There was a lot of discussion a few weeks ago about being able to buy Tri Tip outside of California. I like Tri Tip and decided to see if I could locate some in the Lancaster, PA area.
I was finally successful at Shady Maple Market. I contacted the meat manager and he looked into it. He agreed to buy a case from their supplier and let me take what I'd like and then sell the rest as Tri Tips (if there was a demand) or cut them into steaks. His case consisted of 4 cryovac packages with 6 Tri Tips in each. He had quoted me a price of $5.09 per pound for the USDA Choice (untrimmed) cuts. I decided to take 2 of the packages (12 Tri Tips total) and he lowered the price to $4.59 per pound.
I asked about how others could get some and he would be happy to order for anyone. Just give him a call and let him know what you want. His name is Bob Zdradzinski at 800-238-7363 extension 657 or firstname.lastname@example.org The web page for the market is: http://www.shady-maple.com/farm-market/
I also was called back by the meat manager at Stauffers market in our area and they also have some for me for $5.99 per pound. I'll be picking these up in a few days. These may be trimmed and worth the extra cost.
I checked with Costco also but they have ordered them in the past and couldn't sell them so they won't order any more.
I'll be cooking one tonight for dinner.