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BEEF QUESTIONS . . . 

  • WHAT BEEF PACKAGES DO YOU SELL?

We offer a range of 10 lb. and 30 lb. boxes, as well as full quarters and sides. We also sell liver and soup bones, when they're available. Click here for our full product lineup.

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  • HOW MUCH DOES YOUR BEEF COST?

It depends. We sell a variety of boxes, sides and quarters. You can see our full price list here.

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  • WHAT'S IN YOUR BOXES

Here's a detailed look at what you'll find inside our Grilling Box, Country Kitchen and Ground Beef Box offerings. Exact contents of each box will vary slightly, but we always make sure that total box weight is heavier than specified.

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  • WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GRASS FED AND GRAIN FED BEEF?

In a nutshell it comes down to how we feed different animals and the eating experience you're looking for.

 

 

GRASS FED:

Our grass fed beef has been called "the best in Ontario" by people like Dave Meli, executive head butcher at The Healthy Butcher in Toronto. All our grass fed beef is aged 30 days and is clinically proven to have very healthy fat components similar to flax oil and cold water fish. In fact, Pure Island grass fed beef tops the list of linoleic acid analysis done on more than a dozen different beef sources by an independent University of Toronto professor. Click here for a detailed explanation of our unique grass feeding process, and the many benefits of grass fed beef.

 

EXTREME AGED GRAIN FED BEEF:

This is our deluxe, gourmet beef for people looking for a traditional beef experience. Our 60-day extreme aging program is something done by no other direct-to-consumer beef farm we know of.  Our extreme aged beef has exceptional tenderness and taste. In fact, it tastes so good some people don't even bother adding salt. 

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  • BUT ISN'T GRASS FED BEEF LEAN AND TOUGH?

Truth be told, a lot of grass fed beef on the market isn't all that tender and tasty. Pure Island is different. We raise our grass fed cattle with enough fat to allow 30 days of dry aging and this makes all the difference. We're not aware of any other beef producer that does this. And lab analysis of the fat on our grass fed beef shows that it really does deliver the health benefits that grass fed beef is famous for. Click here for testimonials about our grass fed beef and to see these lab results yourself.

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  • HOW DO I ORDER SIDES AND QUARTERS?

If you'd like a full, custom cut side or quarter of beef, ordering is easy! Just go to our online beef shop and scroll toward the bottom until you reach the section called "Pure Island Sides & Quarters". You'll have the chance to choose between extreme aged or grass fed meat, then you'll get to fill out a quick form telling us how you'd like you side or quarter cut and wrapped. Once your order has been placed, wait for us to get in touch with you regarding delivery.

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  • WHAT IS DRY AGING?

Dry aging is the process of allowing beef to hang undisturbed in a refrigerated space at 1ºC to 2ºC for weeks or even months before slicing into steaks, roasts and other cuts. Why would anyone do this? Believe it or not, proper dry aging greatly enhances the taste and tenderness of beef. And we mean GREATLY. Some people like the taste of our extreme aged beef so much they don't even put salt on it. The rich taste stands on its own. Click here for an in-depth look at our unique, whole-carcass dry aging process.

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DELIVERY QUESTIONS . . . 

 

  • WHEN IS YOUR NEXT DELIVERY? 

We always list our upcoming deliveries of grass fed and extreme aged beef at the top of our online meat shop page. Deliveries happen at least once a month.

 

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  • WHEN AND WHERE DO YOU DROP OFF BEEF ORDERS IN SUDBURY, ESPANOLA AND MANITOULIN?

Our local deliveries are always on a Saturday, usually once a month. If you're a local customer (living in Sudbury, Espanola, or Manitoulin Island), we'll make sure you know which Saturday to expect us. Drop-offs always happen at the following times and places:

 

MANITOULIN ISLAND

8:30AM LaFarge (M’Chigeeng) 

9AM Little Current new Manitoulin Hotel

 

ESPANOLA

10AM Espanola Mall Parking Lot (north end)

 

SUDBURY

12PM Back parking lot of the Southridge Mall near the TSC store

1PM Northeast corner of the New Sudbury Centre parking lot (Swiss Chalet end of parking lot)

 

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  • HOW DO I GET MY BEEF?

There are two ways to get Pure Island Beef:

  1. Pick up your beef at our drop-off locations in Sudbury, Espanola and Manitoulin Island.
  2. Visit us at the farm and pick up your beef in person and save on shipping. 

FARMING QUESTIONS . . . 

  • WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

Our family farm is located on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, in Gordon Township. We raise all our own cattle right on our own farms.

 

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  • CAN I PICK UP MY BEEF AT YOUR FARM?

Yes, we offer local pickups at our home farm #8, Hwy. 540A, Gore Bay ON, P0P 1H0. All we ask is that you call ahead at 705-282-4608 to set a pickup date and time.

 

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  • WHO ARE THE FARMERS?

Pure Island Beef is solely owned and operated by expert family beef farmers Jim and Birgit Martin and their sons. Click here to learn more about the Martins.

PAYMENT QUESTIONS . . .

  • HOW DO I PAY FOR BEEF?

When you complete your order in our online store, you'll have the chance to choose from several payment methods including cash or cheque on delivery for orders delivered locally.

 

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  • DO YOU TAKE PAYMENTS BY E-TRANSFER?

Yes, you can e-transfer payments to Pure Island co-founder Birgit Martin. Please let us know about your payment by email at rob@pureislandbeef.com or phone (705-282-4608). 

 

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  • WHAT IF MY SIDE OR QUARTER OF BEEF WEIGHS MORE (OR LESS) THAN THE LISTED WEIGHT IN THE ONLINE STORE? WILL I STILL HAVE TO PAY THE LISTED PRICE?

No. You only pay for what you actually get. Since every side or quarter of beef is a unique weight, we calculate costs based on a weight estimate. If you order a side or quarter and it weighs less than the amount you paid for, we refund the difference as part of our order processing procedure. Likewise, if you pay for less meat than your side or quarter turns out to weigh, we'll let you know and request an additional payment before shipping your beef. Every animal is different, so we can't give a price and weight in our online shop that'll be 100% accurate. The numbers listed in the shop are averages, based on the approximate weight of the vast majority of cattle.

 

Still have questions about Pure Island beef? 

Click here to send us an email and we'll get right back to you!