The Herbivorous Butcher makes family fresh vegan meals easy and fast. The food is fully cooked and Kosher, helping busy families save time. The food can be heated to eat or used in recipes. This business has a food truck with a separate menu, a brick and mortar store, local delivery, and ships nationwide. They have many restaurant partners in several states where their food is sold. When I saw the long list of restaurants, I realized I have eaten at several of the places without realizing where some of their food came from. At the Climate Reality Leadership Training Corps in Minneapolis this month, I met the wholesale manager for this business. Lindsay Bergan is responsible for all current wholesale partners and creating new and lasting relationships with restaurants and small businesses around the country. Quite the job! I was so impressed, I just had to visit the business.
When I visited, I found out vegan cooking does not have to be a long, drawn-out process. I think more people would be willing to help the climate by eating less meat if they had more time or resources such as this company. This is a good place to begin, and the staff is nice about questions people ask and being helpful. Maybe families could start by having a Meatless Monday Meal, or just by trying some of these vegan products.
Herbivorous Butcher All Vegan Food Truck
Wall of Awards for the Herbivorous Butcher Company
This link is to a page of the many awards this business has earned.
We started by trying meatless ribeye, a meatless hamburger patty, meatless ham slices, and cheeseless smoked Gouda. It is very comfortable to ask for foods with familiar names, and good because they are actually vegan. This is an easy way to start adding vegan meals to your family’s diet. The fact the foods have the same name and same taste helped the meals be successful.
This business was the founded by a sister-brother duo. Their food has the best flavors, textures, and nutrients most people are used to without their negative impacts on health, animals, and the environment. They have been developing recipes for years. This article in the StarTribune, How the Twin Cities elevated the food scene to 3-star quality, explains:
At the Herbivorous Butcher, siblings Aubry Walch and Kale Walch have created a national audience for their ever-expanding line of small-batch, plant-based replicas of meats, poultry, sausages, jerky and cheeses.
After shopping, they recommend people re-wrap the food right away and either freeze or consume in 7-10 days. If you order online, it will be vac sealed and last 4 weeks in fridge or 3-4 months in freezer. The length of time the food can last in the fridge is another help for busy families. Need recipes? They have that covered for you, as well.
Fossil fuels are not the only contributor to greenhouse gases (GHG). Animal agriculture places an enormous strain on planet earth’s finite resources.
Animal agriculture is the second largest contributor to human-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions after fossil fuels and is a leading cause of deforestation, water and air pollution and biodiversity loss.
Cattle are the biggest source of emissions from animal agriculture. Replacing beef with plants would reduce emissions greatly. With delicious alternatives already cooked and ready to heat and eat, why not help Earth reduce emissions from animal agriculture?
If you follow TheNew York Times food section, you probably know Mark Bittman’s column, and you may have heard of his approach to eating: VB6, which stands for Vegan Before 6. That is, you eat like a vegan (no meat, dairy, or other animal products) until 6 p.m. It is another idea similar to Meatless Mondays. People do not have to completely change their diets. Try a little a a time to help make a different to the planet, and your health. The vegan butcher shop has an assortment of tasty sandwiches to help with VB6.
The front of the shop and around the side by the wall of many awards are t-shirts, caps, and other things of interest to the vegan lifestyle.
The brick and mortar space is open to the public six days a week at 507 1st Ave NE in Minneapolis.
Sunday: 11-4pm Tuesday – Friday: 10-7pm Saturday: 10-6pm
The Herbivorous Acres is the animal sanctuary for the food shop. It is a a nonprofit farm sanctuary protecting animals from cruelty, abuse, and neglect. They will provide a safe place for animals to live out their lives with well-deserved peace and dignity. They are on Twitter. Herbivorous Acres is on Facebook, as well as Instagram.
If you eat less meat, it can not only help the planet but also your health.
Thank you for reading, Carolyn
*Note: All opinions are my own and I received no compensation or products for writing this post. It was my own idea.