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Be a part of southern Maine's first whole animal butcher shop and fill the gap between locally, humanely raised animals and your plate.
Be a part of southern Maine's first whole animal butcher shop and fill the gap between locally, humanely raised animals and your plate.
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After years of planning, researching, planning, chances of fate, planning and a little luck, we are in the final stages of preparation to open our location in Kittery, Maine. The funds raised by this campaign will go directly to the purchase of equipment needed to outfit the shop and to open our doors. This includes: deli cases, slicers, grinders, butcher blocks, freezers, band saws, hack saws and, perhaps, a knife or two.

Also funded by this campaign are two, custom built walk-ins. One is the typical walk-in cooler that you may have seen in a restaurant's kitchen and the other... well, the other is a custom built curing room. That's right, we are going to cure some of our fresh, locally sourced meat into things like: salami, pancetta, prosciutto, coppa and many other traditional, old-world recipes that Jarrod learned while in Italy. These walk-ins must be custom built as they will be housed in our basement and face height and space restrictions. Why the basement? The basement is a natural choice to house them as it is great for curing as it helps us to more sustainably maintain and regulate temperature.

At MEat we believe that farms are the fiber of our community and that while many people have the desire to support them, they simply have little or no access to do so.  

This is where you come in! By being a part of the MEat family, you will become part of the solution. You will ensure that farmers have a year round, viable and constant outlet for their product and will eliminate a bottleneck that has kept local meat out of our kitchens for far too long.

We want you to know where the animal was raised, what it ate, what it didn't (no chemicals, hormones, etc.) who the farmer is and how much care went into the finished product.  Heck, we'd love for you to shake their hand!

By supporting our project you will be supporting our farmers, our community, and you and your family.

Risks and challenges

In opening a business such as ours there are many obstacles to overcome. Our two biggest initial risks are product supply and construction. We have worked with our farmers over the past few months to ensure our supply of meat, however, nature is uncontrollable. We have done everything within our power to guarantee that we will have a steady stream of product from reliable and talented farmers and, at this point, we are confident that we will be able to keep up with, and most importantly, grow with demand.

While we have contracted the best local craftsmen, delays are a natural evil that may occur during the course of progress. We hope to have a soft opening in mid June to allow enough time for construction and any unforeseen obstacles that could potentially occur.

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    A $50 Pledge reward plus a reusable, insulated (to keep your meat cool) grocery bag.

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    A $100 Pledge reward plus the "Butcher's Breakfast" consisting of a pound each of locally sourced bacon and sausage in addition to a dozen local, farm fresh eggs. Breakfast needs to be pre-ordered and picked up.

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    A $100 Pledge reward plus a generous charcuterie platter that will be ready just in time for the holidays! This pick up only ensemble will include a combination of cured meats, terrines and smoked meats.

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    A $100 Pledge reward plus a locally sourced-you-will-never-go-back-Thanksgiving-or-Christmas-turkey! Meat must be pre-ordered and picked up. Turkey orders must be placed at least 3 weeks prior.

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    A $100 Pledge reward plus a 3 month CSA (Charcuterie Satisfies All) membership. This is our Triple Threat package that includes house made sausage, house cured salami and house made pate/terrine that will be available for pick up only. The CSA will be ready just in time for the busy holiday season and would be a fantastic addition to your festive spread or would make a succulent gift!

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    A $100 Pledge reward plus an invitation to join us in celebrating the soft opening of MEat with our friends and family. Guaranteed to be a boisterous, joy filled evening surrounded by loved ones, the love of eating well and YOU!

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    A $100 Pledge reward plus a 6 month CSA (Charcuterie Satisfies All) membership. Similar to our Triple Threat this package really packs the punch! You will be treated to generous portions of house made pates, head cheese, terrines as well as house made, smoked treats (think kielbasa, bacon, pastrami) AND, by summer of 2015, you will be among the first to enjoy our house cured coppa, pancetta plus we will reserve you a healthy portion of our first prosciutto when ready! Please note that prosciutto will not be available prior to fall of 2015.

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    A $100 Pledge reward plus a freezer chest full to keep your family eating well all year long! Enjoy a half of a pig (snout to tail) custom cut and cryo-vac'd for your freezer! Your half o'pig must be preordered and picked up. Due to the nature of farmers raising animals for us, your half o'pig may not be avaiable until 2015.

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    A $100 Pledge reward plus a private class for you and 3 of your friends to learn the intricate art of butchery. You'll learn how to break down, debone, and prepare a half of a pig. You will eat, drink and be merry and leave with an amazing bonding experience and a trunk full of meat to boot... including BACON! Just as with above, classes may not begin until 2015 and are scheduled Sunday evenings only.

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