How affordable is meat direct from the farm?
Changing the way we shop has been enlightening for me in a lot of ways. I am thankful for that, and I am thankful to have the opportunity to talk about it (Mr Fresh is not really terribly interested!). I hope you find it interesting and useful. This week I am continuing on the topic of skipping the supermarket.
A common question I have been getting is –
Is buying meat from the farm more expensive?
Read on for my thoughts on this…..
I have discovered a family owned farm close by that “is managed using traditional farming techniques with an emphasis on the continued sustainability of the land and its production.” The farm boasts a new, purpose built facility on the property with a qualified butcher who will personally prepare your order.
Next: The Quality & Service
My family has found it to be worthwhile change. The quality of the meat ordered to date has been outstanding. As an example – I have a recipe I make often in the cool weather for Lamb Saag. It requires the meat to be slowly simmer for a couple of hours. The quality of the meat I ordered was so good that the meat was falling apart after 1 hour of cooking!
The customer service I have experienced has been excellent. I spent many years in retail management and nothing annoys me more than terrible customer service. If I receive bad service I never return to the business.
Then: The Cost
Is it more expensive to purchase meat in this way? My experience is No – I don’t think it is.
This is what I ordered, the meals I made and the number of adult serves from the meals. Click on the image if you find it difficult to read.
The total cost of the order was $119.23 and the number of serves 40. This equates to $2.98 per serve.
There were obviously other ingredients added to each meal, in addition to the meat but the low cost of the meat per serve really surprised me.
We travelled into the Queen Victoria Market & shopped at the local butchers as a back up
I place an order once a month, it is delivered to my door
I earn credits towards my next purchase with each order
We save close to 3 hours of travel time (not to be under-estimated with two small children who dislike being confined)
The quality of the meat is superior
I can make a phone call to the farm and ask questions or give feedback
In My World:
I am sure that these things could be considered shallow things to be thankful for in the blogging world this week.
In our little family, and to my local community, I would like to think that the small changes we are making will make some kind of a difference. Reducing consumption, supporting local producers, growing as much as possible in my garden, reducing waste, and feeding my family unprocessed fresh food are things at the top of my list at the moment and things I am thankful I can effect a change in. They are not earth shatteringly amazing or inspiring, just things I believe in and like to share.
Have a read and ponder what you are thankful for this week.
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