Unless you buy large portions directly from a farm, it's difficult to find a convenient and economical way to get fresh, local meat for your table. Levi Gordon, a local farm manager with 15 years of livestock experience, decided to do something about that.
"What we're missing in our area is a professional butcher shop where folks can buy locally raised, quality meats for their own tables," he said.
So Gordon assembled a team of expert butchers, made arrangements with local suppliers, and established The Vermont Butcher Shop in Londonderry.
A visit to the shop is a step back in time. On display are large cuts of beef, pork, lamb and poultry. Customers can watch as a white-aproned butcher expertly works a full side of beef, see bacon freshly sliced to order, and learn the best way to prepare a lamb cut for dinner.
This is how Americans used to buy their meats - from a butcher who would hand-cut quality meat to the customer's specifications, wrap it in old-fashioned butcher paper, and give expert advice on how to best prepare it.
"My hope is that everyone will try our locally-raised meats, because then they will think twice about buying mass-produced meat wrapped in plastic on a Styrofoam tray," Gordon said.
Expert butchers are on-hand provide advice, custom hand-cutting, and superior service.
The Vermont Butcher Shop is located at 2167 North Main Street (Route 11) in Londonderry. The shop is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.