Reports of COVID-19 outbreaks at meat processing plants around the country have many people worried about the meat supply chain. An upscale Sonoma County salumeria is now offering a $250 meat box with delivery to Sacramento. The “Meat Up” box, from Healdsburg-based Journeyman Meat Co., contains 2 pounds each of bacon, smoked sausage, meatballs and ground beef, plus one pasture-raised chicken, two 16-ounce Prime rib-eye steaks, two 12-ounce Prime New York strip steaks and four salumi chub sticks. For $25, the box will be delivered to Sacramento’s Alaro Craft Brewery, where customers can pick it up on Wednesdays between noon and 7 p.m. Alaro also serves as a pickup point for Produce Express, a restaurant wholesaler that recently began offering CSA boxes for consumers.
Concern about possible meat shortages has grown steadily over recent weeks. A few days ago, the head of one of the nation’s biggest meat processors warned that “the food supply chain is breaking.” In an ad that appeared in The New York Times, John Tyson of Tyson Foods wrote: “As pork, beef and chicken plants are being forced to close, even for short periods of time, millions of pounds of meat will disappear from the supply chain. As a result, there will be limited supply of our products available in grocery stores until we are able to reopen our facilities that are currently closed.”
To order a Journeyman meat box, go to https://journeymanmeat.com/shop-meat-boxes/ or call (707) 395-6328. Alaro Craft Brewing is at 2004 Capitol Ave.