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Meat delivered from the farm

Meat delivery

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…..

Firstly:The Background

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.

Meat Order

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.

Previously…..

We travelled into the Queen Victoria Market & shopped at the local butchers as a back up

Now……

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.

Thank you Kate for the opportunity to link up to Thankful Thursday at Kate Says Stuff again this week

Have a read and ponder what you are thankful for this week.

Kyrstie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Aroha @ Colours of Sunset April 12, 2012, 7:52 am

    WOW. That is amazing. Definitely not more $ than the grocery store and so many better benefits. I wonder if I could find a place near the Gold Coast that does the same thing. Where would I start looking?

    • Kyrstie April 12, 2012, 11:12 am

      I just googled farm meat delivery and my suburb, did some reading on the farm to see if it was the type of place I was interested in supporting and gave it a go. Good luck!

  • katesaysstuff April 12, 2012, 8:07 am

    I think it is brilliant to be supporting local farmers. I’d love to find something like this available to me. I’m a fan of buying meat in bulk once another both for financial and organizational reasons and need to get back in that habit.

    I was hearing just yesterday about a company called paddock to plate who (if you are on land and have stock) come and slaughter your stock, leave their van thingy for the meat to hang however long then come back and butcher it for you. I’m going to find out if this is available where we are moving as it would definitely change my mind on having a few sheep. Doesn’t get more home grown than that!

    • Kyrstie April 12, 2012, 11:10 am

      That sounds like a great service Kate. It would be great to have the space to have animals.
      I do wonder how attached I would get to them though and if practically I could make it as a farmer!

  • Laney @ Crash Test Mummy April 12, 2012, 9:12 am

    Love this idea! We are thinking of having a cow butchered but having trouble finding someone who will do it. Do you have the details of the farm you order from? Maybe they could do it for us? Will also ask Kate about the company she mentioned.

    • Kyrstie April 12, 2012, 11:06 am

      Thanks Laney, I saw some of your farm pics. You are lucky to be able to do that! I hope you find someone who can help you out.

  • Miss Piggy April 12, 2012, 10:46 am

    I would (and do) happily pay more to support small farmers who are growing free-range meat. Supporting good animal welfare in farming is money well spent I think. Plus it just tastes better.

    • Kyrstie April 12, 2012, 11:18 am

      Well put Miss Piggy. I agree. The flavor is outstanding I have been really surprised by just how different the taste is.

  • Rhianna April 12, 2012, 10:53 am

    Oh wow that is fantastic. I would love the opportunity to do this. We do have small local butchers here. The product is superior but it does cost more. So glad you are finding things that work for you though

    • Kyrstie April 12, 2012, 11:03 am

      Thanks Rhianna, it does taste so much better we have been amazed at the difference.

  • Happylan April 12, 2012, 4:11 pm

    We would need a separate freezer to do this – I can see it being possible in the future but not right now. That said, growing up we had fresh meat from my grandfather’s hobby farm and oh my the difference in taste! I miss “real” meat.

    • Kyrstie April 12, 2012, 9:29 pm

      Hi, thanks for visiting. You may be surprised by the space required… The place I buy from vaccuum seals so the meat takes up minimal space in the freezer or fridge. Minimum orders are not high so you can order for a few weeks at time quite easily 🙂

  • Laura April 12, 2012, 4:12 pm

    We do alot of our fresh produce shopping from our local farmers market – it is awesome and so much cheaper.

    Some of the meat is cheaper and we buy our chickens from there as they are free range and free from all the rubbish they pump into them!

    • Kyrstie April 12, 2012, 9:31 pm

      Local farmers markets are a great way to discover good local producers. I am still to find a good place to get chicken..

  • Jodie April 24, 2012, 12:32 pm

    Just reading this today – I now have a bit of time up my sleeve thanks to the curry we made for dinner this morning!!! I have tried this before through a friend but we could only order 1/8 1/4 or 1/2 cow – so all we ended up overloaded with sausages! I might try your guy : ) LOVE LOVE LOVE the delivery to the door – young kiddies definately add time and money to an “outing to the shops!” Thanks Again!

    • Kyrstie April 27, 2012, 9:06 am

      No problem! We have ordered many times now and the meat is fabulous quality let me know if you want the details.

  • Bianca May 14, 2012, 2:05 pm

    Hi Kyrstie
    We are moving soon to the outskirts of Geelong and one thing I am planning on doing is eating more fresh local produce and less processed foods. I was wondering if you could share the name of the farm meat company you are using? Thanks

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