It’s been almost a year since I’ve posted to this blog. In that time a lot has changed for me which caused me to take a step back from cooking, and spend my energies in other areas. I have been working full time in a butcher shop in Hants County since June. I’ve been learning how to butcher meat as well as the many other aspects of the local meat industry.
Before I started working there, meat was a total mystery to me. I knew about the cuts that I liked but that was essentially the extent. Sometimes I’d read about a new cut in a cooking magazine or on a blog that I’d try but the how the where and the why were pretty much a mystery. I continued working at the Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, selling vegetables, and talking to my customers about the things I was learning throughout the week. I quickly realized that most people knew little and less then I did about the industry and that there are a lot of people who are interested in learning.
This past Saturday I opened up my own Butcher Stall at Alderney Market, where I sold pork and beef from Rocky Knoll Farm in Rawdon, Hants County, NS. By selling meat in Dartmouth, I’m hoping to achieve two things; 1) to give the people of Dartmouth a locally sourced meat vendor and 2) to use it as a place to help educate people on the realities of local meat. To help people understand where their meat REALLY comes from.
This web space is going to be one of the mediums that I use to help share that information. The look and feel of this blog will slowly change to discuss personal opinions and experiences of the food industry and although will still have some recipe submissions, the bulk of the content will change to relate the information I’m learning on a daily basis.
Check back on a regular basis for stories, information, experiences and the occassional recipe on what’s going on in our local food industry. You can also check out my Vessel Meats facebook page, at Alderney Farmer’s Market on Saturdays or on twitter @vesselmeats.
See you at the Market!