Primal Eats Vancouver: Organic World

May 2, 2012


Well, the name kind of says it all: Organic World. I love this place. It’s all the way out in Maple Ridge, but I go every once in a while to stock up. It’s an organic grocery store, focusing on meat, with a restaurant attached. That’s as close to a paleo restaurant as I might be able to get here in the Vancouver area. Their chicken and beef is organic, and the other meats like pork, turkey, and bison are “natural” (free of antibiotics and hormones). I’ve been reassured multiple times that their beef is 100% grass fed and finished, but I would love to see this somewhere in writing – either on the website or on the packaging.

Oh, and one of the best things about this place is their sales. They always have a few 2 for 1’s going on. And their prices in general are reasonable. If there’s something in particular that you’re after, you can call them ahead of time and place an order – this list of meat products will give you an idea of what’s available. Otherwise, you can browse their very large fresh and frozen meat sections, including game meats. They even have  beef tallow and bones (though you typically have to order these). They also sell a variety of other grocery products, though meat is the main draw.

The Organic World restaurant is pretty great also. It’s not gourmet, but it’s home-style cooking, with their quality meats, at affordable prices. Check out some of their current menu items: caribou rack chops and venison tenderloin dinners, roast beef, buffalo rib eye, and ribs (pictured). They also now serve organic wines and beers.

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Jenny May 4, 2012 at 6:38 AM

On the front page of their website, they do say that their animals are “[r]aised on organic pasture and feed free of GMO’s”… I’m guessing you’re worried about the latter part of that tidbit, when it comes to the beef? I have to agree, though, it would be nice to see on the packaging “grass-fed and -finished beef”. Even on their page of “Why Organic?” they don’t specifically say “grass-fed and -finished” for the beef part, but rather that their “feed and forages” are organic, and the pasture for their grazing is managed… It does seem to convey the message that they may be fed a diet containing both grain and grass, doesn’t it?! However, I think their assurance is genuine: the website for their beef source (http://www.theblackdiamondranch.com/beef-products.html) guarantees grass-fed and -finished beef. ;)

I must be honest – I’ve never been all the way out there to the store! (No car, so it’s a little inconvenient by public transit.) However, I noticed they have ostrich on their product list. Guess I’ll be needing to make the journey sometime! Thanks for bringing the place up!


[email protected] May 4, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Hey Jenny,

Thanks for the comment! I followed the same breadcrumb trail as you, but unfortunately, that Black Diamond Ranch website where we both ended up is in Virginia! Meaning that’s not the right ranch. I believe they source their meat from Saskatchewan. So I’m still looking for some more confirmation on the grass-fed and finished bit.

If you’re after ostrich, make sure to order it ahead of time. Their availability on the different meats varies. It’s definitely worth the trek, especially if you can talk someone into driving you, perhaps a fellow paleo-minded friend — those are hard to come by though :P


Jenny May 8, 2012 at 8:39 AM

I should have figured (that you had followed the same trail already)! I suppose they’re not bringing the stuff in, since they said somewhere on their site that the steer are grazing on Canadian plains or something, I think… I know the Honest Butcher and the Pasture-to-Plate Butcher Shop obviously has grass-fed, but their prices are sky-high! At least there’s always TJ’s south of the border for cheaper pastured meats…

Right you are about the lack of “paleo folk” in Vancouver… We seem to be a city of pro-vegans (even though not everyone is vegan). :|

[email protected] May 8, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Yah, Vancouver is definitely trending towards vegetarian/vegan (unfortunately).


Jenny May 9, 2012 at 9:04 AM

I can’t help but think it’s related to Lululemon and the lifestyle supposedly associated with the brand. ._. (Yay Lululemon – thanks for making Vancouver the worst dressed city in North America!) Ahem. Maybe I shouldn’t be bashing the brand without having tried any of their items, but yeah… just sayin’!


[email protected] May 9, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Lol. I can see and somewhat agree with the line of thought: lululemon –> yoga –> vegetarian/vegan. But I also gotta say I love my lululemon pants :p although of course I would never wear them to work or anything. You should give them a try ;)


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