Joining a Preexisting Club or CSA
If you live in one of the cities listed below, you can contact these producers to join an established meat CSA or be hooked up with a buying club. But know that some clubs accept new members via invitation only. In that case, you can start your own.
Offers grass-fed beef, chicken, pork, lamb, and turkey. Available for 6 or 12 months; delivered monthly to pickup points in the area. Options are a quarter share (5 pounds), half share (10 pounds), or full share (20 pounds) per month.
Brooklyn, New York
Beef only, pasture raised and grain finished. McDonald runs a buying club that gets meat from a producer near New Paltz, New York. Available two to five times a year, in whole, halfs, quarters, and eighths.
Arlington, Virginia (Washington DC area)
Offers grass-fed beef, pork, chicken, eggs, turkey, and rabbit. Joel Salatin, the founder of Polyface, is the father of the buying club movement and a pioneer in the arena of grass-fed farming. He encourages people in his area to start buying clubs, and he’ll deliver. Club members must spend a minimum of $1,000 over the course of a year, and a 25-cent-per-pound delivery rate applies. Refer a new member, and you get $10 of free product.
Grass-fed beef (they also partner with other farms to provide pork, lamb, chicken, salmon, and shrimp). Wallace Farms serves several buying clubs, including two in Chicago. The farm will hook you up with a club near you.
Denver and Boulder, Colorado
Grass-fed beef. Meat deliveries twice a year of 25- or 50-pound boxes; options include assorted cuts, the Party Box (containing only ground beef and bratwurst), and the Braise-N-Grill Box (ribs, steaks, and more).
San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, California
Offers an assortment of beef steaks, roasts, ground beef, and stew meat for $7.10 per pound (packaged, not hanging, weight; includes delivery fee), delivered three times a year. Morris also sells whole, halfs, and quarters of beef; there is a $25 delivery fee.
Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon
Offers grass-fed beef, pork, chicken, goat, lamb, and turkey. Already services several neighborhood buying clubs in the Seattle and Portland areas, and hooks you up with your local club for pickup when you place orders on its website. There is no minimum order for individuals; for clubs the minimum is $1,000, plus a 7 percent delivery fee, capped at $30. The clubs’ hosts receive 5 percent meat credits.