by Laura Steiger, Outreach Team
The Co-op carries six varieties of Jack Mountain Meats German-style sausages: classic brats (pictured here), chorizo, country morning sausage, sage breakfast sausage, Italian hots, and sweet Italian.
We also carry their seasoned porchetta pork roast, elegant and rustic pork chops, pork belly, pork shoulder roast, spare ribs, and a limited number of tenderloins.
Photos courtesy of Jack Mountain Meats.
Our Commitment to Quality Local Producers
The Co-op’s commitment to local producers goes beyond the produce department and the grocery aisles.
Our meat department managers source the best in local meat and seafood for Co-op shoppers: superior quality, sustainable, grass-fed, humanely raised, and wild-caught. The meat department sets a high bar for its providers, and Jack Mountain Meats is one of the local businesses that consistently meets our high standards.
About Jack Mountain Meats
In March 2015, Jack Mountain Meats moved into its new home in Burlington after completing a full top-to-bottom remodel. Prior to completion of the remodel, the business was listening to feedback from its farmers market customers, perfecting its recipes, and developing relationships with local farms.
listening to feedback from its farmers market customers, perfecting its recipes, and developing relationships with local farms
Jack Mountain Meats partners with one family farm in Washington for all of its pork. The animals are born and raised on the farm and the heritage-breed pigs are free-roaming and farrowed in pens, not in crates. They are fed a non-GMO diet of peas, barley, triticale, and wheat, which Chris DePalma, Jack Mountain Meats general manager, believes is reflected in the overall quality and flavor of the pork. The animals are not fed antibiotics.
Pure • Local • Honest
The company’s tag line—Pure • Local • Honest—reflects its philosophy to use simple recipes, source local ingredients whenever possible, and never use fillers, msg, or gluten.
At the Co-op, we carry six Jack Mountain Meats sausage varieties: classic brats, chorizo, country morning sausage, sage breakfast sausage, Italian hots, and sweet Italian.
At the Co-op, we carry six of its sausage varieties: classic brats, chorizo, country morning sausage, sage breakfast sausage, Italian hots, and sweet Italian.
Handcrafted German-style sausages, the pork is always cut, never ground or pressed, resulting in a superior texture. The spice mixes are blended in-house, and the company works to source locally grown herbs whenever possible.
In addition to sausages, the Co-op also carries the company's seasoned porchetta pork roast, elegant and rustic pork chops, pork belly, pork shoulder roast, spare ribs, and a limited number of tenderloins.
The pork that is delivered direct from the farm to Jack Mountain Meats on Tuesdays may be cut, seasoned, vacuum-sealed, and then delivered to the Co-op by the end of the week.
Meet the Team
Chris’ favorites are the two varieties of breakfast sausages: the sage breakfast sausage with a hearty dose of fresh sage and the country morning sausage with a finer grind that is a more traditional breakfast sausage. Apparently, he also cooks a mean porchetta roast that he serves with mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy.
Chris is proud of the team of highly skilled nose-to-tail butchers and the quality products they provide. “I try to build a community here of employees. We spend a lot of time together each week and the workplace is very family oriented. They all have a passion for what they do, and that comes through on a day-to-day basis.”
Passion and Expertise
That passion is evident in Travis Stockstill, a production manager at Jack Mountain Meats, creator of The Meat Block podcast, and popular on Instagram as @americanbutcher. Travis tested and qualified to be one of the six members of the 2020 U.S. team in the ultra-competitive World Butchers’ Challenge, considered to be the Olympics of butchery. His accomplishments exemplify the passion of the entire Jack Mountain Meats staff.
Interested in trying something new? Our meat department staff can make a recommendation or share preparation tips for Jack Mountain Meat products. Cordata Meat Department Manager Shawn McGuirk said, “Their bone-in pork chop will make a person fall in love with pork. They are so juicy and packed with flavor.”
Of course, Jack Mountain Meats sausages, like the classic bratwurst pictured here, and other cuts of pork would be delicious accompanied by one of the delicious krauts or kimchi from Pangea Ferments.
Read our local vendor profile of Pangea Ferments to learn even more about another awesome local Whatcom County business.