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Basically there is no slaughterhouse in San Diego County and so they have to drive all the cattle up north to butcher them. Michael Pollan mentions this barrier for small operations in his book The Omnivore's Dilemma.
Whole Foods and Jimbo's also carry pastured meats.
Trader Joe's has organic, grass-fed ground beef for $6 a pound. From Australia, but the price is the lowest I have found in the area.
The print edition of Edible SD also has advertisements from small farmers growing animals by hand for meat. Maybe that would be a resource for you. Another option would be to buy a cow or a portion of a cow.
Let me know what you discover.
We are looking for a cow as well. My research has led me to Organic Pastures. I asked Mark McAfee himself about drugs (hormones, vaccines, antibiotics, etc) and his animals are clear of them. I am not sure how much shipping would be (I haven't placed an order yet), but I am hoping to actually make the drive up there to pick some up (I would love to see his farm).
Here's a link to his pricing: http://www.organicpastures.com/shop.html#beef
Grass, Organic Vegetable and Organic Grain fed (May thru December). You can contact them at [email protected]
Since our whole family is eating gluten free now, we have started eating a lot more meat. But we don't trust the store bought beef here in San Diego.
And it has to be 100% grass- fed organic, which is very pricey. But we mostly have been eating roasts and ground beef, which is affordable. And my two young boys love it. I happened to stop by the San Marcos Farmer's Market on a whim on Sunday. And there's a new grass-fed beef ranch there called Bella Coola Beef. Their ground beef was amazing, since it is dry-aged and lean. Next time we will try some steaks. The site is: http://bellacoolabeef.com/ I think they may have a CSA but I'm not sure.
Organic Pastures is primarily a (huge) raw dairy so they aren't truly a beef producer. I am not wild about their meat. We've had really good luck with ordering from New York State based 8 o'clock ranch http://www.8oclockranch.com/ Even with shipping it is less expensive than local prices and the quality has been particularly good. You can do an animal share or by the cut. I particularly like their lamb. We buy most beef through Whole Foods, I like the stuff they carry from Hearst Ranch? I think, step four. But it is seasonal and all of the stores don't carry it.
We also get a lot of meat through Lindy and Grundy (Los Angeles).
Hi, My name is Kristi. My family sells their grass fed beef in San Diego. All the cows are raised in California. You can see more information at www.truepasturebeef.com
It is so great so many more people care about where their food comes from. It has really helps family ranches continue to do what they love.
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