I’m getting really sick of beef recalls. Not sick from food poisoning–just generally disturbed.
The latest recall is the biggest one yet. What’s worse–the meat in question has likely already been consumed. Lovely.
But what does "buy local meat" mean if you have a limited grocery budget?
At McGinnis Sisters, current prices reflect a bargain. If you buy 10 pounds of ground beef, you’ll pay $1.99/lb., or $2.28/lb. if you buy less than 5 lbs. Oh, hi, that’s cheaper than what Giant Eagle charged me the other day!
Even though I’d have to travel a ways to get there, if I buy a 10-pound pack, that’s going to last awhile.
This price list for Brunton Dairy seems reasonable, but I don’t think the prices have been updated in awhile. My reasoning? A half a gallon of milk costs $1.50, according to their site. That’s well under the Pennsylvania dairy minimum wholesale price of $1.71 for nonft milk and $1.87 for fullfat milk in this region. By the way, retail for 1 percent milk in my region this month is $3.54/gallon. I don’t know what it’ll be for March.
I called Brunton Dairy to ask their current prices. My call went to the answering machine. I’ll try again later.
Between farmers markets (season is coming soon!), these little shops and Whole Foods, local, humanely processed meats are available. (By the way, what does a pound of ground beef cost at Whole Foods?)
If only pricey meats are available to you, you can go vegetarian one night or more per week for dinner. Consider adding beans or vegetables to ground beef to stretch it further.
Where do you buy meat? How much does it cost? What options are available to you?