I am blessed to live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I can get 52 varieties of organic lettuce, raw milk, and beautiful grassfed beef wherever, whenever, or so it seems.
The downside? All the things that books, blogs and people tell me I should be getting "dirt cheap or even free" are anything but.
For example: I just came home from the butcher (with whom I'm a regular shopper and rather friendly. Not sure I've yet "made friends" with him, as the books, blogs and people advise if I want the good deals, but still). I spent $1.29/lb on chicken feet for broth. A great deal for sure. But I also spent $10.93 on a beef heart. All my online and literary sources tell me beef hearts should be throwaway parts to be had for a song. Yikes.
I get my grass-fed beef from a meat csa at a consistent $7.99 a pound. Meats that are unusual or generally regarded as less expensive, such as goat, are equally pricey.
My question: What, other than going broke trying to feed two adults and a toddler, am I doing wrong? Are there secret offal sources, secret cheap, good meat sources that everyone knows about except me?
Anyone else in a big metro area struggling with the same thing?