About Primal Supply Meats
Primal Supply Meats is a Philadelphia-based butchery and local sourcing company. Since 2016, we’ve been building a supply chain to connect regional farmers and slaughterhouses to restaurants, chefs and home cooks who care about sourcing local, sustainably raised meats.
We currently support more than a dozen local farmers and 2 family-owned slaughterhouses in our region. Our wholesale program, which gives chefs access to sustainably raised whole animals, has helped put pasture-raised meats on the menus of more than 25 restaurants in and around the city. The Butcher’s Club, our weekly subscription service for fresh-cut packages of meat, is available for home cooks at 11 locations around Philadelphia in partnership with local businesses.
In Spring 2018, we will open a brick-and-mortar butcher shop – a traditional meat counter where, where we can greet customers and answer questions. The shop will allow us to continue growing responsibly, increasing our impact and supporting our network of farmers, all while building new relationships with customers in and around the city of Philadelphia.
Heather Marold Thomason
Butcher & Founder
Heather left a successful career in graphic design to pursue the trade of whole-animal butchery with the intention of supporting local, sustainable food systems. She apprenticed at North Mountain Pastures in Newport, PA, where she learned to raise pastured animals from birth to slaughter, and went on to train and work at The Local Butcher Shop in Berkeley, CA. In 2014, Heather relocated to Philadelphia where she became Head Butcher at Kensington Quarters. There she worked closely with area livestock producers and processors to source whole animals for the then butcher shop and restaurant. In 2016 she founded Primal Supply Meats with fellow butcher, Cecilie May. Heather regularly private classes and demonstrations on whole-animal butchery for both home cooks and industry professionals.
Primal Supply Meats in the Press
Women's Work: Meet The Female Pioneers Thriving In Once-Male Domains
To mark International Women's Day, photographers around the world captured women breaking down barriers of gender bias. (March 2018)
A Butcher Offers Foolproof Tips for Cooking That High-Quality Meat You Bought
How She Pulled Up Stakes and Became A Butcher
Philly’s New Food Establishment
Fifteen chefs, owners and doers who are re-creating Philly’s food scene. (January 2018)
Your Guide to Philly’s Grassfed Beef Boom
These companies make it easy to source delicious, nutritious, and sustainable beef. Here's how they stack up. (August 2017)
12 Stunning Photos That Prove There’s No Such Thing As ‘Men’s Work’
At Kensington Quarters, Heather Marold Thomason busts up the butchery boy’s club. (September 2015)
A Whole-Animal Butcher Shop Is Coming to East Passyunk Avenue
Primal Supply Meats owner-butcher Heather Thomason is opening her own brick and mortar. (December 2017)
Local Heroes Food Shop: Primal Supply Meats
Kensington Quarters Butcher Heads Out on Her Own