Firsthand Foods is a women-owned food hub that sells local meats from North Carolina farms. We are passionate about building a food community that values people and the Earth.
We only sell humanely-raised meat, and that’s only part of it. Our farmers treat their animals with respect and raise them outdoors on pasture the way nature intended. Our processors are small-scale, family-run businesses. Throughout our supply chain, our team builds successful partnerships through honest dialogue and equitable, collaborative decision-making.
We source only the highest quality meats from local farmers to ensure every plate that features Firsthand Foods is a memorable experience. Working with the chefs in our community, we share meat quality feedback with our farmers so they can make adjustments to breed selection, feed rations and pasture management to ensure consistently great flavor, marbling and tenderness.
We trace every piece of humanely raised meat back to its farm of origin and the ethical farmers who raise it. Our farmers follow strict protocols to take care of the land, water, and air we breathe. We share information and communicate truthfully about how we do business.
We are inspired by the challenge of doing business differently in the meat industry and are dedicated to exploring new ideas, building new systems, and creating new products that sustain the success of our employees, supply chain partners, and community.
Firsthand Foods sells pasture-raised local meats, including pork, beef, lamb, sausages, and specialty products. Chefs, grocery stores and consumers buy from us because they can taste the freshness in our products. Every week our team takes on the “whole animal utilization” challenge. Whether it’s the shoulder, the rib or the tail, we find a good home for each part. Our customers are dedicated to sustainable sourcing. They want to know where their food comes from and they count on us to track it. Working with local farmers and processors allows us to provide custom fabricated meats within a few days of processing.