Red’s Recommendations: truLOCAL
If you’ve been following my blog for some time now, you’ll know that I am passionate about shopping local. Not only do I think that it is important to support local businesses, but when it come to your food, I think it is vitally important that you know it’s story, and I think that is even more important when it comes to our meat.
If you’ve watched a documentary, opened a newspaper or read an article online, you’ve surely seen some of the scary things going on behind the scenes in the meat industries. Whether it is overgrown chickens refined to cages, cattle being raised with the use of hormones or antibiotics, or factory farmed fish, there are plenty of reasons to be concerned with the quality of animal products we consume. When you buy meat in the grocery store you never truly know its story; where it came from, who raised it and how it was treated.
In an ideal world everyone would raise their own animals, but I absolutely realize that is not realistic. As a second option, I think it would be amazing if everyone knew their farmer and bought all of their meat and produce from farm to table. But once again, I realize that this is not an option for everyone. We all live busy lives; sometimes we make it to the grocery store and sometimes we don’t; some of us have access to a butcher and some of us don’t; and some of us live in the country and some of us don’t. So when I discovered truLOCAL I was incredibly pleased.
truLOCAL is an Ontario meat delivery service that offers high-end locally sourced meat products right to your door. Based in Ontario, truLOCAL works with local Ontario farmers to provide clients with access to locally sourced meats including chicken, pork and beef. This company is helping to take the homework and headache out of sourcing local meats in a friendly, efficient and convenient way. They believe in clean products and proudly offer meats that are free run, raised without the use of added hormones and are antibiotic free.
truLOCAL‘s service is simple and incredibly convenient, as they offer monthly meat plans than are delivered right to your door. Their custom meat plans allow you to select exactly what you need, whether that is ground beef, steaks, chicken breasts, ground chicken, bacon, pork chops or fish. The products are delivered in refrigerated coolers to ensure your meat remains frozen upon delivery, and products are individually packaged so you can use exactly what you need with no waste. Since their meat plans are customizable, you can select the size and frequency that is right for you.
I have been ordering truLOCAL since I first discovered the company this winter, and can honestly say I have not been disappointed. From their chicken, to their beef, pork and newly added seafood, all of the products have been of outstanding quality. Plus, their customer service is fantastic!
I recently chatted with co-owner Marc to learn a little bit more about the company and their plans. Check out my interview below for more details (as well as promo code for a discount off your first order!).
In 3 words, what are looking to create through your business?
What is your ultimate goal for the business?
How did you become involved in this industry?
What do you think is the biggest misconception in the meat industry?
What do you think is the single biggest benefit you are providing consumers?
From what area are your meats sourced?
Any exciting next steps for the business you want to share?
Absolutely! Right now we are in the process of expanding our product lines, so get ready to see some really cool stuff like elk, lamb and bison. We are always trying to add value to our customers so we will soon be adding monthly recipes to all of our boxes which means if you are like me and are a little challenged in the kitchen, you’ll have some step by step instructions on how to make the best out of your truLOCAL products.
What are your most popular items?
Right now salmon has been going crazy, we just started offering it last week so people have been pretty excited to try it out. Salmon aside, I would definitely say its our New York strip steaks and chicken breast. The steaks are hot right now because of BBQ season, and the chicken breast usually tend to be a staple in most peoples meals
Use promo code Red Eats for 10% off your order!