As the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve, we find ourselves getting sucked further and further into the self-isolation black hole. Restrictions on what we can and can’t do are getting more intense, and we’re all unsure when the light will shine again.
One thing is for sure – when it comes to grocery shopping, options that include home delivery are preferred, as more and more of us decide to stay within the confines of our four walls. That is, after all, the aim of the COVID game.
Enter, another game. The juicy, fresh, local, and tender kind. Delivered to you direct from the farm, ready to get fired up on the barby, grilled to perfection, or eaten up from the charcuterie board that accompanies your Netflix binge.
Here, we give you a list of some of the finest and freshest meat boxes available for delivery direct from Melbourne’s surrounding farms.
Game Keepers Meat
These guys dub themselves the meat and game specialists, and indeed they are. Chicken, beef, lamb bacon, kangaroo, rabbit – you name it. Sourcing and producing their own meat, you can buy individual products, or opt for their boxes (they’ve got a special Easter pack right now, and even a charcuterie selection!).
With the option to choose from three meat parcels (lamb, beef, or mixed), Lakey Farm is all about pasture-raised, regeneratively farmed animals. Operating on a Community Supported Agriculture subscription, the farm maintains a focus on sustainable meat consumption, with each box containing all the usual variety of cuts across the animal (subject to availability). Still not sure, sign up for a one-month CSA subscription and give it a go!
Located in the Gippsland region, this family farm prides itself on exceptionally tender and lean grass-fed, dry-aged beef and lamb. The farm gives you the opportunity to buy in bulk direct from the farmer, saving you money in the long run and ensuring you have loads of meat on hand! Also, since the animals are 100% grass-fed and ethically treated, the meat is not only significantly lower in calories and cholesterol, but is super succulent!
Simply Free Range
Owned and operated by Koallah Farm in Camperdown, Simply Free Range is passionate about traditional, sustainable farming. With a diverse production that includes beef, lamb, pork, chicken and more, this family-owned and operated business has a plethora of products on offer through its online store which delivers all across Melbourne.
Delivered direct from Sam White’s 2000-acre family farm north of Kyneton, Sidonia Beef’s nose-to-tail box contains a selection of prime cuts and secondary cuts from the whole animal, ensuring there’s no waste. These boxes are super popular and only available seasonally though, so you need to keep an eye out for the next drop!
Wattle View Farm
Another Gippsland wonder, Wattle View is a family-owned farm focused on producing nutrient-rich, clean food in a sustainable way. Featuring a whole range of packs including beef, lamb, pork and smallgoods, the farm is currently offering free delivery in Victoria if you spend more than $150!
Mount Moriac Beef
A slow cooking box, a beef box, a mini beef box, a sausage box, a premium steak box – Mount Moriac Beef has all the boxes! With the option to purchase once-off or go for an annual subscription, this south coast hinterland farm boasts tasty, tender and well-marbled Angus.