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CSA for organic, pasture-raised meats, especially offal?

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CSA for organic, pasture-raised meats, especially offal?

nattiecakes | Mar 27, 2012 08:34 PM

I found an older topic sort of related to this, but not exactly what I'm looking for. I currently get fruits and vegetables via Abundant Harvest Organics, and I like it a lot. I especially like that it forces me to be creative and make new things. I want to do the same thing with meat for the same reason, and because it'll cut down on trips to the grocery store. AHO lets you add on chicken but that's about it, and there aren't many options.

I'm lined up to buy a quarter cow from a small farm soon, but I am still interested in a meat CSA. Beef, poultry, and pork is all good, and so is anything that sometimes includes less common meats (goat, lamb, game, etc). I really want offal (liver and hearts mostly), if possible, and tongue and marrow bones and the like. I'm not too particular about the schedule, and I'm wiling to drive a while to pick things up as long as it's only monthly or less frequently (I live in San Gabriel).

So far all I've found on localharvest.org is Rainbow Ranch, which looks fantastic in theory but their webpage and LH.org listing is confusing to me (and they seem to contradict each other?). I'm going to ask them for information anyway, but I want to know if there are other options before I make a decision. Plus, it seems like Rainbow Ranch sells out fast, and their blog says April is already sold out. I haven't been able to find any listing that's clear about offal.

I'm willing to consider farms that haven't gotten their organic certification yet so long as they operate organically, but it's pretty important they be pasture-raised and grain-free. I really don't like having to pick out exactly what cuts/pieces I will be getting and prefer to buy many in bulk on a recurring schedule, although I'm willing to add offal on separately. Anything much more expensive than $10/pound is a bit much for me (my beef works out to about $7/pound).

Is there anything else out there? Thanks!

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