We have been meat-buckers for quite a while, and it has been well worth it—easy and fun. We purchase chickens, pork butt, and bacon all the time among many other things. Then, we are spoiled when someone feeds us any of those that aren't the quality we get from Stillmans!!! Among special favorites, we have had really delicious hams that go a long way because they taste so good. I'd better order one soon to serve some wintertime guests. Our longtime relationship with the Stillmans has been truly lovely and satisfying.
A year or so ago, when I stopped (as I often do) at the SQM stand at the Charles River farmers market, I had just received a mail order delivery from D'Artagnan. I concede that I'm a little slow, but it finally dawned on me that that was nuts! Why wasn't I giving my money to Kate? Equal or better quality, great value, family owned, committed to sustaining the local agricultural economy, and just up the road in central Mass. So I plunked down a grand for my initial Meatbucks share, which I recently re-upped and feel ridiculously good about doing. For small-scale farming to survive in this country we're going to need to figure out how to scale up, retaining the quality and character of the farmers market experience while significantly expanding capacity and distribution. SQM is a leader in that effort. I'd be honored to support them even if the food wasn't as extraordinarily good as it is. Thanks so much!
(Below: Double-wide SQM Porterhouse (bistecca alla Fiorentina) grilled over an open fire. Christmas 2023.
The Meat Bucks program is a money-saving innovation. This is our second time to sign up. The products are exceptional and Kate and company are wonderful to work with.
We get Stillman eggs and meat at our local farmers' market every week. They couldn't be friendlier folks, the meat and eggs are delicious, and it feels great to support a local farm.
I don't think I've ever had better lamb chops! Stillman's lamb is addictive, very flavorful!
The chicken and pork are also tender and luscious!
The egg yolks are a bright orange and tasty, the way they are meant to be.
I can't say enough about how good Stillman's food is!