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Changes at Vessel Meats

With the start of the new year some things are changing here at Vessel Meats. We are short staffed which means there are only 4 of us working at the shop full time as well as our wonderful helpers at the 3 markets we are at on Saturdays. This means our production schedules, retail schedules, and volumes will change. We will not sacrifice quality or customer service so we are working diligently to ensure that we can maintain the high standards that our customers have grown to expect.

On top of being short staffed we are also facing the same problems that every person faces in Nova Scotia. Everything we need to run our business and serve our customers (packaging, cleaning chemicals etc) has increased in price drastically, sometimes upwards of 100%. Prices for our needs are also fluctuating constantly and as a result our prices will also be changing as needed.

We are a popular business with loyal customers but that does not mean we are a big business. As a result of being short staffed and paying obscene amounts of money for simple products some things will occasionally change with little notice. For an example if 1 of our staff members (25% of our full time staff) is off for a day that could mean less product in the case or Vessel Meats not being at 1 of our 3 Saturday markets. We simply don't have extra staff to cover when someone is out.

What does this mean for you, our customers? It means you can continue to expect the same level of quality and service that we have become known for over the last 8 years. It also means that we will do our best to communicate changes and our path forward. Also if you are looking to order a special value added item the more time you give us the better we will be able to accommodate you. A week's notice would be best. For the time being the Primrose shop will be closed Tuesdays (as well as our usual Sunday/Monday closures). Emails and direct messages will be processed when we have time so if you would like to talk to us for any immediate reasons PLEASE CALL THE SHOP at 902-463-6981. If you send an email or direct message we will get to it when we can but it may be quite a while before you hear back from us. Seriously. Call the shop.

Interested in working for Vessel Meats?

Vessel Meats is a whole carcass craft butchery dedicated to supplying quality local meat in Nova Scotia and supporting small scale farmers. We are building pipelines and fostering relationships to make locally grown food more accessible and attainable to consumers in our community. We believe that by supporting small farms and encouraging conversations we can create long term change for producers and consumers in our community that change the way our our province consumes meat.

Please note that because of our dedication to a high level of quality and service we are looking for the right people and we will wait to find those people. We are a small crew that works hard in a fast paced environment and need people that are willing to contribute to the success and growth of Vessel Meats.

If you're interested please tap the link below!

What is Vessel Meats?

 We are a dedicated whole-animal butchery which to us means a few things. All our meat comes direct from the abattoir, intact and on the hoof, sourced direct from farms and is raised locally and ethically.

We spend the beginning of the week breaking the carcass in to smaller, retail appropriate pieces so that when the weekend hits we have easy access to each muscle and prep it up quick to go in to the case.

Our aim every week is to sell out. We do not supplement our stock with boxed, wet-aged meat so when we run out of a specific cut we are out. We like to tell people "we don't have a lot of anything but we have a bit of everything".

Cows, pigs, and lambs are the same here as anywhere else in the world so all of the cuts are there, we just need to find the one you are looking for! Pre-ordering is always encouraged so we can get the best piece we have for that special meal.

All of our meat is processed in Nova Scotia in small scale abattoirs, mostly Dickie's Meats in Amherst where John Dickie helps us so much by using his years of experience to make sure we are getting the best quality products and delivering them to our door.

Because everything comes in hanging (that giant mono-rail running through our shop) all of our meat is dry-aged for a minimum of a few days to a few weeks depending on the species. We believe that makes a cleaner, richer tasting product.

Since we are dedicated to our process and suppliers we don't always have everything available like fresh, free range chicken in the winter, and the ever elusive pork back rib.

We've been operating for over 8 years at local farmer's markets and at our retail location since May, 2020. We have been able to make it work and hopefully we are slowly spreading the word on local meat and slow food in Nova Scotia.

We see the untapped potential for agriculture here in our province and hope that shops like ours can help make local food more accessible and affordable. We have everything we need right here. We just need to support it!

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