credit: Arcadia Meat Market
As a partner at Arizona's only certified grass-fed beef producer, Nick Addante saw an opportunity in the natural meats business and prepared to open a corner butcher store in the heart of Phoenix in early 2018. But it wasn't until he met his partner in the soon-to-open Arcadia Meat Market (3950 E. Indian School Rd., #150), a second generation butcher who was literally raised in the meat industry in New Zealand, that Addante realized what was really missing in today's factory-fed, mass-market meat industry-trust, transparency and a skilled neighborhood butcher who cares about what his customers are eating with their families.
With master butcher, Luigi Paroli, in tow, Addante has spent the last year travelling across the West meeting with the best butchers and ranchers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Utah, and Oregon, and sourcing the best all-natural products, from Pasture Raised Grass Fed Beef and Lamb, to Pasture Raised Pork and Free Range Organic Chicken, Eggs and more. "All our meats are free range and pasture raised, never had any antibiotics or hormones, and the animals we sell have always eaten healthy food resulting in the best quality meats." Addante says. "We believe that healthy animals raised in open pastures make for a healthier planet and healthy happy customers. We work with producers that care about our planet and the animals they raise. Our ranchers practice sustainable farming methods so their business may continue to thrive for generations to come."
Scheduled to open January 11, 2018 inside a custom-designed 1,200-square-foot space at the NW corner of 40th St. and Indian School Rd., the Arcadia Meat Market is more than just a modern take on the classic corner butcher shop. As a whole animal butchery, meats will be hand-cut onsite (and in-sight thanks to small windows into the cutting room and cooler) by Paroli, while prepared goods such as the grab-and-go dinner packs have no preservatives, GMOs or harmful chemicals. "It's all about bringing back trust and transparency, because I was raised on that, including 8,000 hours of training under a master butcher in Wellington, New Zealand," Paroli says. "I've run butcher shops from Alaska to Manhattan and it all comes back to good, healthy, grass fed, pasture raised, organic proteins. Plus, you can come and get something specially cut for you and feel good about providing for your family."
Open daily (M-F 10am - 6pm, Sa 9am - 5pm, Su 11am - 3pm), Arcadia Meat Market will feature a 10-foot meat display case front and center, plus three more displays on left for grab-and-go items, such as ready-to-cook family meals, housemade bone broths and frozen goods. Arcadia Meat Market will also offer the finest small batch seasonings, cheeses, wines, charcuterie and even locally-grown micro-greens, plus cold-pressed juices coming in the near future.
Aside from Arizona's own Chiricahua Pasture Raised Meats, Sky Island Ranch 47 Grass Fed Beef and Lamb, E&R Pork, Top Knot Farms Pasture Raised Chicken, and Amache Farms Lamb, Arcadia Meat Market will feature all-natural products from some of the best quality ranchers/purveyors across Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada.