Free-Range Meats

Purchasing Grass-Fed Beef

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

J Mar Custom Meats – what to expect when you purchase side of beef directly from the farmer

This year, we ordered 2 pastured, exclusively grass-fed, drug-free cows (a ½ for us and the rest for family members) from Nature’s Choice Farm. We purchase our beef yearly, in the Fall, in order to last us the year. Buying beef “by the side” is very different from purchasing packages in the grocery store. I find myself explaining the process often. So, here’s what its all about.

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Local Grass-fed Beef

Posted on Aug 10, 2014

Local Grass-fed Beef

Nature’s Choice Farm – grass-fed beef from Highland cows just outside Elmira, Ontario

Every year, I am surprised and overjoyed by new, local sources for free-range meats and organic foods that we see popping up around us. When we first started sourcing our food directly from farmers, we often had to travel 40 – 200 kilometres to get it. Today, we have many more options, just around the corner from us! One of these new options is Nature’s Choice Farm, owned by Mark & Mary Martin.

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Pastured Berkshire Pork

Posted on Aug 27, 2013

Pastured Berkshire Pork

Alverstoke Farm – biodynamic farming in Paisley, Ontario

Our search for “happy” pork led us to Alverstoke Farm in Paisley, Ontario. We found the farm on the Internet. Since it was on our way to a beach holiday in Kincardine, Ontario, we arranged to stop in for a visit.

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Ranch-Raised Grass-Fed Beef

Posted on Aug 13, 2012

Ranch-Raised Grass-Fed Beef

Echo Valley Ranch – grass-fed beef from a true ranch in Moorefield, Ontario

This year, our quest for the healthiest beef possible led us to Echo Valley Ranch in Moorfield, Ontario, where rancher, Brad Martin, gave us a tour of his family’s ranch on a hot summer day.

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