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    Default Grass fed meat

    I know there were some other LM's looking for pasture fed meat so I thought I'd share what I've found. I have been searching for wild meat that hasn't had any corn, wheat, etc, since it was recommended for my kids and all their allergies by the GI Specialist but apparently you can't sell meat from a wild animal in Ontario. I have found pasture fed Bison from St Mary's and pasture fed Elk from Stratford, both farms do feed the animals oats weekly IIRC (apparently it's a treat and helps with lactation?) but it's the only completely corn free meat I have found locally other than the pork and chicken I found (we'll maybe try those meats again soon but are going with something totally new first and then pasture fed "regular meat", lol). Both the bison and elk are available frozen at the Covent Garden Market on Saturdays during the summer, the bison isn't there every week end so I email her to check first. LMK if you want the email and I'll get it for anyone who wants it.

    Here is the link for the pork and chicken if anyone is interested, I believe they have rabbit too? They're mostly a co-op but do sell some meat separately. We were going to join the co-op b/c it was a great price but the kids haven't been having any meat so it wasn't worthwhile.

    About Us - Homegrown Produce and Meats

    Here is the link for the Elk:

    Renecker's Elk Meat Product List | Eating Elk

    When we stopped to talk to him (I had found their site but didn't know they went to CGM and was actually there just for the bison, lol) he had lots of good information about the meat and how it's better tolerated by many people, has better omega ratios b/c it's grass fed, etc. They are pasture fed all summer and during the winter are fed first and second cut hay from their own farm, they don't use any chemicals on their farm so it's organic as well. This is next on our list to try.

    I also have some links on grass fed beef that isn't quite so local if anyone is interested, I believe the closest is Cambridge? We haven't tried it yet either since we're just starting meat again. ODS *loves* having a new food to try so we're really hoping bison stays after lamb was a huge fail.

    I hope this info helps someone else!
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    metzger's in hensall is supposed to be grass fed beef too if that helps

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    There's a place in dundas that has all sorts of organic meats. I'm not sure if they're pasture fed, but they had bison, elk, beef, chicken and a ton of other stuff listed on a sign. If you'd like, next time we pass by I can get the name and contact info for you.

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    McSmiths' beef and pork is all pasture raised and fed, hay during the winter, no grain at any time. The chickens are fed organic grain they grow themselves (but then I don't think they'd eat grass anyway ). Much closer than Cambridge, and also organic
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    i just googled

    heres the place I'm talking about.

    http://www.mordensorganicfarmstore.com/products.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by MomLiz View Post
    metzger's in hensall is supposed to be grass fed beef too if that helps
    Most of the beef I have found is corn finished, that is generally the problem with even the pasture fed meat, for marbling apparently. Do you know if their beef is corn finished?

    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh View Post
    There's a place in dundas that has all sorts of organic meats. I'm not sure if they're pasture fed, but they had bison, elk, beef, chicken and a ton of other stuff listed on a sign. If you'd like, next time we pass by I can get the name and contact info for you.
    It has to be pasture fed apparently, I can check if you get the info though. I doubt we can afford it from a store though - omg, it's expensive even from the farmer directly.

    Quote Originally Posted by dashenka View Post
    McSmiths' beef and pork is all pasture raised and fed, hay during the winter, no grain at any time. The chickens are fed organic grain they grow themselves (but then I don't think they'd eat grass anyway ). Much closer than Cambridge, and also organic
    Thanks, I had only read about their chicken and it didn't specify what they feed them so that may be helpful if the kids pass this trial.


    I mostly posted this to share if anyone else was looking for local pasture fed meat and am finding more myself, awesome!
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    This is great info! Thanks so much for posting!
    LondonMoms has really gone downhill, ever since they started chit chatting in the home and garden forum. There is a place for chit chat, people!!!

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    i wasn't sure what they were when I posted initially, but looks like a farm too me. lol

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    http://www.mordensorganicfarmstore.com/specialty.htm

    this also looks interesting there.

    And as a bonus, you could make a day trip out of it and hit up Christie Lake Conservation. lol

    (we went to the beach and thats how we found this place).

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    Quote Originally Posted by myrrah View Post
    This is great info! Thanks so much for posting!
    You're welcome, you were one of the people I remember looking for pasture fed meat. Lyle from Renecker farms would have lots of info for you on the elk, he was so informative. The card he gave me says he has a PhD and his wife has a MSc, so I'm guessing they really studied this stuff and seem quite proud of their meat.

    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh View Post
    i wasn't sure what they were when I posted initially, but looks like a farm too me. lol
    That looks good, thank you. I wonder why none of these places are on the eatwild website I found so many not so close places on, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh View Post
    http://www.mordensorganicfarmstore.com/specialty.htm

    this also looks interesting there.

    And as a bonus, you could make a day trip out of it and hit up Christie Lake Conservation. lol

    (we went to the beach and thats how we found this place).
    I think I could go broke there if the kids start having more foods. That's a lot of stuff! And a beach? Even better! LOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allie193 View Post
    I think I could go broke there if the kids start having more foods. That's a lot of stuff! And a beach? Even better! LOL.
    I know.I'm totally stopping in next time we go. (Just saw the sign when we went to the beach last time!)

    PS, if you DO go to the beach, lmk. We have a year long pass and it costs nothing to go in. Just a swipe card, you're welcome to borrow.

    The beach is AWESOME there! Kinda rocky, but the water is nice.

    The beach is only like 5 mins up the road from the farm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allie193 View Post
    Most of the beef I have found is corn finished, that is generally the problem with even the pasture fed meat, for marbling apparently. Do you know if their beef is corn finished?..
    I'm not certain. It just came to mind because I worked at a restaraunt that used their meat and it was on the menu as “grass-fed“. In my experience any London area restaraunt that has “grass-fed“ beef on their menu is getting it from Metzgers.

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    Fairlane farms in Lucan sells pasture raised beef by the cuts or by the side. The do not finish their beef on grain.
    He is not certified organic anymore for this reason, as within the guidelines you are permitted to finish off the beef on grain for up to 8 weeks before slaughter, and he is appalled by this concept.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cathy View Post
    Fairlane farms in Lucan sells pasture raised beef by the cuts or by the side. The do not finish their beef on grain.
    He is not certified organic anymore for this reason, as within the guidelines you are permitted to finish off the beef on grain for up to 8 weeks before slaughter, and he is appalled by this concept.
    I would agree that finishing off with grain is a bad thing, but why would that stop him from being certified organic? Surely he wouldn't have to finish them on grain? McSmith's don't feed grain to their cattle at all and are certified organic.

    It's also a problem with organic milk though - they are allowed to feed grain as long as it's organic You really do have to know where your food comes from!
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