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Why We Founded Farm Field Table - A Local MI Butcher Shop

Why We Founded Farm Field Table - A Local MI Butcher Shop

By Jake Romine, Partner 

It was November of 2013. My brother Matt and I were starting our first restaurant, The Mulefoot Gastropub. Matt had spent the morning calling local farms to obtain Michigan-raised, non-GMO, grass-fed meat products. The farms regretfully explained that the logistics, USDA butchering, and large volumes were going to make a direct purchase very difficult. And many of them didn't have grass fed or non-GMO options to being with.

We continued our search at the local grocery store, checking labels for sourcing. Another roadblock. “United States” was as specific as they got. We couldn’t believe it. If it was this hard for us to access local healthy food, we thought, it must be many times worse for the typical consumer. 😮

So I asked chef Matt a simple question:

"Chef, can we do better?" His answer: "I know we can."

From that moment on, we were committed. We started laying the plans for the butcher shop that would be known as Farm Field Table. We would offer consumers and restaurants everywhere what we wanted ourselves: local, healthy, quality meat fit for the country’s best restaurants. And at a reasonable price, too. We opened a farm, raising Mulefoot heritage hogs to get our hands dirty and supply our farm-to-table restaurant, The Mulefoot Gastropub.  

Farm Field Table opened in December 2016 as a licensed USDA butcher shop in Ferndale, MI. Our client list includes many of the top restaurants across the state, from Detroit to Traverse City. We pride ourselves on sourcing only the finest local products including Michigan Wagyu beef, dry-aged steaks, heritage pork, free-range chickens, lamb, goat, duck, and rabbit. Our supply is based the finest cuts currently in season, rather than what’s merely in demand.

We’ve learned a lot during this journey, and wanted to share a few lessons we picked up along the way:

1. Insist on Quality:

We believe there’s nothing more important than what you put in your body. Early on, we almost abandoned the idea for Farm Field Table because we couldn’t find farmers willing to grow products with non-GMO feed or the grass-pasture/grain-finished blend that makes a healthy product and chef-approved flavor. Months of research paid off when we found a handful of small farms willing to change their feed providers to non-GMO. Today, we have more than fifty small Michigan farms whose craftsmen raise some of the best beef and pork in the country. We’re so confident in the quality of their work that we offer a Farm Field Table Satisfaction Guarantee on every purchase.

2. Make Ordering Quick & Convenient:

We heard over and over again that our customers wanted an easy way to try Farm Field Table without driving to Ferndale, MI. So we created a simple website that makes ordering a snap. Simply go to www.FarmFieldTable.com and order what you want and we will ship it directly to your door. 

3. Offer the Best Cuts from the Whole Animal:

Farmers and butchers both know that the best flavors come from cuts the average restaurant-goer has never heard of. That’s why we pride ourselves in being a whole animal butchery. Using the whole animal radically improves sustainability by reducing the carbon footprint, while giving us a better understanding of each farmer and their processes. We even know what each animal eats and where they graze. Now, the cuts butchers kept for themselves are available to you.

We created Farm Field Table to stand up to the corporate grocery chains and meat markets. Unlike the big brands that lack quality and over-charge, we deliver high quality products at a fair price. So to you, our customers, thank you. Thank you for letting us do what we love. We’ll keep at it, and hope you do the same.

4. Give People A Fair Price 

We invite you to try our products at a discount. Please sign up for our e-mail list and you will get an email for a 10% discount. We think it's a perfect way to support local food and support your wallet in the process. Thank you to all of our loyal customers who support local food and thank you for reading our blog. Check out our Top Sellers page. Click Here>>




27 Responses

Dawn
Dawn

February 14, 2019

Where are you located in Ferndale

Andrew
Andrew

February 14, 2019

Hey I interested if your restaurant would be looking for any chickens ducks turkeys or rabbits

Vincent Frattacci
Vincent Frattacci

February 14, 2019

I’m gonna try this soon!

Rosemarie Wieczorek
Rosemarie Wieczorek

February 14, 2019

Types of meat you carry location and hours! Thx

stan
stan

December 29, 2017

I had your bone in leg of lamb for Christmass my whole family enjoyed. the best lamb I have tated

Jill
Jill

December 08, 2017

I’m gonna have to check out your store. And I know its gonna cost more than regular grocery stores, but I hope its not too expensive, as I am a grandma living check to check.

Mary Dykzeul
Mary Dykzeul

November 25, 2017

My daughter (and the family chef!) has been working on getting the family diet healthier, get rid of GMO’s etc. She would prefer we go vegan however I LOVE my red meat. We will be checking your store out very soon. What are your store hours.

 Carmen Ortiz
Carmen Ortiz

November 23, 2017

I live in Auburn Hills and I am anxious to visit your store to buy some of your products.

Farm Field Table
Farm Field Table

November 16, 2017

Steve,

We do have Steaks available. They sell out in store so they don’t often last long online. Our online Shop only shows about 5% of what we have in-house so it’s best to call or stop in.

Steve
Steve

November 13, 2017

Looking at the beef menu I failed to notice any steaks! Are the available?

Savanga
Savanga

November 09, 2017

What is the shelf life? If I freeze how long will it keep? BTW you guys are awesome! I can’t wait to come to the store!

Jackie
Jackie

November 07, 2017

When did the episode of Chopped you were on air? I love Chopped but must have missed that show. We live in Ferndale and my son shops at Farm Field Table often – we LOVE it!

Farm Field Table
Farm Field Table

November 07, 2017

Hey Matt,

We were on Chopped and we won!

Julie,

Grass fed and grass finished is very good for you and we have that option. We also have grass fed and grain finished beef because the taste is preferred by chefs. You can make the call for your family. See you soon.

Matthew
Matthew

November 06, 2017

HEY! Were you guys on CHOPPED??

Julie
Julie

November 02, 2017

I have read that Grass fed, grass finished is the best beef for you. Is this true?

Farm Field Table
Farm Field Table

November 02, 2017

Lucy,

We are a whole animal butcher so you would be 100% correct. We have it all. Thanks for commenting.

Lucy morningstar
Lucy morningstar

October 31, 2017

Am I wrong in understanding that I will be able to buy cuts like beef tongue, pig ears, pig feet not just the money cut? I’m so fed up with meat cutters who have no knowledge of the animals.Excited to think I might be able to buy a roast that isn’t 1/4 gristle. It’ll be worth the drive from Westland.

Patricia
Patricia

October 29, 2017

So glad you found a location in Ferndale,which is in my neck of the woods! My daughter & son-in-law have followed you since your beginning so I think I see a Christmas gift card in their stocking! Thanks for your great products!!!

Arthur L Versace
Arthur L Versace

October 28, 2017

All their meat is the absolute best you will find !

D.G.
D.G.

October 28, 2017

Thinking of starting the Ketogenic Food plan. Glad to know where I can purchase grass fed meat.

Jessi
Jessi

October 27, 2017

I adore you guys. Being able to have a conversaTion with your butcher is a game changer. Even more so when their philosophies on food match Your own. Keep it up!

Madelyn Lee
Madelyn Lee

October 26, 2017

Do y’all ship to Texas?

Farm Field Table
Farm Field Table

October 26, 2017

Kevin,

We are located in Ferndale, MI. Click on the Contact Us button on the top of this page for directions and our phone number.

Kevin
Kevin

October 26, 2017

Were are you located at I live in warren!

Farm Field Table
Farm Field Table

October 24, 2017

Mr. Walker,

Thank you for commenting. Most of our farmers are in line with organic standards but the certification for such small farms can be very costly. Most of our farmers don’t pursuit certification for this reason.

Mr. Walker
Mr. Walker

October 22, 2017

I read your Facebook article and I did not see organic at all. I saw non GMO, free-range, and high quality. My wife and I are seeking a better alternative to the garbage in the grocery stores. I hope it is you.

Scott
Scott

October 22, 2017

Thank you for going through with it, I know it has not been easy! It’s so refreshing to walk in & be able to pick anything in the store, & not have to ask a million ‘dumb’ questions before feeling safe to eat it. Always bugged me that living in an agricultural state we don’t have more access to non gmo, organic meats & veggies!

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