Molly Best, a breeder of Dorset sheep, once contemplated starting up a sheep dairy to become a cheese-maker. She’d long fantasized about running her own butcher shop, but with young kids, felt it was a long term goal. Luckily, Best’s new neighbor and subsequent mentor, turned out to be Francois Vecchio, a salumiere, charcutier and wurstmeister with over 50 years’ experience.
Surrounded by local farmers, many who are raising organic, grass-fed animals, combined with the town’s complete lack of a meat store and Best’s butchery interests, it was a no-brainer when a storefront became available on the town’s main street in February 2013. Thistle Meats, a whole animal butcher shop opened in 2014 and offers locally raised beef, lamb, goat, pork, rabbit, and poultry from trusted farms and ranches. The team adhere to a philosophy of whole animal butchery, offering hand made charcuterie, pates, salumi, terrines, and other cured meats as well as local produce, cheese, eggs, and prepared foods: a sandwich of the day, soups, stews, bone broths, marinated and seasoned meat cuts.
[photo credit: Patch.com]