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Welcome to the Meat Riot!Farm to Fork Meat is a member's only Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Each week you can order fresh, local and ethically produced meat, seafood, produce, cheese, coffee and much more a la carte. We serve the Raleigh, Cary and the surrounding area in NC. Farming Practices: All our food is antibiotic & chemical free and is raised in natural habitats on natural clean feed and then processed in USDA approved processing facilities. Our produce is tested several times a month by the NCDA to ensure that there is no chemical residue in any of our food.
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is a way for the food buying public to enter into a relationship with a farm, receiving a share of the harvest. Typically, to become a member (also called shareholder or subscriber) people make a financial commitment for an entire season. This effort represents a formal mechanism for supplying meats that are raised locally, ethically, sustainably, and humanely. In typical meat CSAs, members receive monthly packages containing items such as roasts, ground meat, a few chops or steaks and soup bones. Some farmers may then offer some optional shares of additional items such as sausages & other value added products.
What is a 3rd party, modified CSA?
This type of CSA allows the food buying public to buy items weekly a la carte, selecting items as you would in a grocery store. The difference is that in a typical CSA, members receive an equal portion of all items that is divided as equally and fairly as possible, there are either very limited or no choices in items that are received.
What is the objective of Farm to Fork Meat?
The objective of this CSA program is to offer the best local ethical sustainably raised foods all year round to the community from within their hunting range as conveniently as possible. Our goal is to do this while keeping the farmers, ranchers and anglers who work hard to provide these real food products in business while keeping REAL FOOD on our tables! NO FARMS, NO FOOD!
What are the options, costs and benefits of being a member?
Commit to a $20 annual Membership Fee and a $25 Monthly CSA fee. The Membership fee is due upon sign up and then again every January 1st. This fee pays for our membership with the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, produce boxes, egg cartons, coolers, freezers and generally anything required to help store and transport goods safely to you each week.
The Monthly CSA fee of $25 ($6.25 per week) is exclusive of your weekly purchases. This is the money I earn to manage the CSA program. If you save one month's worth of your grocery bills to review you will see that you are already paying this amount of money (often you are paying even more) in sales tax when purchasing food every week. This fee allows me to keep low-to-no margins on the farm fresh food I deliver each week so you can buy these nutrient dense foods while supporting our sustainable local farms every week.
- Commit to a minimum $10 weekly purchase
- Order a la carte from our weekly offerings
- Receive meat consistently year round, including premium cuts and value-added products (deli cuts, hot dogs, sausages)
- Receive accessibility to special products such as heritage pasture raised turkeys and pastured Christmas ducks
- Earn first right of refusal on membership renewal every January 1st
What are some of the menu offerings?
- Seasonal Produce: Michelle's Fruits, Backwoods Berries, Moore's Fresh Fruits and Veggies and Big John Farmer's Corn and Strawberries come to us chemical free and beyond organic. Their fruits and veggies are tested several times a month by NCDA for chemical residue and have always tested clean.
- Pastured Pork- GMO FREE, SOY FREE, MILK FED
- Grass fed meats (beef, lamb, veal, goat)
- Value added GRASS FED meats (deli cuts, hot dogs, sausages)
- Seafood (Premium 1-3 day trip hook and line/spear/trawl net caught NC seafood)
- Pasture raised SOY FREE-GMO FREE chicken and duck eggs
- Grass Fed rBGH FREE Dairy (creamline milk, heavy cream, yogurt, buttermilk, sourcream, butter and ice cream)
- Limited Bread (local fresh-baked bread without yeast, oil or sugar)
- Nutrient Dense, Sugar Free, Chemical & SOY FREE Gluten Free Baked Goods using all our local raw honey and beyond organic fruits and nuts.
- Locally roasted Fair Trade and Organically Certified Coffees, Teas and Rooibos
- Raw cheeses *seasonal*
- SigNATURE Suds- SOY FREE-GMO FREE-PETROLEUM FREE soaps, lotions, beauty products, detergents and household cleaners.
- COCONUT - cream concentrate, oil, crystals, aminos, flour and vinegar.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil directly from a farm in Greece that is bottled right here in our NC mountains, Moonmother Medicinal Truffles, Sprouted Nut Butters, Calcium Bentonite Clay and so much more.
How do I order & pay?
Sign up to become a member and order online. The online store is only open on FRIDAY from NOON until SUNDAY at NOON. The online store reopens on Sunday for LIMITED SALES ONLY and remains open until 9am on Monday. *Note* All of our meats and seafood are sold per packet, NOT PER POUND. We list weights to give you an idea of how much you can expect to receive, but because of the way in which we distribute the farm fresh foods, or wild caught seafood, we average the cuts from each fish, each steer, each hog, each lamb, each batch of chickens, etc.
How does delivery/pick-up work?
For food-safety reasons, and to comply with meat handling licensure laws, items will need to be picked up, not dropped off on your porch.
Where are the pick up locations and when do I need to pick up my order?
You are able to select a pick up location most convenient for your schedule or set up a home delivery account for an additional fee.
- North Raleigh Farm to Fork Meat Market, Near Falls of Neuse and Durant Road, North Raleigh, Wednesday, Noon-1:30pm & 3:30-7:00p.m. Call for directions.
- Oak City Crossfit Gym, 1317 Hodges Street, Raleigh, Wednesday, 4pm - 7pm Oak City Crossfit Gym will not hold our products overnight. You must pick up between the hours specified or forfeit the order.
- Sip...a wine store ,1059 Darrington Dr., Cary, Wednesday, 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. Sip...a wine store will not hold our products overnight. You must pick up between the hours specified or forfeit the order.
- Cary Whole Foods, in Waverly Place, Thursday, 2:00 - 9:00 p.m. Whole Foods will not hold our products overnight. You must pick up between the hours specified or forfeit the order.
You can request more information on the Home Delivery Service when you sign up.
How is the meat preserved for pick up each week from the farms?
We are proud to offer meats that are fresh frozen and vacuum sealed the day of processing for day old freshness anytime you open your package. Our seafood is fresh, never frozen. There are no additives such as sulfites or other preservatives added to our meats or seafood.
Are there bye-weeks or breaks in delivery?
There are no deliveries the week of July 4th or the weeks following Easter, Christmas and the New Year. There is one week in the fall when deliveries are not made around my daughter's death anniversary. The membership receives a calendar of the breaks at the beginning of each year or when you first sign up so you can plan ahead. If you need time off, please let Niti know.
What are the basic CSA rules and common courtesies for conscious consumption?
- Orders are due by 9 am on Monday. If the $10 minimum purchase amount for the week is not met, you will be charged a $10 fee in its place. You can avoid fees by placing weekly orders before the on-line store closes.
Dealing with meat is challenging. There are only a handful of meat CSAs in the whole country and we are the only a la carte meat CSA which also offers fresh line caught seafood, pasture raised local dairy, fresh baked breads and seasonal produce. Most of the other ones are only beef (or beef and lamb), giving each member around 30 pounds of meat once a quarter or a half, whole or quarter animal all at one time and the consumer does not choose which cuts they get.
We ask you to be conscious when purchasing beef and pork prime cuts and try to keep a balance by also purchasing ground beef in bulk or patties and pork sausages in equal portions of the prime cuts. This does not have to happen at the same time, however if you know you enjoy steaks, please think about using equal packs of ground beef to help our CSA consume the entire animal sustainably. The same goes for pork sausages. If you enjoy pork chops, pork steaks and pork loins, please think about consuming equal packages of pork sausages also to help consume the entire animal, not just the prime cuts. We appreciate your consciousness in this effort.
Should I join this CSA?If you are interested in sourcing the cleanest most nutrient dense groceries for your family and you cook 4 or more of your meals each week, this CSA program is for you. If you are interested in supplementing clean meats for your household while shopping at a regular grocery store, you may find this program will not allow you to manage your budget. If you have made a lifestyle change already or are interested in changing your lifestyle to one where you are cooking and not wasting money on pre-made meals using imitation ingredients or junk food, this CSA is for you. I do not suggest vegetarians join because I actually have yet to meet a vegetarian who eats anything but grains and dairy products. If you can consume 2 half bushel boxes or more of vegetables- this CSA is for you! However I don't know any vegetarians who actually eat VEGETABLES! If you are vegan this program is not for you. Veganism is not a natural human diet and it results in muscular degeneration, disease and sterility. If you want to support your local economy and boost your health by strengthening your immune system while eating nutrient dense grass fed and pasture raised meats, rare sustainably caught seafood, sustainably raised local seasonal fruits & veggies and pasture raised GMO FREE and rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone) FREE dairy products available to manage optimal health, THIS CSA IS FOR YOU!