Monday, June 8, 2009

There's a new butcher in town.

Finally!!! We have a butcher peddling meat over at Chelsea Market. Dickson's Farmstand Meats, is moving in. Started by Jake Dickson, the company brings together small meat farmers and makes them available to the hungry public. The product just has to meet a few criteria:
  • The entire supply chain (farm to slaughterhouse to point-of-sale) must be no more than 400 miles long.
  • Animal based feeds, prophylactic antibiotics or added hormones are not administered at any point of the animal’s life.
  • The animals from which our meat comes must spend their life on the farm - no CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) or feedlots.
In addition, Jake makes it possible to "get to know" the source of your burger. On his website, he lays out the farmers that supply him, with a description and map location with the farm-to-market mileage listed. All this is just fine and good, but here's the kicker: the meat is delicious!
I always shop conscientiously; keeping in mind the environment and ethics, but as a chef,I must admit, sometimes the goal is simply to find what is the best product. Dickson's does both.
They will be selling their meat in front of their future home in the Chelsea Market from Thursdays to Saturdays. Come by and check it out!
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