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Mouthwatering Weekly Meal Plan

There are hazards to running an online meat marketplace and the main one is that staring at photos of meat all day makes you really hungry. Tawnya's weekly meal plans do the same thing. I read through them each week before posting, and by the end, my mouth is watering and I feel pretty sure that I'm going to starve to death if I don't start cooking...

Brewer Family Farms

Brewer Family Farms: Central Iowa’s Source for Delicious Beef and Pork

It’s hard to imagine a family business lasting for five generations, for good reason. Data shows that most family businesses don’t last more than one generation. Of the 30% that survive to the second generation, only 50% continue to the 3rd. Fourth and fifth generation businesses are nearly unheard of. But it’s different in agriculture. Fifth generation...


Delicious Weekly Meal Plan featuring Homemade CrunchWrap Supreme!

A fun spin on meatloaf, a home-made version of a Taco Bell classic, a smart tip for baking chicken, a great burger idea, and easy pulled pork - This week’s family menu is full of great ideas! If this is your first visit to ChopLocal, welcome! Each week, one of our team members, Tawnya, creates a supper menu for her family of 5, and shares it via...

ChopLocal founder Katie Olthoff

Meet the Founder: Katie Olthoff

Just over six years ago, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (bird flu) was discovered on a Minnesota turkey farm. And in a roundabout way, that event led ChopLocal’s co-founder, Katie Olthoff, down the professional - and personal - path she’s on today. Katie’s passion for helping farmers developed long before bird flu made its way to the midwest....


Weekly Meal Plan featuring ChopLocal Meats

Are you running out of ideas for supper? Tawnya to the rescue! She's rounded up 5 mouthwatering recipes, keeping ChopLocal's vendors and meats at the center of the plate. (To see other weekly meal plans, click here.) Meats featured this week include: Bacon Ground Beef Ribeye Steak Pesto Turkey Meatballs And remember, you...


What is Berkshire Pork?

Berkshire pork is known for its flavor and quality, and it’s one of the bestselling types of meat on ChopLocal. But what makes it so good? This guide will tell you more about Berkshire pork and why you should give it a try. Breeds of Pigs - Berkshire Pigs To understand why Berkshire pork is so good, you have to know a little bit about...


Meal Planning with ChopLocal: Week 3

Looking for some easy family meals that come together in no time? That's what Tawnya has ready for us in this week's meal plan! Read on for the family friendly recipes! (And don't forget to check out the first two meal plans here!)   Chipped Beef Gravy on Biscuits  Chop the chipped (dried) beef into little chunks. Place in a...


Should you buy meat online?

Is buying meat online a bad idea? Well, to be honest, it can be quite the disappointment. Since the pandemic began, over 50% of meat-eaters have purchased meat online, which includes online grocery ordering for pick-up or delivery. And it hasn’t always left them satisfied. But at ChopLocal, we’ve done everything possible to make sure you have the best...


Tawnya's Two-Week Meal Plan!

Are you a meal planner? We asked on our Facebook page and the votes were split! But Tawyna Achen, wife of ChopLocal founder Jared Achen, plans out her meals and grocery lists for her family of 5. (If you missed it, check out the interview with Tawnya on our Facebook page here .) The Achens have three kids - Brecken is 6, Tenley is just turning...


Get to Know Matt and Tim Bierman - Bierman Bacon

Google “bacon meme” and you’ll find more than a few to make you chuckle. But our favorite is this one: While the image here is a pig, we may as well replace it with Matt and Tim Bierman, brothers originally from northwest Iowa. The two brothers grew up on a farm with their three siblings, and after college, Tim returned to the family farm,...


10 Amazing Appetizers (with BACON!)

When we started looking for recipes to share, there were literally thousands of appetizers that contain bacon to choose from. We found anything and everything wrapped up in bacon, hundreds of variations on cheeseballs with bacon, and even sweeter dessert-style appetizers featuring bacon! Now, Bierman Bacon is so good, you certainly don’t need a...


How to Cook Prime Rib

*photo courtesy Cooked by Julie Prime rib is an amazing cut of beef, and a classic for the holidays. We are lucky enough to have  12 prime rib roasts (also called standing rib roasts) available from Brewer Family Farms this year. Cooking a prime rib roast is not that hard, but it can be intimidating. So we’ve rounded up a few amazing recipes...

Meet Jared Achen family farm

Meet the Founder: Jared Achen

Agriculture is in his blood. As a 4th generation farmer in southeast Iowa, there was never any doubt that ChopLocal Founder and CEO Jared Achen would return to the farm after completing his education. Alongside his father, sister and brother-in-law, he raises turkeys and row-crops in southeast Iowa. Despite his plans to farm after graduation, Achen...

more than half of consumers buy meat online

Sell your Meat Online with ChopLocal

Are you a farmer interested in selling to consumers directly? Or a small-town butcher looking for new customers for your specialty products? Or maybe you're a small processor expanding beyond foodservice. If you fit into any of those categories, you're in the right place! About ChopLocal ChopLocal empowers niche meat processors,...

roasted turkey for Thanksgiving

How to Choose and Cook your Thanksgiving Turkey

Meateaters - prepare yourselves! We are approaching one of the most important holidays of the year... Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving will look different for many of us this year, and this may be your first time roasting a turkey for your family. Whether you're brand new to the job, or have done it before but want to refresh your memory, everything you...

browned beef

How to Sear Your Meats

Here at ChopLocal, our goal is to provide you with high-quality meat and a satisfying eating experience. But unfortunately, that requires a little bit of work on your part. Our meats arrive frozen, and it’s up to you to prepare them. So how do you transform your frozen steak, pork chop, or roast into a delectable main dish?  Start by searing...


COVID-19 and Meat: It's time to adapt

If you are a farmer or butcher visiting the ChopLocal website, you likely already know how desperately the United States needs diversity in its meat supply chain. For years, farmers’ share of the food dollar has been decreasing. In fact, according to the United States Department of Agriculture , farmers received only 14.6 cents of every dollar...