If you’re seriously into the organic food movement, many people think about vegetables as the foray into eating organic, however, omnivores will find that you’ll fall down the proverbial rabbit hole when you get into meats. Once you make the commitment to rid your body of arsenic, growth hormones and antibiotics there are very few places to purchase quality meat that you can trust. Places like Whole Foods, or “whole paycheck” as many in the DC area call it, cannot be trusted with maintaining the highest quality of meat for the most discerning organic foodies. Balducci’s refuses to even carry pasture raised meats. MOMs Organic Market is great for carrying organic and pasture raised meats, but unfortunately the selection leaves only a few choices.
One farmer that you can trust who delivers right to your backyard is Polyface Farms. Joel Salatin has spent his life defying conventional farming and finding ways to farm that really take us back to our roots. He is the foremost expert in pasture raised and grass fed farming. Those that visit his farm leave absolutely astonished at his techniques and hopeful for the future of farming. The best news is that the Polyface Metropolitan Buying Club is available to the D.C. area. The club, which is open to anyone seeking quality, grass fed meat, offers some of the best meats and eggs you can buy.
There’s beef, pork, chicken, chicken eggs, duck eggs and a few extras that Polyface is generous enough to sell, like apple juice or dog food. The best news is that they deliver these fresh-frozen meats practically to your doorstep. Polyface is not a grocery store, they will not be available every day, so you have to plan ahead, but those that do will find that it’s some of the best meat around.
2011 locations include the following:
Springfield, Occoquan, Manassas, North Reston, Arlington, Williamsburg, Richmond, Midlothian, Leesburg, Ashburn, South Reston, Falls Church, Alexandria, Centerville and Charlottesville
Annapolis, Churchton, Silver Spring, Kensington, Potomac, Takoma Park, and Laurel
For some bizarre reason, every time the DC Organic Food Examiner goes into the Gaithersburg Whole Paycheck, inevitable, some random person asks her about bacon. Fact is, I cure my own bacon and if I’m not purchasing a Tamsworth hog from my CSA farmer, I get the pork belly from Polyface. Check out this link for organic bacon recipe. Don’t like bacon? Try my braised pork belly recipe.
Overall, yes, this is less convenient than going into a supermarket, but it’s worth it to know that the farmer you’re buying your food from rears the cattle, hogs and chickens in a manner that you deem acceptable.
Want to participate in this exclusive club? Visit PolyfaceYum.com to sign up.