From Golden Bay through to Nelson we will mostly deliver the boxes in person, although we may occasionally use an overnight courier to deliver to Nelson.
Our boxes don’t require a signature on delivery so the courier will leave them on your door step. If you would like them left in a specific place (eg where you know they’ll be out of the sun), note that on your order and it will go on the courier label. Our boxes are packed with enough ice to keep the meat chilled for at least 24 hours so even if you’re out all day they’ll be fine.
We believe that there are aspects of running a certified organic livestock farm that are difficult to achieve while still putting the welfare of our animals first, particularly around the prevention of parasites. We do however believe in the fundamental principles behind organic farming, and are working towards incorporating these where we can see that it’s the right thing to do. We strongly believe in having healthy contented animals farmed in a low intensity way and improving the capacity of the soil to sequester carbon and build organic matter.
Sometimes when you open a vacuum pack of meat with bones you might notice an odd smell. This is just lactic acid and is quite normal. It will disappear soon after opening and has no effect on the meat.
Yes, depending on our stock levels. Please contact us directly to discuss this.
As much as possible we source from our own farm, however occasionally we have to supplement the supply from nearby local trusted farms, where we know the farmer well and are confident that they also put the welfare of their animals first.
Boxes for local delivery in person are packed in recyclable cartons or paper bags. We may leave an ice-pack in the box if you’re not home when it’s delivered. Boxes for courier delivery are currently packed in ‘Chilltainers’, which are double layered silver cartons (no polystyrene here), with ice packs. In the courier boxes with ice packs the meat stays nicely chilled for at least 24 hours, long enough for it to get from our fridge to yours.
The ice packs and Chilltainers can be recycled back to us so we can use them again (if they’re clean) – if you’re local then just give them back to us or leave them out when we collect. If you’re receiving by courier then we’ll pay for courier return once you’ve collected 5 or more cartons.
We hate plastic but it happens to be the only thing that’s really good at preventing blood from leaking through cardboard boxes and other people’s courier packages. We definitely use as little as possible though, so that means no foam trays, just shrink wrap vacuum packs. These can be washed out with warm soapy water and recycled in the soft plastics recycling collection points once they start operating again later in 2019.
Smaller cuts like steaks are normally packed in pairs depending on the size, and mince etc is packed in portions of about 500g. Larger cuts like roasts and corned beef are usually about 1-1.5kg.