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  • #31
    Fine Texan, give me suggestion where I can buy locally grown, quality (the way we define it) meat, chicken and poultry. Can't store more then a week or so worth. Live out side Cincinnati.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by moonablaze View Post
      I share a small refrigerator and freezer with 4 other people, all eating SAD, one vegetarian. I don't have the space or $ for my own freezer. buying the bulk required for me to be able to afford mail-order is not gonna work. For me, to be able to pick up 100% grass fed organic meat at trader joes means I get to eat grass fed meat.
      I am in the same situation and so I totally sympathize and understand perfectly. We also have power outages fairly frequently, and our small apartment doesn't have space for a large freezer AND a generator for when the power goes out, in order to keep bulk supplies of local meat. And the only local grass-fed/pastured meat and eggs I know of are only available in the warmer months. So I have been thinking about it a lot, but cannot come up with a feasible solution allowing us to eat local grass-fed year-round. I've come across this thread only just now, and so will be checking my Trader Joe's and Costco for grass-fed beef, and if they don't carry it, I will put in requests. I'm in the DC Metro area, and lots of people around here live in tiny apartments with tiny freezers.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by Texan View Post
        Don't think you're the Lone Ranger there moonablaze. As long as you keep saying, "I am doing the best I can with what is here", you will never get any better than what you have! What you should be saying is, "How can I make this work?" and figure it out. You will never get any more out of life than what you have if you continue doing what you are doing now. I am guessing you are young enough to be my child so I tell you nothing more than I tell my children. Quit thinking small and start thinking large. If you want suggestions, just ask!
        Dude.

        I'm lucky if I can afford to eat at all.
        I'm happy for your good fortune, but please don't assume that everyone on this board is so blessed.

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        • #34
          Exactly Kuno1chi. Texan, I may be young enough to be your kid but I am living on federal student loans, trying to get through grad school independently. During the summer I am required by my program to work full time for no pay. Every dollar I spend today will have to be paid back at 8.25% interest over 10 years. When I am making an income, I look forward to being able to do things like take care of my local economy and environment but for now my priority is the health of my body and my future finances.

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          • #35
            Where is this meat from?!

            I'm in Virginia and was very disappointed my local TJs discontinued their line of grass fed flank steaks. Last weekend I was happy to see them offering grass fed ground beef. What disturbs me though, is the "product of Australia and Uruguay" Which is it? Are they using muscle meat from one continent and fat from another? Sounds suspicious to me. Costco also has grassfed ground beef for $4/lb, but they also label "product of country x,y, and z".

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            • #36
              I get grass fed 85/15 at Whole Foods for $5.99 lb.

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              • #37
                Anyone?!

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                • #38
                  no Trader Joes in florida
                  Starting Weight : 338lbs 6/11/2010
                  Current Weight: 266lbs
                  High-school Weight: 235lbs
                  Goal: ????

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                  • #39
                    I get my grass fed beef from my freezer. It's full of grass fed cow that cost me $2.88 lb.
                    Find me at aToadontheRoad.com. Cheers!

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by TBONE View Post
                      I'm in Virginia and was very disappointed my local TJs discontinued their line of grass fed flank steaks. Last weekend I was happy to see them offering grass fed ground beef. What disturbs me though, is the "product of Australia and Uruguay" Which is it? Are they using muscle meat from one continent and fat from another? Sounds suspicious to me. Costco also has grassfed ground beef for $4/lb, but they also label "product of country x,y, and z".
                      @ TBONE - food labeling laws are funny (wierd, not haha). The way I understand it, if they are getting meat from multiple sources and so long as they declare what those sources are they "comply". I guess you have to be comfortable with any and all countries listed.
                      "I am a member of PETA...People Eat Tasty Animals"

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                      • #41
                        if they pack meat from country x on monday and from country y on tuesday they may not mix it but just use the same label for simplicity.

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                        • #42
                          At our TJ's, it's $5.99 a pound (tucson). In Chicago, it's also $5.99 a pound. The package says "100% grass fed"

                          The kind at Costco looks like it has the same packaging, but there are no grass-fed claims on it (only organic claims).

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by Texan View Post
                            This is the only comment that keeps me from completely pulling my hair out (if I had any). I don't understand y'all. Why do you care what TJ carries? Buy meat from someone local. If you don't know of a local producer then order it from one of the many that ship. You may pay a little more than $5 but you will get ground, roast and steak for the price. If you want a recommendation just ask. There are so many ranchers and farmers struggling to make ends meet and TJ buys from Australia? That is enough reason not to shop there ever. Support your local economy. We have been in recession because we want everything cheaper, so we buy from China or Guatemala instead of buying US. We all have the power to change this countries direction by buying local! Quit worrying about a company that does not support our local economy and find a local rancher or farmer at localharvest.org or eatwild.com.

                            Proudly eating grassfed beef for the last 13 years always from local ranchers!
                            Texan

                            Texan, I am hearing you loud and clear. I clearly see how buying foreign is killing our jobs and slowly eating away at this country. I recently made the switch to only grass-fed beef, and now I am upping the ante and only buying local, from small farming families.

                            Yes, it's a bit more expensive, but I'm not eating as much food as I used to, I'm not hitting Starbucks or 7-11 for Slurpees and candy every day anymore, and I'm doing a much better job of managing my leftovers and produce so it doesn't spoil on me (still not perfect, but improved).
                            "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates

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                            • #44
                              For anyone in northern OR or WA state, Thundering Hooves sells grassfed ground beef for $4.99 a pound. You order direct and then choose from a long list of delivery sites. On delivery day, a truck pulls up and you get your loot. Felt gloriously subverted, particularly because I picked up some raw milk too!

                              ThunderingHooves.net
                              Liz.

                              Zone diet on and off for several years....worked, but too much focus on exact meal composition
                              Primal since July 2010...skinniest I've ever been and the least stressed about food

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                              • #45
                                Outside of the meat not being local, another big knock on TJ's ground beef is the content. Actually, the problem with most purchased ground beef is that it's made of scarps from dozens, if not hundreds of animals. The local farmer I buy from has "whole cow" ground beef, which is just that, the whole cow...and it's $3.49 to boot.
                                You don't pay your bills with counterfeit money, so why feed your body with counterfeit food?

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