As you all know we opened the butcher shop last fall and have been working on filling backer orders starting with in Vermont.
We just passed another milestone: our Food Safety Assessment review. This was originally supposed to happen in early January but the inspectors were back logged so that happened several months later than expected but that's now done.
Next we finish up the validation period which proves the process.
Then I'll be applying to the USDA for federal inspection so we can ship across state lines. They have cautioned me that they are back logged so it may take several months once we do the USDA inspection application. Based on many discussions with them we should have that by late summer and then we'll be able to start shipping to backers in states outside Vermont. By then I also anticipate all the Vermont backers will have their packages.
Thank you for all your help and patience!