Local, organic, pasture raised meats
We know where our meat comes from. Most of the meat products we carry are raised on our own family farms or from ranchers we know and trust. Much is certified organic and managed with sustainable practices where animals have access to pasture, there are no cages, crates or crowding, and where there’s an enriched environment that takes comfort and overall well-being into account.
Our own from Aurora Valley Organic, all organic, 100% vegetarian diet, free-range and antibiotic free. Flocks grow at their own natural pace in a clean, spacious environment, with warm barns and easy access to outdoor pastures. Outdoor areas also include ample shade, areas to dust bathe, and bales of straw and wooden structures to provide perches and encourage natural behavior. We believe this environment is not only good for our poultry, but also provides you with the highest quality, freshest products available. Air chilled to retain natural flavor.
We raise our own organically certified beef. Pasture-raised on a diet of grass, supplemented with hay, our own organic alfalfa, and organic corn and barley grown in the U.S. and Canada. We also source from other local family farms who, like us, place animal welfare at a premium, although they may not be certified organic.
We are currently growing our own local, organic pork supply, French Prairie Pork. Until then, we source other pork from a variety of locally and regional farmers. As the national supply chain faces challenges, we occasionally source some hogs from the Midwest that were destined to be harvested and wasted. We butcher all our pork in-house, resulting in the very freshest cuts and we are proud to do our part in limiting waste during the current environment.
We feature Hawley Ranch lamb, raised in Cottage Grove, OR. The lambs are pasture-raised, grass fed and supplemented with clover during the winter months. No antibiotics or additional growth hormones, butchered in-house for top quality and freshness.
Sausage & Hash
We make our own! Freshly ground and mixed in-house daily by our butchers.
Fajitas, Stir Fries and Burgers
Prepped and ready-to-cook items including fajita’s, stir fry combos, and burgers, all easy to cook at home!
BBQ Basics & More
We’ve got a thoughtfully curated, small selection of basics for your BBQ, grilling and pantry needs. You’ll find mesquite and lump charcoal, wood chips, pellets and briquettes, along with a variety of sauces, rubs, condiments and snacks. We’ve got rolls and buns, ice cream, and our own Buddy’s Formula Oven Baked dog food, a house-made kibble for your own buddy.
Dairy, Cheese & Eggs
A special feature of our dairy case is Lulubelle’s, our own line of organic dairy products from the Willamette Valley where we pamper our cows at our own family farms.
Among our selection of cheeses, you’ll find our own Lulubelle’s organic cheeses along with specialty organic varieties produced by our sister company Willamette Valley Cheese, located in the heart of Willamette Valley wine country. They use traditional old-world methods to produce hand-crafted, delicious artisan organic cheeses. Certified Organic, they use simple, healthy ingredients to create high-quality handmade cheese made by dedicated cheesemakers. Try the aged Cheddar, Dutch-style Gouda’s, creamy Havarti’s, nutty Fontina, buttery Brie and unique Boerenkaas.
We feature Gwendolyn’s local, organic eggs by the dozen, from our own laying hens in Aurora. These eggs aren’t just a pretty package: There really was a Gwendolyn! Years ago, the farmer’s family adopted an older hen to provide a safe place for it to roost after it was discovered that she had quit laying. Promptly after settling into their backyard flock, she started laying again, and continued to do so for many years. She affectionately earned the name Gwendolyn after their great-grandmother, a woman of pluck and fortitude whose family had raised chickens for generations. Our hens enjoy an all-organic diet with vegetarian feed, and plenty of access to pasture, just like the old days.
Wine & Beer
We’ve got a great value and selection of American Viticulture Association wines from local, regional, national and specialty producers. Choose from a selection of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Rose, Cote du Rhone, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Malbec, Cabernet, Chianti, Merlot, Syrah, sparkling wines, Champagne and more, plus icy cold local beers. .
Our Recipe Station offers a selection of delicious seasonal recipes from juicy steaks and burgers to chicken kebabs and lamb meatballs, all developed by our in-house chefs.
Meat Market Manager, Erica Prettyman
A Portland native, Erica Prettyman is a mom, butcher and cook with a deep interest in where our food, particularly meat, comes from. At Basics Meat Market, you’ll find her behind the counter garbed in her bright red apron and cap expertly handling the bandsaw, yielding very sharp knives with finesse, and creating gorgeous displays of fresh, organic meats. Presentation is her jam, which you can tell with just one look at the case – perfectly portioned, fully stocked, organized and beautiful. In the biz for over 20 years, she’s got great suggestions for selecting the best cuts, cooking tips and recipe ideas! For Erica, braised short ribs are “the best thing in the world”! Her hobbies include camping, paddle boarding, kayaking, and hiking with her two dogs.