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Old 04-21-2010, 05:06 PM
 
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My husband and I are moving to VA beach in June (buying our condo now) I was curious if anyone could recommend somewhere I could purchase grass fed meat (i.e. chicken, beef, lamb..)

I'm not picky about antibiotics- we don't eat much meat and prefer to pay a little more and buy animals who have been raised in a better environment. Thanks for the advice
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Old 04-21-2010, 07:49 PM
 
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It's a ways for you from Virginia Beach, but there are several vendors at the Williamsburg Farmers Market who sell pasture-fed meats. You can find the list of vendors and when they'll be there at Williamsburg Farmers' Market.
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Old 04-21-2010, 08:37 PM
 
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Yes that's a ways up for you, I head up to the farmers market almost every weekend though (I live close to the williamsburg border) to buy beef, pork, lamb and bison. Simpson Farms and Wild T Bison are both good vendors, also a pork/goat vendor who's name I can't remember currently. Simpson also does portions or full steer bulk orders so you can stock up on meat. The Fresh Market also now sells some grass-fed beef, but I don't know if that is truly pasture fed.

There is a place in Suffolk that has some delivery network in the area, Full Quiver Farms. Also co-workers mentioned a local butcher in Chesapeake way down Kempsville Rd I believe that processes their own meat (not sure on the source though I haven't been there yet ).
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Old 04-22-2010, 05:02 PM
 
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Trader Joe's in Virginia has some grass fed beef and free range chicken. However, you need to look at the labels carefully. The beef in particular is hard to find. I've been finding some of local supermarkets are starting to sell the free range chicken. I found it at Walmart and Farm Fresh, but the grass fed beef is hard to find.
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Old 04-24-2010, 05:17 PM
 
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My husband and I are moving to VA beach in June (buying our condo now) I was curious if anyone could recommend somewhere I could purchase grass fed meat (i.e. chicken, beef, lamb..)

I'm not picky about antibiotics- we don't eat much meat and prefer to pay a little more and buy animals who have been raised in a better environment. Thanks for the advice
just discovered a GREAT farmer's market this very day in VA Beach, on Princess Anne/Dam Neck, they have organic and non-organic, lots of local people, very friendly (will talk to you about their vegetables, cheese, meat 'til your ears feel warm), plus they have nice initiatives and efforts as far as recycling etc...felt like a tourist coming from Norfolk, nice feeling.
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Old 04-24-2010, 05:44 PM
 
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just discovered a GREAT farmer's market this very day in VA Beach, on Princess Anne/Dam Neck, they have organic and non-organic, lots of local people, very friendly (will talk to you about their vegetables, cheese, meat 'til your ears feel warm), plus they have nice initiatives and efforts as far as recycling etc...felt like a tourist coming from Norfolk, nice feeling.

The Farmers Market is awesome..we go often..

Agriculture | Farmers Market
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Old 04-25-2010, 08:41 AM
 
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thanks everyone.. I will look into these!
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Old 04-26-2010, 02:48 AM
 
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As far as I know the beef at the Village Butcher in Hilltop Shopping Center in Virginia Beach is all grass fed. That is what they are known for. The beef sold by Country Butcher at Dam Neck farmer's market is pastured to a certain point, then finished with grain. Both mid-west sourced. The folks at CB seem to be more flexible with smaller cuts, but they also probably have more volume to justify that. But they are both great folks.

The whole focus of Fresh Market is high-end food, without emphasis on grass-fed (though you can occasionally find a few things there), organic or anything like that. Most of their meat is well-marbled, cornfed and high quality. You have to watch out for some things though (like previously frozen sausage with BHT).

Trader Joe's has grass-fed ground beef. I don't believe they have anything else grass fed. I am always a little leary of buying meat in shrinkwrap, but I did get a good small l lb. piece of flank steak there a while back. The lines of poultry they carry (such as Bell & Evans and Empire Kosher) are very high end.

Quality of meat at local Wal-Marts, Food Lions and Kroger will be expected feed lot junk. Harris Teeter appears to be a little higher quality, but I don't know where they source their meat from. I don't shop at Farm Fresh, so don't know about that either.
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Old 04-26-2010, 01:23 PM
 
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I was JUST researching this very thing this past weekend!

The Farmer's Market on Dam Neck carries grass-fed beef in the organic building. The other butcher there raises his cattle on grass then switches to corn for the last couple of months. So make sure if you go there, you go to the actual organic building place and the grass-fed beef is in there. I can't think of their name off the top of my head. Sorry.

Also, Central Meats on Kempsville Rd sells grass-fed beef from another supplier.

Quiver Farms is another local farm that is grass only.

There are a lot of new farmer markets popping up all over Hampton Roads. My advice is to check them all out and ask!
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Old 04-26-2010, 06:54 PM
 
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Full Quiver Farm in Suffolk, VA. They run their farm like Polyface Farm (the farm featured in "Food, Inc."). They offer a buying club and deliver all over Hampton Roads to different areas or you can buy direct from their farm. YOu place your order ahead of time and pick up at the closet location to you! There are two locations in VB.

Welcome to Full Quiver Farm

Good luck!
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