Good Beef: How to Find Local Meat

We were sobered by last weekend's massive beef recall and strengthened in our resolve to be very careful where we buy our meat. We are cooking a big beef curry this weekend for some friends and we are thinking that even the "hormone-free" supermarket brand isn't quite good enough.

We are on the hunt for local, well-raised, humanely-butchered beef. Here are some of the resources we consult.

Eat Well Guide - Eat Well is the first place we looked. It's a large searchable database of farmers, butchers, produce markets and more. We searched for beef within a 20-mile radius of our home and promptly found 10 farms that hand-raise beef, pigs, and goats. Eat Well is privately funded through GRACE and it is developing into an absolutely great resource for well-organized and clear information on local food resources.

Eatwild Directory - Eatwild focuses on grass-fed and raised animals and meat. They also are a great resource for finding good meat.

• Farmers Markets - And of course, try your local farmers market. We have two butchers in our local permanent indoor market and they give us good advice on choosing meats. They all use local meat and meat processors.

Where do you buy local, hormone-free, well-raised meat? Leave us a comment telling us where you are and where you look for meat you trust. Maybe we can build our own mini set of resources and reviews from around the country.

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