I first learned about The Heart and Trotter in October 2013 when a friend on Facebook shared a link to the company’s Kickstarter page. At the time, the idea of a local and sustainable butcher shop was just a dream and the owners, James Holtslag and Trey Nichols needed community support to get the business started. As a foodie and a lover of all things local, I signed up and eagerly waited for updates and information on the opening of the shop.
Fast forward to March 2015 and meat eaters rejoiced when The Heart and Trotter finally opened their doors for business. And what a beautiful site it was! The shop is clean and simple, which two large cases displaying some of the most deliciously awesome meats from local farmers. The beef is a brilliant red that you don’t find in grocery stores, the pork is pretty in pink with generous layers of fat marbling the meat, and the chicken is out of this world.
The most amazing part of The Heart and Trotter is that it is a whole animal butcher shop. That’s right. They receive a whole animal, which is butchered in-house by master craftsman. Not only are you purchasing meat that was raised locally using sustainable methods, from farmers that have a direct relationship with the Heart and Trotter, you are also supporting a store that utilizes all pieces of the animal, minimizing waste. Talk about knowing your butcher!
If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and pay a visit to James, Trey and the rest of the team at The Heart and Trotter. I have not been disappointed with any of the meat that I’ve purchased, and I know you won’t, either!