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We're seriously considering moving to Michigan (between Lansing and Grand Rapids) for 6 months. Does anyone have sources for pastured beef, eggs, or butter in this area (or within a few hours), or know of any buying co-ops in the area?
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Have you tried posting in that Tribal area?

Also try buying club distributors' websites like
http://www.unitedbuyingclubs.com/RES.../FABC_Home.htm

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This co-op is located in Michigan, so I'd start with them. http://www.familyfarmscoop.com/index.html

I live in the Western Suburbs of Chicago and am part of their co-op for several months and have been nothing but pleased with them.

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Try the EatWell Guide. Just type in the zip code you're thinking of moving to, and it will show you farms, restaurants and farmer's markets in that area.

www.eatwellguide.com

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Try this site http://home.comcast.net/~wapflansing/

You can also try the other WAP chapter leaders listed on the WAP website.
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Thanks, I'll check out all those links!
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I just got a 1/4 grassfed bison in Michigan, down by the Indiana border (well worth the drive IMHO!) If you're interested, PM me and I will let you know all the details.

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There are a couple of different sources in the Grand Rapids area. http://www.grassfieldscheese.com/ is where I got my last beef, as well as eggs for a long time. They sell beef, pork, lamb, and chicken. They sell beef by the cut or by 1/4, 1/2 etc. They also sell raw milk cheese. There are a lot of buying co-ops in the area, but none are store fronts. If you let me know where you are going to be living, I can try to find a co-op close to you.

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There are a couple of different sources in the Grand Rapids area. http://www.grassfieldscheese.com/ is where I got my last beef, as well as eggs for a long time. They sell beef, pork, lamb, and chicken. They sell beef by the cut or by 1/4, 1/2 etc. They also sell raw milk cheese. There are a lot of buying co-ops in the area, but none are store fronts. If you let me know where you are going to be living, I can try to find a co-op close to you.
Wow, they have really good prices! I will definitely look into that. Do you happen to know how long they hang/age their beef?

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There are a couple of different sources in the Grand Rapids area. http://www.grassfieldscheese.com/ is where I got my last beef, as well as eggs for a long time. They sell beef, pork, lamb, and chicken. They sell beef by the cut or by 1/4, 1/2 etc. They also sell raw milk cheese. There are a lot of buying co-ops in the area, but none are store fronts. If you let me know where you are going to be living, I can try to find a co-op close to you.
Family Farms Coops sells their cheese. OMG soooo yummy. Definitely check them out if you can buy directly b/c I'm sure it's less expensive that way.
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Family Farms Coops sells their cheese. OMG soooo yummy. Definitely check them out if you can buy directly b/c I'm sure it's less expensive that way.
I guess I'll have to call them...I looked at the website but it doesn't really say anything.
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I guess I'll have to call them...I looked at the website but it doesn't really say anything.
They have been hassled by the MDA so I think they keep a lot off the site. Plus, they are Amish farmers, so therefore not big into technology. They will respond to emails with all the information you'll need. I'm sure they'll respond to phone calls, too. I just usually email them.

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When I lived in Michigan I was part of a great cow-share in that area if you are interested. They were really great when i had to leave them 'cause I moved. They had raw milk, eggs, butter, cream, cheese. PM me if you are interested and i can hunt down the number for you.
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