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 a 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 at 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 pickup locations around Philadelphia in partnership with local businesses.
In the of Spring 2018 we opened a brick-and-mortar butcher shop on East Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia. In 2019 we opened our Butchery & Market in Brewerytown which serves as the companies headquarters for operations.
Heather Marold Thomason, Butcher & Founder
Heather left a successful career in graphic design in order to pursue the trade of whole animal butchery and a passion for supporting local, sustainable food systems. To train, she apprenticed at North Mountain Pastures in Newport, PA, where she learned to raise pastured animals from birth to slaughter. While there, she partnered with local farmers to better understand their daily operations and inefficiencies. She then furthered her training in Berkeley, California at The Local Butcher Shop. Heather relocated to Philadelphia in 2014 to serve as the opening Head Butcher and Manager of the butcher shop at Kensington Quarters.
Heather recognized that Philadelphia was prime for community building and change within its food supply chain and in 2016, she founded Primal Supply Meats, a modern butchery committed to whole animal practices.
Media Love for Primal Supply Meats
Primal Supply Meats’ Heather Thomason on Cutting It in the Male-Dominated Butcher Industry
Thomason founded the company’s HQ in Brewerytown and the butcher shop in East Passyunk…. “I had an idea that if I learned butchery, I could start to support farms and help reconnect a broken local food-supply chain.” (July 2019)
Philadelphia: A Big City with a Small-City Feel
In this episode we explore the constantly evolving South Philadelphia neighborhood. We’ll sit for a traditional Italian-Philly meal of Sunday Gravy” with three female entrepreneurs. (March 2019)
2018 Top-Quality Meats
Heather Thomason (badass butcher to the city’s top chefs) has finally turned her pasture-raised meat subscription into a cheery brick-and-mortar. (July 2018)
Craig LaBan picks Philly's best butchers
Primal has plans to open a storefront on East Passyunk this spring... I'm excited for that neighborhood to get the great butcher it deserves. (February 2018)
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
Buying Clubs That Focus on Animal Welfare and Sustainable Practices
Primal Supply Is Hosting Some of the City’s Best Chefs for an Intimate Dinner Series
The whole-animal butcher has a shiny new headquarters in Brewerytown, where they'll feature a slate of guest chefs from spots like Friday Saturday Sunday, Vetri Cucina, and Tired Hands. (April 2019)
Marc Vetri is now a part-owner of Primal Supply Meats
The celebrated chef and restaurateur is now a minority owner in butcher Heather Thomason’s business, with an eye to supporting Primal Supply as it builds a new headquarters in the city next year. (September 2018)
Meet the South Philly butcher sourcing the best meat in Philadelphia
Staying true to the “all sustainable, errythang” practice has allowed Thomason to quickly grow her customer base. Around 30 local chefs have regular standing orders with Primal Supply. (July 2018)
A Butcher Offers Foolproof Tips for Cooking That High-Quality Meat You Bought
How She Pulled Up Stakes and Became A Butcher
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)
Look inside Primal Supply Meat’s Spacious New Brewerytown Headquarters
The light-filled building at 1521 N. 31st Street isn’t just a new home for her fast-growing business, which connects chefs and customers with locally sourced, sustainable meats. It’s also a place where Thomason will host classes, dinners and events to showcase those products… (April 2019)
Ones to Watch: 15 Visionaries Who Will Revolutionize the Way We Eat
Thomason is one of the most energizing forces in Philly’s restaurant scene, as well as a major disruptor of the boys club that butchery has been for decades, and we can’t wait for her next move. (July 2018)
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)
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)
Kensington Quarters Butcher Heads Out on Her Own