Local meat delivery service set to increase distribution starting January
Local sustainable meat delivery service announces 30 new subscriber openings starting in January
The Larder Meat Company, a meat subscription box service similar to a vegetable CSA, recently announced an expansion of its subscriber network and have opened an additional 30 spaces for new subscribers starting in January 2017. The company is co-owned by local chef Jensen Lorenzen and his wife, Grace. Larder Meat Company offers monthly subscription boxes filled with locally curated assortments of chicken, pork and beef sourced directly from several small Central Coast farms. The company launched in June of this year.
“Our mission is to make it as easy as possible to provide families with locally sourced and humanely raised meat,” says Grace Lorenzen. “As members of the Larder Meat Co. our customers help support local ranchers and the local economy while feeding their family naturally raised meats.” The company sources meats from small ranchers in San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County, including Winfield Farm in Buellton which is owned by Lorenzen’s uncle. Additionally, Larder Meat Company sources meats from Swan Family Angus, Adelaida Springs Ranch, and Tablas Creek Vineyard in Paso Robles, Stepladder Ranch in Cambria, and Riconada Dairy in Santa Margarita.
The Larder Meat Company has sustainable and organic standards for sourcing their meats. “Not all of our products are Certified Organic,” says Lorenzen, “Certified Organic is a regulated term that is not a cost effective measure for many smaller farmers and ranchers. We believe in a sustainable ‘Local Food Economy’ and believe this philosophy must extend to the economics of the farm itself. Our sources are ranchers who believe in responsible animal husbandry practices, far beyond those legally protected terms identified by the USDA such as Certified Organic.”
Their sustainable sourcing standards ensure customers are buying from ranchers who care how their animals are being raised and care about providing their communities with the best meat the local area has to offer. The company purchases whole animals from ranchers and Chef Jensen Lorenzen personally divides them equally as “shares” between subscribers.
Two box sizes are available for subscribers to choose from including the “Small Larder Box” for $149, or the “Large Larder Box” for $199 per month. The large box weighs 13-14lbs and is intended to be a one month supply of locally raised meat for a family size of 2-6 people. Their boxes are delivered free of charge to any residence or business in California. Each box also contains recipes, spice packets and other seasonal ingredients.
“Larder” is a term classically used to describe a food pantry. To learn more about the Larder Meat Company and to subscribe, visit www.lardermeatco.com.