for my CW boyfriend.)
                  Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                  • #10
                    HA!!!

                    The sad thing is, is that I *am* on prescription painkillers. I was in a car accident last week and my back is a mess

                    Mouse, I'm going to have to check that place out when I'm not super stoned or in pain.
                    A Post-Primal PrimalPat

                    Do not allow yourself to become wrapped up in a food 'lifestyle'. That is ego, and you are not that.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by patski View Post
                      Medium Rare?! I need to go there! ASAP!

                      I'm not sure how I feel about cows eating grains during the winter :-\
                      In a good farm, they will be fed a combination of hay (which is dry grass, really) and likely some grains, but not like the quantity that a purely grain-fed animal from a conventional farm/feedlot setup will eat. In the case of many cattle over winter, the grain is part of the diet, not the whole thing, and they also live on grass during most of the year except when the snow cover is too heavy for them to graze sufficiently. Cattle can digest some grain but not to the level that feedlot cattle are fed--grain-finished animals are given anti-bloat supplements because they're fed so much grain that they can't even digest it with a system that's meant to be able to handle some grains in the mix.
                      “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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                      • #12
                        ...try one of the many places listed on Eat Wild - Canada

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                        • #13
                          Heh heh, I'll trade you some cheap butter for some cheap prescription drugs (for my CW boyfriend.)
                          They're not cheap up here if you live here.

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                          • #14
                            Same as Australia. I asked a few companies and they gave me a pretty vague answer about how they're cows are fed grass most of the year but not all.

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                            • #15
                              Organic Meadow butter is about as close to grass fed as you can find (still pasteurized) around here anyway.
                              Kerrygold cheese is available all over, some specialty stores may carry the butter.

                              It took me a long time but i have access to grass fed milk, cream and butter now

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