FAQs

If you don’t see your specific question below give us a holler at 978-631-1135 or email us at info@waldenlocalmeat.com

Where do you deliver?

We currently deliver free of charge to most areas in:

  • Greater Boston, including the entire north shore and almost all areas inside of the Interstate 495 loop.
  • Coastal Portsmouth area, Nashua and Manchester areas in New Hampshire.
  • Southern Coastal Maine to Portland!
  • Several areas of Rhode Island from Providence down to Bristol, Warwick, Little Compton and up to Woonsocket.
  • Several towns Southwestern Connecticut from Fairfield to Danbury to Bridgeport.
  • Southern New York (ex. NYC) on both sides of the Hudson and Northern New Jersey

If you are outside the delivery area, we are happy to deliver to a work or friend’s address!

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Is it organic? Is your beef really grass fed?

Although all of our suppliers pledge not to use pesticides, herbicides or antibiotics of any kind, not all of our suppliers have pursued USDA organic certification because it is tremendously costly for small producers.  We have found that there are other, perhaps more important, indicators of quality and sustainability.  Most beef that is certified organic still comes from a cow raised in a feedlot, where it is fed corn or grain, which is completely unnatural for a grazing animal.  Although it’s great that the corn is organic, any type of grain wreaks havoc on a cow’s digestive system and produces meat that is much less healthy: higher in saturated fat and the “bad-fat” Omega-6s.  We think our own standards are much tougher; you can learn more about them on our standards page.  Our beef is 100% grass-fed and finished – they receive no grain, no soy, no corn, and no wheat ever.

Is the meat fresh?

Our meat generally reaches our customers more quickly than a typical industrial producer would – mostly because it is traveling a shorter distance.  What depletes the flavor of the meat is not letting it age properly (in the case of beef), slowly freezing it or quickly de-frosting it (as in a microwave).  After dry aging, our beef is custom cut and flash frozen, transported in a below-zero degree freezer, and left for you packed with cold packs and/or dry ice. We believe this results in the best tasting meat possible.

IS THERE A WAY TO SKIP OR DELAY A DELIVERY?

Yes, you can skip a month anytime by selecting the skip or makeup day option on your member page.  If you’d like to skip multiple months, just email us at info@waldenlocalmeat.com and we’ll put your deliveries on hold while you’re away.  You can restart at any time without having to re-enter all of your information.  We also offer every other month, or every 3rd month shares if this works better for your family!

WHEN WILL MY ORDER BE READY?

We deliver once per month and your first delivery date will appear on your member page a few days after you sign up.  Your NEXT order will be confirmed via email at the beginning of the month and then again 3-4 days prior (your delivery will generally be within 25-30 days of your previous delivery). We also have makeup days if you are not available on your regularly scheduled date, which you can select on your member page.  We deliver Sunday night through Friday.

DO I NEED TO BE HOME WHEN YOU DELIVER?

Nope!  Everything is packed with an ice pack in an insulated grocery bag, so it will stay cold for several hours on your doorstep.  If you do not have a safe drop spot for us to leave your delivery, we would suggest delivering to an office location.

Do I need a bigger freezer?

Probably not – a 10lb order is about 1 cubic foot of space, which fits fine in any home refrigerator / freezer (assuming it’s not already full with items that you can’t identify, in which case it’s maybe time for a clean start?). You can also skip anytime if you run out of room.

What will I get each month? Can I customize my box or add to our share?

Each 6-7lb complete share generally comes with one pound of ground beef, 1 type of sausage and/or bacon, and the remaining 4lbs a mix of cuts that you specify in the order form (either roasts or steaks/chops/ribs).  Larger sizes are generally the same proportion of cuts (e.g. a 10-lb share starts with 2lbs of ground beef and a sausage, plus 8lbs of cuts you specify).  You can opt out of anything you do not like (beef/pork/chicken/lamb or specific items) or update your preferences anytime via our member site. You can also choose a completely customized share and pick only what you want.  Each month we release a list of specials on various items, which we provide through a members-only survey prior to our deliveries each month. See here for a full product list!

What farms do you work with?

We partner with about 75 different supplier partner farms in New England and New York, from Maplewind Farm in Richmond, VT to Sugar River Farm in Newport, NH to Jonathan LeBlanc’s farm in East Hardwick, VT.  In the spirit of transparency, we print the town where the animal was raised and the name of the farmer on every cut label (excluding things like bacon, ground beef and sausages, which are made in larger batches, but from the same farms).  All of these farms accept visitors but generally ask that you schedule beforehand, which we’re happy to facilitate.  We visit our partner farms regularly and aim to develop long-term productive and mutually beneficial partnerships based on our shared values.  If you are a farmer and want to join our growing partnership, see here.

After I defrost the meat, how long can it stay in my refrigerator?

If the vacuum seal of the package is not broken, your meat has a shelf life in a refrigerator of more than 2 weeks.  Once you break the seal you should consume the meat in 3 days if ground, 5 days for cuts/sausages.  The best way to defrost is in a bowl of cold water, or in your refrigerator overnight; the worst way to defrost would be to use your microwave.

Is it expensive?

We believe meat that costs a few dollars per pound actually costs far more than that… in environmental destruction, the animal’s lack of well-being, and long-term human health. Our prices are honest and offer great value relative to all-natural grocery stores.  Our Full Share includes items that would range from $8 to $35+/lb, and we try to provide a balanced delivery each month to ensure everyone receives some high-value items.  We are also offering a very different product from what you see in a grocery store. Our animals are raised on pastures in New England and New York, moved regularly, never fed antibiotics, and have plenty of space to enjoy their lives. They are raised by humans, not machines, on farms that are slowly rebuilding New England’s agricultural heritage.  And you can taste the difference!

Why don’t you charge more?

Our prices are a fair reflection of what it costs to produce the highest quality products.  Our goal is to make them available to as many people as possible while covering our costs, most of which goes towards supporting the small farms in New England that we’re trying to bring back!

When will I be billed?

We authorize your card for the expected amount a few days prior to packing your share.  Your share is then billed when assembled, usually a day or two before delivery.  Note that add ons form our monthly specials are generally billed separately.  You can find your delivery date on your member page.

Can I pre-pay my account for a discount?

We do offer this option for members through our monthly specials list – we encourage you to try a month first.  We offer discounts for 6-month and 12-month plans.

Are you hiring?

Yes indeed! Checkout our careers page for available positions

Do you have Nutrition references?

Yes you can find them here Beef, Pork, Chicken