Where to buy locally raised meat

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Area farmers markets sell meat from local farms. Go to http://www.washingtonpost.com/farmersmarkets for a list of markets by day and location. Other sources of information about local meat include http://www.localharvest.org and http://www.eatwellguide.org.

EcoFriendly Foods (540-297-9582, http://www.ecofriendly.com) sells at the FreshFarm Market on Sundays in Dupont Circle, at the Courthouse market on Saturdays in Arlington and at its facility in Moneta, Va.

Buying clubs let consumers order meat that the farmer delivers to a drop-off location, often someone's home. Polyface Farm in Swoope, Va. (540-885-3590, http://www.polyfaceyum.com) delivers grass-fed beef, pork and chicken to many locations, as does Mount Vernon Farm in Sperryville, Va. (540-987-9559, http://www.mountvernonfarm.net).

Nick's Organic Farm, in Potomac and Adamstown (nickmaravell@comcast.net, 301-983-2167), sells large lots of organic grass-fed beef, as well as organic chickens and turkey.

Green Fence Farm in Greenville, Va. (202-215-7868, http://www.greenfencefarm.com), sells meat and vegetables.

Stores listed in this article all sell retail on site: T&E Meats in Harrisonburg, Va. (540-434-4415, http://www.temeats.com); Blue Ridge Meats of Front Royal in Middletown, Va. (540-636-6050, http://www.blueridgemeats.com); and Donald's Meat Processing in Lexington, Va. (540-463-BEEF, http://www.buffalocreekbeef.com).

Whole Foods Market (multiple locations, http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com) has local meats as well as grass-fed beef from White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Ga., which has the only on-farm slaughterhouse in the East.

The Organic Butcher of McLean (703-790-8300, http://www.theorganicbutcher.com) sells meat from Virginia farms.

KOL Foods of Silver Spring (888.366.3565, http://www.kolfoods.com) sells local and kosher grass-fed beef, lamb and chicken.

-- S.F.

© 2010 The Washington Post Company