Local Meat in Seattle: Bill the Butcher

Photo credit: Jessica Ivaska

We’ve noticed something happening up in Seattle lately. In all fairness, it started over a year ago, but it keeps gaining momentum. We’re talking about the return of the butcher shop.

Sure, there were few butcher shops here and there, but in the name of convenience and one-stop-shopping, most people have been buying their local meat in Seattle from the grocery store, not giving a second thought to where it came from. (We aren’t kidding about this. One package of ground beef we saw said “May contain meat from the USA, Australia or New Zealand.”) But for residents all over Seattle, that’s changing. And the reason it’s changing is Bill the Butcher.

Bill the Butcher focuses on selling high-quality, all-natural, often organic beef, pork and poultry from farms and ranches that focus on sustainability and natural-farming practices. That means much of the meat they sell comes from animals who receive no hormones, no steroids and no genetically modified feed. That also means the meat is healthier because, just like people, healthy food makes for healthy animals.

In addition to partnering with farmers who use natural farming practices, Bill the Butcher works with farms and ranches that are nearby. Suppliers are located in Carnation, Arlington, Marysville, Mount Vernon, Lopez Island, Anacortes, Duvall, Bow and Spanaway, as well as in Wyoming, Montana and Oregon. Word has it they are even working on a system to track every single cut of meat from farm to shop.Plus, these guys not only know where their meat comes from, they know how to cook it. They can help you with recipes, choosing the best cut for your specific dish, marinades, rubs and roasting and grilling tips.

With a mission to, “Support the return of the sustainable way of raising animals on grass, return freshness, flavor and healthful benefits to your meat, help support the growth of small local farmers and ranchers, and in the process, improve the health and longevity of the land,” we’re glad that Bill the Butcher is taking Seattle by storm.

Bill the Butcher’s Current Locations

Woodinville Shop
12637 N.E. Woodinville Dr.
Woodinville, WA 98072

Laurelhurst Shop
3600 NE 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98105

Redmond Shop
7990 Leary Way NE
Redmond, WA 98052

Magnolia Shop
3800 34th Ave W
Seattle, WA 98199

Edmonds Shop
323 Main Street
Edmonds, WA 98020


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