WHAT IS THE MEAT HOOK, EXACTLY?
The existential question of "What we will do with our lives?" is a pretty hard one to answer. Luckily, through a series of happy accidents, Brent Young and Benjamin Turley ended up with the unlikely solution of owning a butcher shop. While they weren’t exactly sure how they were going to pull off opening a shop, both Ben and Brent did know what they wanted it to be: fun, unpretentious, accessible and, most importantly, financial sustainable.
While finance never sounds especially romantic, it takes more than good feelings and high moral ideals to save the world. At The Meat Hook we are really in the business of paying our farmers and to that end we strive each and every day to simply do it right. From chatting up regulars at the counter to visiting the farms we source from, everything we do is for the purpose of properly representing our farmers' hard work, deep knowledge, and quality animals. Without these outstanding and truly skilled men and women, we're just another bunch of jerks selling pork chops. We never forget that.
YOUR FOOD DOLLAR AT THE MEAT HOOK
The best way to understand the difference between spending your money at our shop and the supermarket is to look at how much of every dollar you spend ends up in the hands of the farmer who raises your meat.
When you buy a family pack of steaks at your neighborhood chain store, about 11 cents of each dollar you spend goes to the farmer. Where does the rest go? Multi-national corporations, out-of-state distributors, giant packing houses, and all manner of middle men in the complex supply chain that brings that package of meat, thousands of miles from where it was raised, onto the shelves, and into your hands.
At The Meat Hook, 32 cents of every dollar (roughly 300% more) goes directly to our farmers, giving them a financial incentive to continue to properly raise local animals on pasture. Where does the rest go? Not only does it go towards small, local, family-owned slaughterhouses and trucking companies that bring the animals from slaughter to our door, but also necessary evils like our rent and taxes. Last but not least, your dollar also goes toward our employees, who make The Meat Hook worth shopping at.
The important thing here is that all of this dollar (well, except the part that goes to pay federal taxes) stays in our local economy creating more and better jobs. Ultimately, we hope that it leads to more people who want to buy local meat.