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A list of farms with naturally raised meat

Here's some local farms that sell naturally raised meat to local cooks.

Some may be able to sell you some today, while others won't have what you want for a month or more. The shift from supermarket meat-on-demand takes getting used to, but its fans say it's worth it.

A note on terms: Natural means no routine antibiotics or any added hormones. Packages are combinations of cut and ground meat sold primarily by the pound.

A half or quarter animal is usually sold by "hanging weight," the pre-cutting weight that usually includes bones, skin and other parts most people don't want. Expect finished meat to be roughly two-thirds of the hanging weight.

* Hanova Hills Farms, Forestville: Natural beef. Order packages, quarters or halves from the farm (965-2249). Also sells at Lexington Co-op and Bidwell Farmer's Market. Will deliver depending on order.

* Freeman Homestead, Pomfret: Grass-fed beef, pork, grass-finished lamb, chicken, eggs, turkey, duck, rabbit. Order from the farm (672-8022). Deliveries to West Seneca and Elma.

* Strobel Farms, Newfane: Natural beef and pork. Order from the farm (778-5924). Delivery for additional charge.

* S.K. Herefords, Medina: Natural beef finished on corn. Order packages, quarters or halves from the farm (585-798-4088). Will deliver order depending on size.

* Native Offerings, East Otto: Naturally raised pork and beef. Call farm (257-3006) or see Web site at nativeofferings.com for order form. Also sells organic vegetable farm subscriptions.

* Southwind Farms, Middleport: Natural beef and pork. Order from the farm (735-9113).

* Halal Premium Meats, Randolph: Natural beef, lamb and goat. "Twin Rivers" brand meat in Feel-Rite stores, Lexington Co-op, East Concord General store, or order from company (474-2581).

* Thorpe's Organic Family Farm, East Aurora: Organically raised beef, pork, eggs and chickens, turkeys. Order from the farm (655-4486). Also sells vegetable farm subscriptions.

* Blossom Hill Farm, Dayton: Natural pork and meat products, chicken, eggs. Order from the farm (532-1741), or buy at Lexington Co-op, Bidwell Farmer's Market. Check Web site (blossomhillfarm.net) under "In the freezer."

* Pumpkinville Farms, Great Valley: Natural Angus beef by quarter and half, free range broilers in July and August. Order from farm (699-2994).

-- Andrew Z. Galarneau

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