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 the two of us ended up with the unlikely solution of owning a butcher shop. While we weren’t exactly sure how we were going to pull off opening this shop, we did know what we wanted it to be: fun, unpretentious, accessible and most importantly, financial sustainable.
As unromantic as that last bit sounds, without making money all the good feelings and high moral ideals in the world will not save you. At The Meat Hook we are really in the business of paying our farmers. To that end we strive each and every day to simply do it right. From farm visits to pick our animals for the next month’s slaughter to chatting up regulars at the counter, everything we do is for the purpose of properly representing our farmer’s hard work, deep knowledge and quality animals. We never forget that without them we’re just another bunch of jerks selling pork chops.
YOUR FOOD DOLLAR AT THE MEAT HOOK
The best way to understand the difference between spending your money at our shop or 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 bring the package of meat in your hands thousands of miles from where it was raised.
At The Meat Hook 32 cents of every dollar (or roughly 300% more) goes directly to our farmers giving them a financial incentive to continue properly raising local animals on pasture. Where does the rest go? Small, local, family-owned slaughterhouses, our family owned trucking companies that bring the animals from slaughter to our door and to pay our rent, taxes and paying the people 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 that, hopefully, end up as more people who want to buy local meat.