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The Ventura Meat Company

The Ventura Meat Company

The Ventura Meat Company provides the highest quality, responsibly sourced meats in Ventura. We are Ventura's first full-service, sustainable, retail butcher shop.

Established in November 2011 The Ventura Meat Company has become synonymous with quality. Owner/operator Michael Buckley believes in the simple philosophy that when it comes to health and nutrition, you get out what you put in. Therefore, on top of providing quality and responsibly sourced meats, The Ventura Meat Company opts out of selling a lot of the mainstream retail commodities that other retailers have no problem selling, even though they can wreak havoc on your health (candy bars, soda, etc.) To say that The Ventura Meat Company is a health food store is an understatement. You won’t find any artificial ingredients in anything sold here, and if it can be sourced locally, it is sourced locally! So come on down and check out the shop. It is a certainty that you won’t experience anything else like it in Ventura.

From the Blog

Filet Mignon: The Best Cut of Beef?

Filet Mignon: The Best Cut of Beef?

It is the opinion of many, many beef consumers that Filet Mignon is the premier cut of beef. While you will find some dissension towards that, there are certain times a year where the market reminds us just how popular of a cut it is. Valentines Day is one of those times.

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Family-style Roast Leg of American Lamb

Family-style Roast Leg of American Lamb

Spring has sprung, and that means it’s time for Spring Lamb! Here’s a recipe courtesy of our lamb supplier, Superior Farms. Enjoy!

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Eat Meat, Get Fit

Eat Meat, Get Fit

It’s that time of year. The holidays are over, and lots of people are taking efforts to shed off the pounds gained from, eh, enjoying the festivities.

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Thanksgiving 2015

I know what you’re thinking, here’s another retailer jumping the gun on The Holidays…

Well, believe me when I say that there are powers beyond our control that are forcing our hand.  Let me explain.

You may have seen the news stories about how the Avian Flu has decimated turkey populations in 16 States.  This is going to have a profound impact on the overall availability of Thanksgiving Turkeys.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is, the farm we buy our turkeys from, Diestel Turkey Ranch, was not affected by the outbreak.  But that doesn’t mean we won’t feel an impact.   The outbreak of Avian Flu has affected what we call ‘commodity operations’.  Read: industrial poultry operations.  There will be a shortage of ‘commodity turkeys’ this year, and that shortage is going to create a vacuum.

Diestel is already feeling the impact, as their phones are ringing off the hook from retailers (ones that don’t normally buy from Diestel) trying to compensate for what they know will be a shortage in availability.  In turn, we were asked by Diestel to place an order for turkeys now, as they can only fend off these new buyers for so long.

So, instead of placing our Thanksgiving Turkey order in late October, as we normally would.  We had to place our order last week.

This is why we are opening our Thanksgiving Order process immediately.

If you intend on ordering a turkey from us, or want more information such as pricing, please let us know as soon as possible!

Click here for the printable Turkey Order Form 2015 .  Should you have any questions, call or email us.

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The Ethical, Environmental, and Nutritional Considerations of Eating Meat

Steve Carpenter of Carpenter Cattle Company

Eating meat, in and of itself, comes with a degree of responsibility.  Now in my observation, the slope of that degree greatly depends on the individual.  Everyone has a different take on meat eating, and very few people are indifferent on the subject.

In my opinion, if we are to discuss the notion of eating meat versus not eating meat, we must consider every aspect of that notion.  Ethical treatment of animals is certainly something a lot of people consider, but it can’t be the only consideration we take in deciding whether or not to consume meat.  There is ample evidence suggesting that finishing cows on grass (that is to say allowing cows to graze on open pasture for the entirety of their life) is a big net gain for the environment as well as animal welfare.  So, you can both address your concerns for animal welfare, and any concerns you have about the environmental impact of industrial farming, by supporting the right farms.

Obviously we’d be remiss not to mention the role that meats (that is to say fats and proteins) play in our overall nutrition.  You certainly don’t have to cut out meat to be healthy human being, and I think that notion is pretty well accepted.  But we wouldn’t dare ask you to take our word for it.  I’m certainly not the healthiest man in the world, but believe me, meat is not derailing my overall fitness (can you say craft beer?).

So, it is the opinion of this butcher, that opting out of eating meat for any one of these items is not addressing the entirety of the conversation.  If we are to make catastrophic changes to the manner in which livestock are treated in this country, and around the world, both we and our animal friends are better served by us seeking out, and supporting the right farms, as opposed to just opting out completely.  

Meat consumption, and therefore production aren’t going anywhere.  Let’s work together to find farms that are both stewards of their land, and their livestock.  I firmly believe that we will all be the beneficiaries as a result.  

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  • The Ventura Meat Company
  • 2650 E. Main Street
  • Ventura, CA 93003

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  • PHONE 805.648.6942