Looking for Meat?

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If you’ve visited a grocery store lately, you’ve noticed the meat cases are sparse at best. Davidson County is blessed to have several local farms that have meat products available for sale. There are a few options for purchasing meat. Several of our producers have their Meat Handlers License and are able to sell retail cuts of meat (like you would find in the grocery store). Others will be able to sell you a whole animal, half, or even a quarter. The price for even a quarter may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but pricing is cheaper per pound in the long run. We understand that the increased payment upfront may increase your financial burdens, so who can you partner with (family, neighbors) if you need to purchase in bulk?

An empty freezer should hold a 1/4 of beef. Watch this video for more information. Most local producers sell 1/4 “by the bulk box” so that you get all the available cuts divided by 4.

Here is a list of local farms that have meat for sale. Check back often as farmers are updating their information.

Also, you can visit the MeatSuite website. MeatSuite is an online bulk meat marketing tool sponsored by NC Choices, an initiative of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems in collaboration with N.C. Cooperative Extension. MeatSuite helps you find locally produced, high-quality meats and find your local farmer. NC Choices promotes sustainable food systems through the advancement of local, niche, and pasture-based meat supply chain in North Carolina.

If you have additional questions, please email Sara Drake, Livestock Extension Agent.