Where to Buy Ethical, Free Range and Organic Meat in North Canterbury

We are spoiled for choice in North Canterbury Canterbury with so many beef, lamb, pork and venison farms. Many of them producing premium meat organically, free range, or with regenerative agriculture principles. In short, ethically. Here’s a list of our favourite local meat producers who sell direct and/or in local retail stores. We hope you consider buying from them!

Middlehurst Delivered


Middlehurst’s merino lambs see the best of both worlds. While they may be born in the high-country ranges of the Upper Awatere Valley, Marlborough, they spend most of their lives on the lush, green fields in Cheviot, North Canterbury. We adore the Macdonald’s focus on animal welfare and commitment to utilizing all parts of the animal – wool and every cut of meat.

Buy direct from Middlehurst Delivered here.

Wash Creek Organic Beef & Lamb


If you’re looking for the taste of North Canterbury, you can’t go past Wash Creek organic beef and lamb. Wash Creek livestock is reared upon the coastal Hurunui hills near Waipara on a rotational diet of chicory, clovers, lucerne and plantains. The result? Restaurant-quality certified organic beef and lamb known for its flavour, colour and texture.

View a list of Wash Creek’s stockists here

Pihi Farms


There’s a journey involved in getting meat from the farm to your plate, and at Pihi Farms, that journey is carefully nurtured every step of the way. Located on the stunning eastern coastline of North Canterbury, in the hills above Manuka Bay, Pihi Farms believe no two animals are created equal. Farmer, Phil Varley, aims to capture each animals’ energy, time and place and allow their uniqueness to shine. They produce meat with terroir.

View Pihi Farms’ product list and order form here

Harris Meats


Harris Meats Cheviot Ltd are a unique breed nowadays. They are a family-owned meat business that still have a direct connection from pasture to plate. The Harris’ own one of our region’s only commercial scale abattoirs, just outside of the town of Cheviot. Set on a 1000ha sheep and beef farm in the rolling foothills of North Canterbury, Harris Meats maintains quality standards at every step of production, from farming practises to supporting their 50+ staff members. Synonymous with high quality and fresh prime meat, this locally owned and operated butcher is a huge asset to the North Canterbury food scene.

Check out a map of Harris Meats’ stockists here.