|Photo by M.EAT Provisions|
Meat-eaters, have I got an enticing bite of news for you! M.EAT Organic Beef + Provisions is opening this June in Westport’s new retail, residential, and dining hub, Bedford Square.
M.EAT specializes in providing the highest quality beef and lamb from Uruguay, Argentina, New Zealand, and Australia. Think of it as an old-school meat market with new school fundamentals, focused on healthful, flavorful, quality meats. The primary meat source for M.EAT is Uruguay and while I always prefer to source locally first, organic is a close second and I’m intrigued by the very stringent system they have in Uruguay.
|Photo courtesy of M.EAT Provisions|
Uruguay is located in the South American Pampas, where more than 80% of its territory is dedicated to livestock. Each animal lives in the open air all year round and has a pasture space equivalent to two soccer fields. Uruguay’s traceability practices are mandatory and one of the strictest and most progressive in the world, ensuring that consumers, and butchers, know exactly where their beef comes from and how it was raised. Every single producer takes part in this traceability system – from the farmer with just two cows to those with 2,000 or even 20,000 head of cattle, and it is paid for entirely by the state. The beef is butchered, packaged, refrigerated, and transported by ship and arrives in the US within 30 days.
At M.EAT they hand butcher all the cuts to order. The market will also have a burger bar where you can choose your own grind of meat types, fat content, and flavor profiles, as well as a variety of organic cheeses and produce to accompany that perfect burger. Provisions run the gamut from grilling and seasoning products to kitchen equipment and cooking aids. M.EAT will also carry domestic organic meat and chicken, as well as ingredients from CT’s local farmers and artisans.
M.EAT comes to Connecticut by way of Fair Trade International, Inc. and is a member of the Organic Trade Association as well as the Meat Importers Council of America (MICA).
I definitely plan to check them out when I am down in that neck of the woods.
M.EAT Organic Beef & Provisions
29 Church Lane, Westport