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John Henry’s meat home delivery [DTW]

VTB | Feb 9, 201402:03 PM

I may be leaving a slightly larger carbon footprint by getting my meats home delivered this winter by John Henry’s of Millington, MI, versus getting my meats while already at Whole Foods (WF) buying veggies. But, if the delivery route becomes dense enough, maybe the difference won’t be too great, particularly since some meats at Whole Foods come from hundreds of miles away.

John Henry’s (JH) seemingly is a bit more wholesome, too. Like WF, JH does not put antibiotics in the feed. But unlike a majority of WF meats (except for a few with an upcharge), JH supposedly does pasture raising, and they use a small local processor. I say this based on their claims. If anyone actually is familiar with the JH operation, please let me know if this is true or if I’m just a sucker.

Anyway, the prices are pretty good, usually better than WF, and the variety is excellent. Most of the meats come recently frozen, which I thought would be undesirable. But, this can also prevent waste, as sometimes I buy fresh and don’t quite get to cooking prior to spoilage.

The quality has been quite good thus far, and I’ve never once said, “Had I seen this piece before buying, I wouldn’t have bought.” Convenient, seemingly wholesome, professionally cut, reasonably priced, and real nice people. Delivery routes cover most of Metro Detroit.
I picked a bad day for a post, since the website seems to be down for work, but also here is their facebook link:

PS—Anyone yet try that fancy Piedmontese beef shop that opened in Royal Oak this summer?
The prices are so outlandish that I doubt these cute kids will be in business for long. But, since they have Groupon specials, I was thinking to check it out because I’ve never tried this breed, particularly ones raised locally. For the price, you’d think the chops underwent some involved aging process or something, but no: NY Strip $45/LB, Tenderloin $56/LB, though Chuck runs $13/LB and Short Ribs are 16/LB. For comparison, JH sells at less than 40% of those prices (NOT Piedmontese). Of course, Fairway Packing in Detroit also has Piedmontese, though from somewhere in Nebraska, and for price comparison they are at a lower $41/LB for Tenderloin and a seemingly very good $22/LB for NY Strip.

Fairway Packing Co
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