Tap into the expertise at the Meat & Seafood Department to find the right meat for your upcoming holiday meals.
Experts in the Meat & Seafood Department
Whole carcass butchery provides co-op staff the opportunity to maintain and preserve strong, direct relationships with small-scale, local Community Foods farmers. Many of our in-house meat cutters have visited these farmers and seen firsthand the land on which the animals have been raised.
In a recent visit to Blooming Prairie Natural Beef last fall, co-op staff walked the pastures where their cows are raised. Blooming Prairie owners Paul Smith and his son Jared are committed to raising their cows naturally with a grain finish to provide high-quality beef with great flavor. With their nearby processing facility in the city of Geneva, Blooming Prairie has complete control over the quality of beef that is available in our meat case. Direct producer relationships build trust with community members that most conventional grocery stores cannot match.
Seward-made in the Meat & Seafood Department
Whole carcass butchery also makes it possible for the co-op to offer a variety of nutrient-dense foods. Our staff honor the animals and use every bit. We render fat for schmaltz, lard, tallow and duck fat; utilize bones for collagen-rich broth, and grind high-quality ground beef out of single-source trim.
Seward-made rosemary-and-garlic flavored lard is a new offering you’ll find this winter! Expertise not only provides a variety of options to customers, but a more sustainable model with less waste. Find our recipe featuring Seward-made rosemary-and-garlic flavored lard and steak from Blooming Prairie Natural Beef.
Special Order Meats
Another benefit of whole carcass butchery is that the co-op is able to offer any cut via special orders. Keep this in mind as winter celebrations approach! Consider special ordering to help make a traditional meal or something new. Seward Co-op offers high-quality meats from Community Foods producers such as: leg of lamb from Lamb Shoppe, Red Wattle ham from Pork & Plants, standing rib roast from Peterson Craftsman Meats, and whole goose from Wild Acres. Chat with our staff to find the right meat and cut needed for a special occasion or celebratory meal.