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Veal Specials for the Month of June

Have you thought about cooking veal this summer? Well, it’s time to fire up the grill and get those tender veal chops and juicy veal burgers cooking! Our meat team is excited to bring you a special veal sale for the WHOLE month of June (in our U.S. stores only). Only two suppliers provide Whole Foods Market with veal – Strauss Free Raised and Provitello Farms, part of Mosner Family Brands. You can learn more about Strauss pasture-raised veal from this recent blog. We only sell veal that meets our quality standards for:
  • No antibiotics — ever
  • No added growth hormones*
  • No animal byproducts in feed other than cow's milk
  • Pasture-raised or group housing only; no tethering or individual crates
  • Unlimited access to grain (or grass if pasture-raised)
*Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in raising pork, poultry, goats, veal and bison. All of our U.S. stores will offer discounts on veal until the end of June — just talk to your butcher at your local Whole Foods Market meat counter for more information on special veal offers available in your area. (Discounts vary by state.) And if you need some inspiration when it comes to cooking, try this great Herb Rubbed Veal Chop recipe: 2 whole sprigs thyme 1 whole sprig fresh rosemary 1 sprig fresh sage, including stems and leaves 1 stem basil, including stems and leaves 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1/4c extra-virgin olive oil Crushed black pepper to taste 4 Ribeye or Porterhouse veal chops Roughly chop herbs and put into large sealable plastic bag. Add crushed garlic, olive oil and pepper. Next, add chops to bag and coat them well with marinade. Refrigerate in bag for two hours or up to overnight. STOVE-TOP METHOD: Remove chops from refrigerator for 30 minutes before cooking. Heat skillet on medium until hot. Remove chops from bag and salt to taste. Place chops in hot skillet and cook to desired doneness (about 5 minutes per side), until they reach an internal temperature of 160°F. GRILLING METHOD: Heat grill on medium until hot. Remove chops from bag and salt to taste. Place chops on hot grill and cook to desired doneness (about 5 minutes per side), until they reach an internal temperature of 160°F. Do you have a favorite veal recipe? We’d love to hear it.

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Lidia Turchet says …

Dear friends of WF: Your meals are super!!! the only problem is "to much...and I mean to much salt"...last week I bought chicken in there and I have to through it in the garbage since is burn my mouth. I live en Santa Rosa, CA and I can buy either on Yulupa Ave or Coddingtown area. Both places have the best but when you taste that is eating a pack of salt...If is so healthy why you don't think on people with high blood pressure or people like who doesn't eat with salt....Hope you cutting on salt more a little bid. Your friend Lidia

Bobby H says …

@Linda Johnson, Our product selection varies from store to store. Please check in with your local store directly http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/. Thanks!

Linda Johnson says …

I'm interested in buying milk fed veal- 1) Tenderloin 2) Osso Bucco 3) Scalloppini 4) Any boned and rolled roast Please let me know what you will have for available. Thank you, Linda Johnson

Pam Shah says …

I know Whole Foods sells meat BUT for some reason i never imagined that you sold VEAL!! I just found out that you do and i must say i am pretty disgusted and i doubt i would be purchasing anything from your stores from this point forward.....

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@PAM - Thank you for your comment. In our mission to offer the highest quality, freshest foods to our customers, there will inevitably be products that do not appeal to everyone, and, in the case of some products, indeed offend some people. We understand this, and we do regret that this is the case in your situation. Here are some facts about the veal that we carry: The veal we sell at Whole Foods Market is truly unique from an animal welfare standpoint. Whether raised in group housing or on pasture, our standards prohibit crates or tethers as well as the administration of antibiotics or added hormones. (The USDA prohibits the use of hormones in raising veal.) Our standards for barn-raised veal require that calves are raised in group housing with plenty of room to move around, play and rest. To be labeled “pasture-raised,” calves must remain with their mothers on a diet of mother’s milk and grass. Again, thanks for sharing your feedback.

LynnN says …

I love Whole Foods and have trusted them to stock humanely raised meat. In spite of their assurances that calves are not tethered or stuck in individual crates; I think that veal means less animal movement is allowed. I was disillusioned to see veal sold at my Whole Foods market.