So for a while now, I've been wanting to experiment with adding some grass-fed/quality butter to my arsenal of foods. They don't seem to sell or ship Kerrygold (a paleo favorite) to Canada. Does anyone have any idea where I may be able to get my hands on some or maybe help me in the right direction. I live in Toronto, but anywhere in Ontario can be fine.
I also live in Toronto. You cannot buy grass-fed butter in stores here. Ask around at the farmer's markets at the stands selling pastured beef. Let me know if you'd like specific suggestions.
Organic Meadows is a Canadian Organic Dairy co-op. I contacted them to ask about how they feed their cows. It's as close to grass fed as Canada can get.
It's widely available in BC, even at mainstream stores like Superstore.
Here's what they had to say.
"Organic Meadow is a Co-operative with each of our small family-run farms (the herd sizes range in size from 10 to 80 cows) being independently owned and operated. What happens on each farm is slightly different, depending on the cow breed, the soil type, the amount of land they have etc.
Being certified organic, our producers must abide by the organic rules which include that the cows eat primarily grass - so it would apply to all of the co-ops farms.
Throughout the warm months they are out to pasture between April and November eating what they graze. In general the cows are fed approx. 95-100% grass because it’s readily available.
In summer and fall our farmers harvest hay to store and feed the cows during the winter months when the cows are not on pasture. During this time they are also fed a small percentage of grains such as alfalfa, peas, oats, soybeans and corn. In winter the amount of grass would be about 70-85% depending on the farm and the quantity of the hay that they were able to bring in from their fields.
All of their feed must be 100% certified organic, non GMO and must not contain any animal byproducts."
I know Dave Asprey (aka the bulletproof executive) lives in Canada and is a big Kerrygold fan. A few months ago in his podcast I remember him complaining about the fact that Canada has some kind of government monopoly over dairy products or something (I don't remember exactly) and there is some kind of silly legislation that makes it very hard for stores to import the stuff. He said he travels a lot and brings loads of it home with him.
I guess that doesn't really answer your question at all.
You can totally get quality grass fed butter in Toronto. You just have to do a little research.
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