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Best Meat CSA or Freezer Order?

jnine | Aug 3, 2010 02:29 PM

Since Kerr farms went out of business, I'm considering getting a freezer order or meat share.

My priorities are:

1. Humane/Natural/Local, not necessarily certified organic, or entirely grass fed, but NOT factory farmed
2. Quality: has to be properly flash frozen, and packaged. I have no tolerance for any kind of freezer abuse, or rancidity. If the product is of excellent quality and flavour I will be willing to spend more.

3. Cost: I can't justify Gasparros, Healthy Butcher, Whole Foods or Cumbraes prices anymore. I used to buy larger quantities of beef and chicken when Fiesta has it on sale. Thinking that if I buy bulk directly from the farmers, the cost will be more favourable...as I'm not paying the overhead of downtown storefronts.

These are the places I've narrowed down. Can anyone comment on their attributes wrt above (Humane/Natural, Quality an Cost)

Stoddart Family Farm
http://www.stoddart.ca/

Twin Creeks
http://www.twincreeksfarm.ca/index.php

Beef Connections
http://www.beefconnections.ca/

Berreta
http://www.berettaorganics.com/

Any others you'd suggest based on experience?

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The Healthy Butcher
565 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

Cumbrae's
481 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

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