Saturday, May 8, 2010

Local Meat Options

Awhile back I talked about how I really only wanted to buy local chicken or other meats (not for myself as I don't eat any red meats). I failed to find anything local until I got an email the other day about it from my Terra Organics Delivery Service.

If you live in the local Puyallup, Sumner, Tacoma area and surrounding and are looking for meat options try some of these!
Now I haven't tried any of these yet, but at least here are some options.
Here was the email:

We are frequently asked to reveal our source for local, healthy meat. We love Cheryl the Pig Lady, Thundering Hooves and Heritage Meats. In fact, we will soon be offering products from both Heritage Meats and Thundering Hooves. In the mean time, there are a couple of other options out there for you, the discerning and conscientious eater.

I can't speak from personal experience (yet!) about our first referral, but Inger Owen, and her husband, Dave, operate
Fraction Farm in Eatonville, WA. There, the couple raises antibiotic and hormone-free pastured poultry and is WSDA certified for on-site slaughtering. The requirement for on-farm slaughtering is that all meat is sold from the premises within a 48 hour window and is never frozen. That means that you can buy your bird the same day that it was harvested and bring it straight home to the rotisserie. Their next farm day is Sunday, May 16th, from 10am - 2pm; whole chickens are available for $4.00 per pound. Email Inger at for more information.

The second referral is Bruce Dunlop, from
Lopez Island Farm. In addition to restaurant sales, an on-farm retail stand, processed jams, syrups and chutneys, Bruce sells pre-ordered meat out of the back of his pickup truck in the Proctor District of Tacoma. Once a month (if we're lucky) he makes the drive down from Lopez with his delicious pork, beef and lamb. His next trip is planned for early June, so email him at if you'd like to be put on the mailing list to receive an order form every month or so.

I'm most excited about the chicken option! No more caged, cheap chicken for us! I can't wait. If I do get a chance to try any of these soon you know you'll all be the first to know about it. Also note that Cheryl the Pig Lady is almost always at the Saturday Farmers Market at Pioneer Park in Puyallup. She's really sweet and has some great veggie starts to!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A great resource for finding local food (as well as other products) is It covers the U.S. and lists businesses who make their products locally and also use local suppliers. They have other categories like wine, beer & spirits, restaurants, bath&body, even pets!