Home, home on the Range…

I was going to put up a post on recipes and cookbooks, but in the course of gathering that information I came across this amazing company, US Wellness Meats. Holy cow. If you are looking for a source of grassfed meat, free-range poultry, compassionate certified pork, sustainably wildcaught fish – they’ve got it. And pastureland butter and raw Amish cheese, as well as a whole host of other fabulous products. Shipping charges are included in the cost of your purchase and there’s a handling charge of $7.50 no matter how much you order ($75 and 7lb minimum).

Their blog has some fascinating posts (have you ever heard of soap nuts from the Soapberry tree? I kid you not, there’s a product called “Maggies Soap Nuts” and I’m going to try them!).

Discovering US Wellness Meats led me to look for similar sources closer to home (they’re based in Missouri). Fortunately, for us here in the Bay Area, there are many options for buying pasture-raised meats and similar foods. Wise Food Ways has a great list of sources in and around the Bay Area. Eat Wild has a comprehensive listing and map of farms in California from which you can purchase everything from a “whole, half or quarter beef” to a case (15 dozen) of free-range eggs, plus buffalo, bison, goat, lamb, and Muscovy ducks. And of course, we are lucky to be able to buy some of these products in smaller quantities at the Whole Foods grocery stores.

If you are wondering why you might want to acquire pasture-raised animals, Sustainable Table has a great overview of the topic, plus additional links to more information.

It might be interesting to go on a field trip or two to see some of these amazing farms. And who knows, you might come back the proud owner of half a “beef”.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Miles on May 6, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    The Bay Area Meat CSA (http://bamcsa.ning.com/) might be a better place to start than digging through the mega Eat Wild list, as it is ‘designed’ to get groups of people together to buy whole, half or quarter animals.


  2. Posted by Miles on May 11, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    I have not yet. Still need to convince the wife that we need a separate freezer just for a mega-load of meet.


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