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Does anybody know where we can buy organic chickens from a small,
local chicken farm? We live in North Oakland. Thank you.
We have loved the chicken from Magnani's for many years. They are
just up the street from Monterey Market, on Hopkins, in Berkeley.
Try Three Stone Hearth - a new place on University Ave. just North of
Sacramento. You must order in advance, but they sell half chickens which
are organic, grass fed, and local. They also make food which you can order
for pick up on a weekly basis and all ingredients are organic, local and
sustainably grown. Check out their website at threestonehearth.com
a happy customer
Some time ago, there was a vendor selling grass-fed, no
antibiotics, nitrate/nitrite free hot dogs at Crissy Field in SF.
She was just starting her business... Haven't seen her there..
Anyone know where to get ''healthy'' hot dogs - organic, etc?
looking for healthy hot dog
Try Niman Ranch hot dogs! They sell them at Trader Joe's, Andronico's, and I'm sure others. They support small farmers who treat their animals humanely and are strong proponents of the environment. You can't go wrong!
Hi there.....I was just at Crissy Field approx. 2 wkends ago and saw the hotdog lady/business there....by the gift shop. You might want to try Berk. or El Cerrito Natural Grocery for nitrate free hot dogs.....or even T.J's (not sure??). Good luck....
Planet Organics www.planetorganics.com carries several brands:
- Let's be Frank - local from Marin - not organic but 100% grass fed beef, uncured, low-salt
- Organic Prarie beef (not local, but it is organic)
- Sonoma Sausage hotdogs (local from Marin, not organic, but no antibiotics, no hormones, no nitrates, etc.)
I've tried the Let's be Frank dogs and they are tasty.
We like ''Smart Dogs''....made from tofu....definitely no nitrites.
Looking for place or brand that has organic lamb and chicken near
Piedmont/Oakland that is fresh, flavorful and does not cost an arm
and leg. Thanks
Trader Joe's has whole organic chickens for a decent price. Berkeley Bowl is another
good place to find meat, and I'm sure they have organic chicken, at least.
Magnani's on Hopkins, near Monterey Market. We especially love their
roasted chickens for a quick meal. They will cut them up for you. Then we
grab a loaf of artisan bread at the bakery, some salad at Monterey Market,
and we are good to go.
Try El Cerrito Natural Foods, they have a great selection of organic
meats, many have competitive prices to trader joes.
My family is beginning to add meat back into our diet, after
years of being vegetarians. We became vegetarians for many
reasons, and the only one that is still in force for me
personally is the issue of cruelty. (Okay, health, too, in
the ''hormones and antibiotics'' sense.)
Ideally, I'd like to find a source for meat, including poultry,
lamb or mutton, and perhaps beef, that is not only raised
without harmful additives, but in the case of beef, is grass-fed
only, not finished on grain.
But wait, that's not all. Ideally, I'd also like the slaughter
process to have been/be as cruelty-free, and disease-free as
possible. No factory slaughterhouses, in other words.
Am I being wildly naive to think that somewhere out there is the
equivalent of the old farm neighbor who would sell a complete
I know I can purchase organically grown meat at many local
stores, but I'm curious about the slaughter and packaging
The best you'll probably find for meats is niman ranch. Here's
where yoiu can find info onthe products and get home delivery
along with delivery of organic produce (I'm in no way affiliated
with either company)
Try Niman Ranch products. I don't know about the slaughter
process in particular, but the company says that all their
animals are raised in accordance with strict husbandry
standards, which includes humane treatment and only natural
feeds. The website (www.nimanranch.com) says that they offer
farm and ranch tours so you could see for yourself if they meet
your criteria. Their products are widely available at stores
and restaurants throughout the Bay Area.
Does anyone know where can I get meat without hormones or antibiotics
fresh fish The only place I found them is Andronicos which is great but so
Thanks for what you can do.
Both Magnani (Hopkins near Monterey) and Berkeley Bowl meats sell meat without
hormones or antibiotics. I don't know how their prices compare to Andronicos
but they're definitely a lot cheaper than Whole Foods.
My guess is that any wild-caught (as opposed to farm-raised) fish would be
free of hormones and antibiotics. You can ask the fish seller at both Berkeley
Bowl Seafood and Monterey Fish (Hopkins near Montery) and they'll tell you how
a given fish was raised or caught.
Berkeley Bowl has all kindds of meat without hormones or antibiotics (also
their Deli section has nitrate free turkey breast). El Cerrito Natural
Grocery on San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito has a meat counter inside (Armands
meats). Berkeley Bowl has better prices then El Cerrito Nat. and a larger
Webvan carries meat from Niman Ranch, which raises beef, lamb, and pork using natural feed
(with no animal by-products or waste), no growth hormones or antibiotics and allows the animals to
roam freely on the land. Webvan also carries Fulton Valley range chicken. Both these cost more than the non-free-range but not only are they additive-free, I have
found they are much more tender and tasty. Ginger
You might try either Wild Oats on University (Berkeley) or any of the
Whole Foods around the Bay Area. Both of them are health food supermarket
chains, and while they might not be much cheaper than Andronico's, I
doubt that they could be more.
"Naturally-raised" meats are considerably more expensive than their
conventionally-raised counterparts, although many people simply accept that
extra expense and perhaps eat less meat overall to counterbalance. In my
experience, chicken is the most widely available "naturally-raised" meat.
Whole Foods carries naturally raised beef, pork, lamb etc., but, like
Andronico's, at a substantial premium. You might also try VerBrugge's
butcher shop on College Avenue between Claremont and Alcatraz. Some of
their meats are conventionally-raised, but many are not, their prices are as
good as anyone's and they are terrific in terms of customer service.
For fish, the Berkeley Bowl's fish market is my favorite.
Magninis Meat market on Hopkins near Monterey Market in Berkeley, Wild Oats
on University east of Sacramento, and there's a meat market at Cafe Rouge on
Fourth St, just north of University, Ocean View area of Berkeley, right next
to the Pasta Shop. ( You'll pay heartily for the very best, Niemann Schell
organic meats.) Whole Foods at Ashby and Telegraph has a large counter,
Berkeley Natural Foods on Gilman has a small selection. El Cerrito Natural
Foods on San Pablo is a good place. Then there are always those damned
Racoons that plague our yards. Good Luck.
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