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Butcher offers online meat buys

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

By Ted Whipp, The Windsor Star

Area butcher Jamie Waldron has organized a web-based, bulk purchase program for consumers to buy meat from area farmers.

The aim is to support local food and agriculture by attracting enough orders from customers to buy shares or packages of 20 pounds of meat from lamb, pork and beef farmers. They're based in Essex County, and Waldron uses a farm supplier near Hamilton for air-chilled chicken.

Delivery arrangements are made with customers to pick up purchases at New Song Church, 993 Drouillard Rd.

"It's been very positive," Waldron said. He follows food safety rules and guidelines, so meat is properly handled, inspected and delivered.

"It's all done at a provincial abattoir," Waldron said.

The high-quality meat is sealed and packaged and the savings are substantial when buying in bulk.

"I go out and I know these farms. I know what they're doing."

Using the web for business instead of a bricks and mortar location and working directly with farmers helps with operating costs, he said. Waldron's business, J. Waldron Quality Local Meats, can be contacted online at jamiewaldron.com

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