Working With Local Farmers
We all know local food is better for you. It's fresher, flavor is just right. But when it comes to meats, local is so much more than just flavor and freshness. It's about knowing first hand the farmers practices, seeing the process from start to finish, getting the meat fresh. At Avon Prime Meats, we work with local farms that take pride in taking care of the enviroment, breeding their animals with humane standards and free of growth hormones. They work closely with their veterinarians to provide the best care for their animals. They grow in pastures and are vegetarian (grain and grass) fed.
Below we list some of our local CT farms:
Sepe Farms, located in Sandy Hook, CT. They provide us with lambs. When asked if they feed their lambs only hay in the winter: Yes, but the nutritional value of grass and hay are different, just as your vegetables have a different nutritional value depending on how they are prepared. We need to make sure the sheep get the appropriate amount of protein and other essential nutrients, and we choose to do this with grain. Flavor is also something that is important to us and to our customers. A sheep's diet makes a big difference in how the meat tastes. Meat from animals that were only grass-fed can tend to taste "gamey," and that's the biggest reason people give for not liking lamb! But our lamb is flavorful and tender.
Blue Slope Farm, from Franklin, CT. Family owned farm, raising veal and goats They also produce Maple Syrup. Visit their Musuem! They also provide recipes on their website.
Cream Hill Farm located on West Cornwall, CT. Cream Hill is a naturally raised, milk fed veal farm. Their vealers nurse directly from the farm’s own pastured and grass-fed herd and receive no hormones or growth supplements. At Cream Hill owner’s believe that only happy and healthy animals will provide a quality product. Their animals are never restrained or caged and are grown just as they were 100 years ago.
Stop by our store and ask about our local meats. Our butchers will be glad to provide the cuts you want and guide you through cooking procedures.