Meat Lockers-An Old Idea that's New Again

Meat Lockers-An Old Idea that's New Again

With the increase in food prices, many people are rediscovering food lockers. This fact along with the trend toward buying locally-produced meat has caused new meat lockers to spring up in many small towns throughout the Midwest. It seems that buying meat in bulk from a meat locker not only saves money but makes people feel good as well. This is because they can be more confident about the quality of meat they buy while helping local farmers as well.

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.