Ask Dan: Local, Healthy Meat?

By May 7, 2010Ask Dan

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We are frequently asked to reveal our source for local, healthy meat.  We love Cheryl the Pig Lady, Thundering Hooves and Heritage MeatsIn 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.

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