WESTPORT, Conn. — Old-school meat market meets thoroughly modern foodie haven when M.EAT Organic Beef & Provisions opens its doors downtown in June.
The new butchery setting up shop in Bedford Square will specialize in 100 percent organic beef and lamb from the world’s largest meat-producing countries, including Uruguay, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia.
M.EAT will focus on healthful, flavorful, quality meats that fit today’s educated and enthusiastic food lifestyles. From ribeye, flank steak and brisket to rack of lamb, leg and shoulder, all means will be hand butchered to the customer’s liking.
Additional market highlights include a burger bar where customers can choose their own grind of meat types, fat content and flavor profiles, as well as a variety of organic cheeses and produce to accompany that perfect burger.
Provisions run the gamut from grilling and seasoning products to cooking aids.
M.EAT will also carry domestic organic meat, as well as ingredients from Connecticut’s local farmers and artisans.
M.EAT believes in the nurturing of animals in their natural environment where Mother Nature guarantees a 100 percent certified organic product.
From field to table, the primary meat source is Uruguay, located in the South American Pampas ,where more than 80 percent of its territory is dedicated to livestock. The breathtaking terrain is where each animal lives in the open air all year round and has a pasture space equivalent to two soccer fields.
Uruguayan production and export of beef is a 400-year-old business, and the country exports two-thirds of its meat throughout the world.
Uruguay’s traceability practices are mandatory and one of the strictest and most progressive in the world, ensuring that consumers, and butchers, know exactly where their beef comes from and how it was raised. Every producer takes part in this traceability system — from the farmer with just two cows to those with 2,000, or even 20,000 head of cattle.
The beef is butchered, packaged, refrigerated and transported by ship and arrives in the U.S. within 30 days. During the course of importing the maturation process occurs, contributing to the tenderness of the beef.
M.EAT comes to Connecticut by way of Fair Trade International, Inc. and is a member of the Organic Trade Association as well as the Meat Importers Council of America (MICA).
M.EAT Organic Beef & Provisions will open at 29 Church Lane. For more information, visit www.meatprovisions.com .