During deer hunting season, these meat lockers are especially busy as many hunters bring their kill in to be processed. As such, many hire seasonal workers to help with the processing during this time. Many times, the owners of the deer do not pick up their meat, which means many meat lockers may have venison available for the public to purchase.
In some instances, customers can reserve all or part of a hog or cow even before it is brought in to slaughter. Doing so can normally save them even more money over buying large quantities of beef or pork. Many meat lockers also have a wide selection of chicken and farm-raised catfish as well.
The trend toward buying from meat lockers has not only helped many local economies, but small farmers as well. The United States Secretary of Agriculture claims that in the first decade of the new millennium, over 100,000 new family farms came into existence. If you’re interested in checking out a meat locker, you can normally find listings in your local Yellow Pages.