My supermarket doesn't carry it and neither does Costco or BJs. What about Whole Foods? Is it cheaper to buy it online and what are some reliable cost effective sources? I live in Waltham, MA (suburb of Boston). There's a few coops here but for the moment I don't want to make the commitment nor do I want to travel far for it and I'm picky about the types of meat (no pork for example). I'm primarily interested in beef, preferably heirloom, and buffalo.
I buy at Whole Foods when it's on sale, at my local farmers' market when available but I rely on US Wellness Meats. I place an order approximately every three months, have it delivered to the door, and stock the freezer. If you have a bigger freezer, you probably could order less often. There's a $7.50 shipping fee and bulk discounts. In particular, I recommend their liver.
I buy the Whole Foods organic grass-fed when its on sale, but the Whole Foods "Natural" beef with an animal wellness rating of 4 is also pastured. Nothing but grass for most of it's life, and then in the last 90 days it's provided alfalfa and... erm something else. I don't remember what the rest of it was, but there was no wheat or soy in it. He said the feed was there, but they don't have to eat it. So that's my go to meat when I can't afford 100% grass fed because it's about the same price as the CAFO meat at my supermarket at a far superior quality/care for the animal, and no wheat/soy. Actually, this week, the chuck steaks are cheaper than my supermarket.
Trader Joe's has grass fed ground beef at, IIRC, $5.99/lb.
Other than that, I buy meat from the farmers markets.
A simple Google search shows that you have quite a few options in your area: http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=waltham+mass+csa+coop
Happy Hunting!! :D
Find a farmer you can deal with directly. Farmers are more and more attentive to this desire, and you'll find they're more and more internet savvy with direct marketing. Find some folks to go in on a whole cow or find a farmer willing to sell in quarter/half cow increments. That's the best way to go, and the most cost effective.
In my opinion, ordering online from USWM is way too expensive for the premium product. The extra cost doesn't justify the benefits of grass-fed organic.
I also live in Boston.
My wife and I buy almost all of our meat from US Wellness (http://www.grasslandbeef.com/).
$7.50 FLAT shipping rate. My wife orders a large shipment every 2-3 weeks and we put it in our meat locker.
Meat quality is EXCELLENT and very inexpensive (WAY cheaper than buying from the farmer's markets and better quality in my opinion).
I buy some at Whole Foods, some at another health food store, but mainly from my local farmers market. The farmer I buy from also sells online at:
Looks like it's for California only, though.
Here is the eatwild page for Mass: http://www.eatwild.com/products/massachusetts.html
Get in your car and drive to Berkshire County. You will find something.
I get my 100% grass fed and pastured beef, lamb and buffalo from my site that i created. I sell at or below my supplier's prices and shipping is direct to your door and a pass through. These come direct from Montana, Colorado and South Dakota - check it out at www.modernpaleomeats.com
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