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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!

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    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!!

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    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).
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    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?

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    No, it's called Medium Rare...just West of Kipling on Dundas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unamused Mouse View Post
    No, it's called Medium Rare...just West of Kipling on Dundas.
    Oh I know where that is...by the subway station right?

    I was getting mine from a farm then they stopped carrying grass fed butter...its freaking expensive too. It was 12.99 1/2 lb. I'm gonna go check out that place....

    I get my meat here http://www.brookersmeat.com/
    they also supply to organic grocery stores but I have the meat deliver to my place and I pay cash and I get a bit of a discount. I find that ordering from them directly is way "cheaper"
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    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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    Medium Rare?! I need to go there! ASAP!

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

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    Quote 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.
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    ...try one of the many places listed on Eat Wild - Canada

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