An Easy Guide To Finding Local Quality Meat Sources
Sourcing quality meat is one thing... but sourcing quality meat LOCALLY is a whole other problem. But, with this handy dandy guide hopefully, your quest for local quality meat becomes a bit more feasible!
Finding A Source
★For a list of quality sources I personally use click here!★
Whenever I am on the hunt for a new supplier, I usually start with some of my raw feeding friends! A lot of times they will have at least 1-2 local distributors that I've never heard of.
Another great way to find new distributors near you is following a local raw feeding Facebook group. But be warned... Facebook groups, especially raw feeding groups, are breeding grounds for DRAMA! All the groups I am apart of are customized to only notify me when my friends post to ensure minimal Karen drama.
You can also google "farmers near me" and you'll have a whole list of people to reach out to. Using websites such as Eat wild, Farm Match, and Local Harvest are all great to find quality farmers near you. It also never hurts to reach out to dairy farmers as sometimes they will have a calf that was stillborn or a cow that passed away naturally.
What I Look For
When looking for a new source I look for these 3 main things...
The quality of the meat is everything! It matters what the animal you are feeding ate. For example, there are pretty significant nutritional differences in a grain-fed & finished cow versus a grass-fed & finished such as the levels of omega-6 fatty acids.
The world is on fire and one of the many ways we can help save it is less plastic, repurposing, and regenerative farming! Did you know that regenerative farming has carbon 111% lower than conventional beef which means regenerative farming has a negative net carbon footprint?
Transparency is my most important factor! I look for companies who aren't afraid (or refuse) to tell you where, why, and how they get their products from with delight.
★Click here for more in-depth reasonings!★
Questions To Ask
A lot of times they will have a bulk amount of organs and bones leftover that they will sell for very low or sometimes even free! But I always make sure to ask my fair share of questions to make sure that the meat is quality.
Some great questions to ask the farmer:
Are your animals grass-fed & finished?
Are the animals born at your farm and if not, where?
Does your property use any herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers?
Do you feed any GMO feed or hay?
How old are the animals when butchered?
The farmer should be more than happy to answer these questions and if not...run. A lot of times they will give you a call as it is easier than typing their process out since they are busy people!
Email Template For Contacting Farmers
Here's an email template for you to use for easy farmer hunting or to give you an idea of what to send.
I see you sell grass-fed & finished meats which is just what I am looking for! I feed my dog a balanced raw food diet and use a lot of offcuts that are normally thrown out such as tripe, trachea, spleen, kidney, liver, lungs, and more, and was wondering if you could possibly sell any of these cuts to me?
Thank you for your time!
[Your Name & contact information]
Finding local reliable meat sources can be hard and frustrating but once you build your list you are set for life. And by following the tips & tricks above, finding a supplier should be a breeze.
As always, I hope you enjoyed and Always Keep Exploring!