I'm considering shifting to free-range poultry and grass-fed beef from your standard chicken and beef. My main concern is doing this without spending a fortune. Key to keeping the expense reasonable is, of course, eating less meat. That's do-able. We already eat vegetarian one or two days a week.
Where will I get the most bang for my buck in MSP on free-range/grass-fed products? The options I'm thinking of:
Van Hansen's Meats
Local co-op (I'm closest to Valley Natural Foods)
St. Paul Farmer's Market
I know that you can buy a quarter of a cow or something similar, but that is not an option for us, since we don't have an extra freezer.
I'd prefer to buy local chicken and beef, since long distance traveling negates a lot of the benefits of organic/free-range products, IMO. I'd presume this would make Cub/Rainbow/SuperTarget a less desirable option.
Which of these options would be the best to go with for decently priced chicken and beef? Other suggestions would be appreciated as well.