Why The Butcher Shop Must Return To American Communities
Ever since the evolution of humans as omnivores, eating meat together around the fire was an important part of bonding and connection. Some of us still hunt for our own meat, but very few rely entirely on killing their own game. Many in modern day society get meat from outside sources, like grocery stores or meat delivery services. However, most communities in America have forgotten the importance that the butcher shop used to hold. As someone who has moved around a lot, I can attest to the fact that most of the places I’ve lived have lacked a butcher shop completely.
The Return Of The Old World Butcher Shop
At one time, the butcher shop was the center of a community. With the shop serving as a meeting place frequented by all, the butcher was highly respected for his ability to provide everyone in the neighborhood with the meat they needed to feed their families. His craft not only allowed him to place food on the table for his family, but for the entire community. This made the butcher shop a rock solid fixture of the neighborhood. When the meat industry moved into factory farming, a big change took place. Mass produced meat meant mass processing, entirely different from the attention and care given by a neighborhood butcher.
It’s becoming more and more talked about that the industrialization of meat is one of the biggest problems in our society. An ever increasing number of people have begun to carefully select where their meat is sourced from. Grass fed, grass finished, pasture raised - it’s only natural to prefer meat that’s raised with respect for life. But what about the way the animal is processed? We’ve always worked exclusively with small-scale butchers, often generational, who are species specific or work in small facilities. With old-world style butchers, we know that the utmost care and attention to detail is given to every cut of meat.
A Resurgence of Local Community
The return of the butcher shop to American communities is something we truly believe in. When people can associate names and faces with where meat comes from and how it’s processed, we can begin to recover a primal connection with our food that has faded from the collective consciousness. On the same wavelength, our communities can begin to create new bonds over face to face interactions and neighborhood interdependence. We envision a future where rather than becoming more and more removed from the living beings around us, we invest time and energy into real interactions with our fellow humans.
A Much Needed Return To Our Roots
It seems that these days there’s more focus than ever before on old ways of living and being that were far more attuned with our natural needs for happiness and fulfillment. Our culture has become disconnected from each other and from the earth. The solution to this problem doesn’t have to be complicated. It starts locally, at farmers markets, small businesses and community events. As we venture into the seemingly chaotic but exciting future ahead of us, it seems more important than ever to water the seeds of local food systems.
A local butcher shop can provide an entire community with a sense of connectedness and unity. These days, so many of us feel unfulfilled. There’s a compelling argument that this is due to disconnection from the world around us. Even more importantly, the community has access to a locally sourced and processed supply chain of meat - a valuable asset in the days of beef imported from China at grocery store delis. It’s time for America to get back to its roots, and for humanity to return to simple ways of being that have withstood the test of time.
Our Team Is Here To Support You
At Beck & Bulow, we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service. We’re always here to help if you have any questions regarding your meat, want help making selections, or are just looking for some cooking tips. Every time you call our office, you’ll be directly connected with one of our team members right here in Santa Fe, New Mexico where we’re based.
Every cut of meat is pressure sealed and flash frozen immediately after butchering at the peak of freshness. We work exclusively with master butchers who make every cut with care and precision. All orders are hand packed at our Santa Fe warehouse, shipped in a reusable cooler with dry ice and delivered straight to your doorstep. Check out our selections of humanely raised chicken, elk, bison, beef, lamb, wild boar and seafood.