Sunday, January 30, 2011

New Butcher shop-Wynooche valley meats

I wrote about some hay equipment that I purchased and in talking to them about picking it up, they mentioned that they were opening a new butcher shop on their farm as an expansion of their long-standing business of custom cutting.  I'm very interested in small meat shop operations because that's the way that a farmer can keep more of the retail dollars for their product.  Selling wholesale is a good way to go broke quickly. The closer you can get to your customer the better. 
This is a family operation all the way.  Craig (pictured above) and Rose Gallington and their children run the shop, and it's located on their farm in the Wynoochee Valley, about 10 miles north of Montesano, WA 

The shop is concrete floored, with all of the fixtures in stainless, and it's spotless.  I asked Craig if he was WSDA or USDA, and he said that he'd just had the USDA inspector over the day before, and were probably going to get USDA inspected for both slaughter and cut-and-wrap.
That means that producers in that area will be able to sell cuts of meat and directly to food establishments, and will mean a higher price for their product than if they were to sell either farm-kill (which wynoochee meats does as well) or wholesale at the auction.   Small meat shops are one of the best things that can happen to local meat producers, and I'm glad to see these guys going towards USDA slaughter. 

I wasn't there for the meat shop, I was there to get the hay equipment, and when I asked to see their shop they were glad to show me.  They were cutting up some really  nice looking beef -- yak, of all things - and it had both a good amount of marbling and the lovely yellow fat that I associate with grass fed animals. 
This is the ribeye of the yak. 
butter yellow fat -- what I usually see with grass fed beef. 
Their facility is spotless, and if you'd like to have your meat cut in a local shop and you're in their area, you'll find them at 92 old wynooche road, montesano, wa.  360-249-MEAT (6328)

They also sell their own beef and pork, as C&R Cattle.  You can't get much more local.  Just wish they weren't a 2.5 hour drive from my farm (one-way!)


Mike said...

Wow! I wish there were some facilities like that around here!

Joanne Rigutto said...

I'm in Mulino, Oregon and very, very fortunate to have a wonderful USDA inspected plant 10 minutes away from me. I'm taking a sheep over there on Thursday to be slaughtered for one of my CSA members.

Plants like these are pure gold to the small producers. And the one near me always smells so good when you walk in the door. I love how you can stand there and watch them bring in the sides on the rail and then cut/wrap them.

Kevin Kossowan said...

I can't imagine it'd be easy to set up that kind of facility - good for them.

John Aikman said...

That looks fantastic - since it looks as though they're going USDA - perhaps they should check out . Home Grown Cow - once they get going - will find customers for farmers like these guys all over the country. Support the small-scale farmer!

Anonymous said...

We had 3 beef butchered last year and bought half of a pig, everything turned out amazing! We highly reccommend this place. The owners are friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. We are looking forward to this years meat.
The Strange Family
Naselle, WA