Picked up my pastured chicken this morning from a local farm near Columbus, Ohio. Big sale. 75% off parts for loyal customers! (They needed to clear out their freezer it seems.)
Their normal prices don't seem terrible to me, but I haven't done a lot of comparison shopping. Here's their price list for pastured chicken:
$1.00/lb for liver
$1.50/lb for hearts and gizzards
$2.00/lb for wings
$2.50/lb for drumsticks
$5.50/lb for thighs (w/bone)
$8.50/lb for boneless breast
Of course 75% off doesn't happen often. I filled my freezer for $28.91! That's about 30 pounds of chicken parts, including copious amounts of liver and giblets. Found the farm through eatwild. See below. What do you pay for local pastured chicken? Grassfed beef?
I get the bundle pack of beef for $195 from Green Vista Farm in Wooster Ohio ( http://www.greenvistafarm.com/ ). That's 30 pounds @ $6.50/lb and includes a variety of steaks, roasts, and ground beef.
Dang, I was paying $5.99/lb for cheap cuts at Santa Monica farmers market and now pay $6.99/lb for similar quality in the East Bay, Northern Cal. I've found grass fed beef at Whole Foods for as low as $6.99 but it is usually a few dollars more.
I was buying grassfed ground beef (ground top round, I believe) for $3.99/lb, marrow bones at $1/lb, and you could buy whole chickens or turkeys at $2.99/lb at Yoder's Farmer's Market in Leola, PA. But, last Saturday was their last day (lease was too expensive, not enough customers). I haven't been to their farm yet, and their new market hasn't opened, so I don't know their prices now. Leroy Miller has (Bird-in-Hand) has whole free roaming (very- gotta watch that you don't run them over picking up your food!) chickens for, I think, $3.75/lb, and Miller's Natural Food Store (Bird-in-Hand) has them for $3.50/lb.
Meadow Run Farm in Lititz, Pa, has whole chickens for $2.50/lb, hearts and livers for $1/lb. Their ground beef is $4.40/lb, and the lard is $2/quart. I'm hoping that their chicken is good, because that's the best price that I've seen on pastured chicken around here.
Wow, some good prices listed on here. There's a local farm that sells ground beef at $7.00/Lbs and the local Trader Joe's has some 100% grass-fed ground beef from Australia for $5.99/Lbs. Our Costco has USDA organic ground beef, but the Costco butcher looked at me like I was speaking Swahili when I asked for grass-fed beef. This is in Santa Barbara County, CA.
Last time I checked our Whole Foods, grass finished beef was $9.50/Lbs.
Whole Foods sells grassfed beef for 4.99 p/lb (Omaha, NE btw) and sells "pastured lamb" stew meat for 9.99 p/lb.
Farmers market pastured chicken (a whole frozen chicken) is going for about 5.50 per pound in the Seattle area farmers markets.
I got 50 pounds of pastured goat meat for about 4.00 per pound from a local farmer, and he was patient enough to teach me the slaughtering, skinning, and cutting process for said goat.
Also got about 80 pounds of pastured pork for 4.30 p/lb.
I know this was just about chicken and beef :-)
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