Originally Posted by 4elise
And I'll bet that wasn't a factory farm either
Ridgerunner - you are unique in your access to non factory farmed meat! The majority of the US does not have that or the option to hunt for meat as an option.
But as you say - back to the topic at hand - certainly not killed for 'sport'.
I don't know that it's unique. What it really takes is access to rural people. I daresay that if a person, even a city dweller, drives out to some small town and goes into a feed store and asks around, it wouldn't take long before he could find out who, in the area, raises hogs or beef to butcher or range chickens or fresh eggs or just about anything else. In rural slaughterhouses, they actually buy steers and hogs from farmers to butcher and sell. Some few will process chickens, but they don't like to do it, and they're costly. You don't save much money doing that, but you know what you're getting.
The REAL deals can be had by knowing people who work in processing plants. Yes, it's probably factory farm stuff, though pork isn't always. Depends on where you are. Poultry always is. But I think my best deal was frozen chicken leg quarters for three cents per pound. All procesors have product over-runs, and they practically give them away. I bought as many of those leg quarters as my car could carry (in 30 lb boxes) and gave most of them away. It was fun, and the best quality you ever saw. Kids in a big family go bonkers if you bring a 30 lb box of chicken in their door. Chicken tenders are more expensive. Usually around a dollar a pound, but sometimes if they have what they call "miscuts", (poorly portioned breast meat) they almost give those away. I buy them in 30 lb boxes too, and genuinely enjoy passing them around.
If you live in a city, you need to go roaming the countryside a bit, just asking around. There are lots of things out there. It wouldn't be long before you could find a farmer with whom to form a relationship. I'm serious.
And NONE of those animals are killed for sport!