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Salt & Time is opening the Butcher Shop that Austin has been waiting for. Local, sustainable, delicious and made by hand in East Austin
Salt & Time is opening the Butcher Shop that Austin has been waiting for. Local, sustainable, delicious and made by hand in East Austin
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Two and a half years ago, SALT & TIME started as a small, artisan salumi company selling our products at Austin Farmers Markets. In that time we’ve been blown away by the response we’ve received both locally and nationally. As we have grown, our main goal has been to open a Butcher Shop that will make Austin proud. We love what we do and we love where we do it, and it is an honor for us to be able to be part of such a great food community.  We have built relationships not only with our customers, but also with the farmers we buy from and the food community at large.  With the opening of our retail Butcher Shop, those relationships will become even more meaningful as we are more fully able to fill the Butcher’s traditional role as a link between farmers and consumers.

SALT & TIME has come a long way in the last few years, and now we are on the verge of achieving our goal. Our retail Butcher Shop will allow us to greatly expand the products and services we offer our customers and to play a bigger role in our community.  We look forward to inviting food lovers into our shop to buy a roast, grab a sandwich, take a class and meet a farmer. We are so close to making all of this a reality.  We have our lease and building permits, and construction is finally underway!  We’ve also been preparing for opening by stocking prosciutto away for almost 2 years!

Prosciutto
Prosciutto

We need your help to push us over the top, to make sure that everything about our shop reflects the standards that we apply to our products.  To that end, we are working with local craftspeople to make our furniture, paint our signs, design our aprons, and to bring the spirit of Austin alive in side our doors.  Please help us make our dream a reality!

Because of the awesome response we've had and the logistics of getting everything shipped, T-shirts, sliced meat and Gift Box rewards from pledges made after December 15th will not be shipped until February 2013. Certificates for the Butcher Classes and Salumi Research Group will still be mailed on the 20th.We know that he holidays can be a hectic and expensive time of year, so most of our rewards are designed to make great gifts, whether for your loved ones or for yourself!  We will ship rewards by December 20th.   We will mail certificates for the Salumi Research Group, butchering classes and ranch tours, and will follow up with scheduling information for classes and tours.

Ben & Bryan
Ben & Bryan

A little more about SALT & TIME:

SALT & TIME is owned and operated by two butchers, Ben Runkle and Bryan Butler, who share a passion for quality and a commitment to sustainability and animal welfare.  Runkle learned to cut and cure meat in Northern California before moving to Austin in 2009.  Butler has been a butcher for over 15 years, and is a familiar face to Austinites who have shopped at Wheatsville Co-op and Fresh Plus Grocery.  Both are proud members of the Butchers’ Guild, an organization of Butchers and Chefs from around the country who share a commitment to quality, ethics and craftsmanship within our trade. Click here to read some nice things other people have said about us.

Risks and challenges

Ben and Bryan have been preparing to make this leap for well over a year. Despite ours years of experience and success to date, opening a full service retail store poses a real challenge for us. We will see exponential growth in volume and we need to make sure there is no lapse in quality. To help ensure this we’ve developed strong relationships with a network of farmers and ranchers to ensure that we will be able to get enough high quality, pastured meat and we have slowly but surely been building a staff of passionate and talented butchers and cooks. We’ll introduce you to some of them in the coming weeks, we think you’ll like them a lot!

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    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    SALT & TIME MEAT

    A pack of one of our cured meats. Butcher's choice, guaranteed to be tasty!

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    SALT & TIME T-SHIRT "Good Things Come to Those Who (add salt) and Wait."

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    SALT & TIME MEAT and T-SHIRT "Good Things Come to Those Who (add salt) and Wait." plus a pack of one of our cured meats!

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    SALT & TIME GIFT BOX

    A selection of our cured meats and mustard in a nice wood box. Makes a great gift!

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    SALT & TIME GIFT BOX and T-SHIRT "Good Things Come to Those Who (add salt) and Wait." T-Shirt and a selection of our cured meats and mustard in a nice wood box. Makes a great gift!

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    BE A SALUMI INSIDER!

    An exclusive membership in our Salumi Research Group. You will be part of an elite group of individuals who will be the first to try 6 brand new cured meats throughout 2013! Feedback is appreciated! A certificate will be mailed in December 2012 if you'd like to give this as a gift.

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    BE A SALUMI INSIDER, IN A SALT & TIME T-SHIRT!

    A SALT & TIME T-shirt and an exclusive membership in our Salumi Research Group, you will be amongst the first to try 6 new cured meat recipes throughout 2013. Feedback is appreciated! The T Shirt and a certificate will be mailed in December 2012 if you'd like to give this as a gift.

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    Pledge $275 or more About $275

    SUPER DUPER COMBO!

    A SALT & TIME T-Shirt, a Gift Box and an exclusive membership in our Salumi Research Group! T Shirt, Gift Box and a certificate will be mailed in December 2012 if you'd like to give this as a gift. (Or if you want to give part of it as a gift and keep some for yourself. We won't judge.)

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    BUTCHERING CLASS!

    A spot in a SALT & TIME Butchering Class of your choice. Options include Hog Butchering & Dry Curing Basics, Sausage Making, and more to come! Plus A Salt & Time T Shirt & Sticker.

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    CLASS & GIFT BOX

    A spot in a SALT & TIME Butchering Class of your choice. Options include Hog Butchering & Dry Curing Basics, Sausage Making, and more to come!
    Plus, a cured meats and mustard gift box and a Salt & Time T-Shirt and Sticker.

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    Pledge $1,500 or more About $1,500

    RANCH TOUR!

    A trip for two to Comanche, TX to visit some of our favorite ranchers. We'll spend the day touring their farms and learning about how they raise their animals, and we'll spend the night on the ranch sitting around the campfire and grilling meat! Lunch, Dinner and Lodging included.

    The trip will be scheduled around your availability in Spring 2013.

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    YOU ARE A MEAT GOD!
    All of the above, plus the the gratitude of meat lovers throughout Texas.

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    A SALT & TIME T-Shirt, Gift Box, membership in our Salumi Research Group, a Butchering Class of your choice and a trip for 2 to Comanche, TX.

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