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Spring is for Eggs!

There is some seasonal variability in chicken egg production. In the fall and winter, adult hens molt —dropping their feathers and growing new ones — a process that can take several weeks. During that time, the hens’ energy and nutrients go into producing new feathers, rather than eggs. This natural slowdown in egg laying is followed by […]

Spring Holiday Recipes

Classic preparations and recipe ideas for your Passover and Easter meals. Briskets: the Rocchinos Favorite Brisket Bon Appetit’s Guide to Brisket Brisket with Lemon-Oregano sauce Lamb: Boneless Leg of Lamb Lamb Shoulder and Lamb Neck Recipes Spring Shepherd’s Pie with Peas and Mint Hams and Pork: Guide to Reheating and Glazing our house-cured hams Fresh […]

Lamb Shoulder and Lamb Neck

The shoulder of most animals are typically best braised until the meat falls off the bone. Lamb shoulder is a bit more versatile and is just as suitable as a roast; You can tie it up bone in, or to make carving easier have the blade-bone removed. If the shank is attached to the shoulder, […]

We are now a worker-owned business

Join us October 30th to celebrate ten years of good meat and custom-cut butchery! Aaron and I started this butcher shop ten years ago to bring locally-sourced, well-raised meat to home cooks of the East Bay. Another goal was to see more of each other since our prior jobs had us working opposite shifts. Well, […]

How has COVID-19 changed our business? It hasn’t.

If you ask our customers why they choose to eat organic, locally-raised meat, you’ll probably get a lot of different answers. Some people do it for environmental reasons, some people do it for health, and just about everyone will tell you that they do it because clean, fresh meat simply tastes amazing. At The Local […]

Eat Good Meat, Save the Planet: Behind the Scenes at Your Local Butcher

Concerned about climate change? We are, too! Pastured animals are an essential part of regenerating our soil. Soil regeneration combats climate change. This new year we resolve to educate our friends and customers about the virtues of pasture-raised animal husbandry.—Monica & Aaron Rocchino & The Local Butcher Shop Team When you first walk into The Local Butcher Shop, a […]

Eat Good Meat, Save the Planet: A Customer’s Perspective

Concerned about climate change? We are, too! Pastured animals are an essential part of regenerating our soil. Soil regeneration combats climate change. This new year we resolve to educate our friends and customers about the virtues of pasture-raised animal husbandry. —Monica & Aaron Rocchino & The Local Butcher Shop Team Richard Cobeen is a good man to know, especiall...

Eat Good Meat, Save the Planet: The Science

Concerned about climate change? We are, too! Pastured animals are an essential part of regenerating our soil. Soil regeneration combats climate change. This new year we resolve to educate our friends and customers about the virtues of pasture-raised animal husbandry. —Monica & Aaron Rocchino & The Local Butcher Shop Team These days we’re all trying to walk a little ...

Eat Good Meat, Save the Planet: Grass Farming

Concerned about climate change? We are, too! Pastured animals are an essential part of regenerating our soil. Soil regeneration combats climate change. This new year we resolve to educate our friends and customers about the virtues of pasture-raised animal husbandry. —Monica & Aaron Rocchino & The Local Butcher Shop Team Like a lot of ranchers, Loren Poncia has a [&he...

Hams and Rib Roasts

There are times during the year that call for hams.  They’re delicious, cured cuts that we make in house from the pigs we receive from our farmers, such as the team at Llano Seco.  They’re especially popular around Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas, but they’re always delicious for any celebration, regardless of the time of year. […]