3 creative ways to buy humanely raised meat…
1. Order meat by mail:
It’s always best to buy meat that was raised near you — you can talk with the farmer, visit the farm — but if this isn’t possible, try ordering frozen cuts online. (Just keep in mind that you’ll encounter shipping costs.) Here are some independent meat suppliers that ship nationally and make humane animal care a priority:
2. Join a meat CSA:
A “CSA” (short for Community Supported Agriculture) is a farm program where a customer pays in advance for weekly or monthly pick-ups of food from the farm throughout a season. Most CSA farms are vegetable farms but many livestock farms offer CSA programs, too. Best way to find one is at your local farmers’ market – ask around. Or search online for a “meat CSA” near you.
3. Buy in bulk from a farmer:
Humaneitarian, why is there no information on this site about buying humanely raised meat at a restaurant?
There’s no listing of humane restaurants here because restaurants change their menus and suppliers constantly. Plus, waitstaff are not a reliable source of information about where the restaurant’s meat came from. But here is…
A Short Guide to Eating Out
You walk into a restaurant… determined to eat meat there, but only if it’s been humanely raised. You’re willing to go vegetarian if there’s no meat that matches your morals, but you hope they have something.
Ideally… you would have called the restaurant earlier, or looked at their website. The best time to ask about the meat is before you arrive.
If you can’t get information ahead of time, here are a few potential scenarios that could unfold at your table…
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a chest freezer!
Whether you buy meat online, from a CSA, or in bulk, you may not have enough room in your kitchen freezer to store it all. Don't let lack of freezer space keep you from buying humanely raised meat!
Investing in a standalone chest freezer (or upright freezer) could actually save you money because it allows you to buy humanely raised meat in greater quantities - which often means lower prices.
Here is a great guide from Consumer Reports on what to know about buying a freezer.