Folks looking for fresh protein might consider a South Side market where they can pick the animals to be processed for mealtimes.
Opened June 16, Alamo Farms, 200 Chihuahua St., offers everything old-fashioned, traditional butcher shops once did, while respecting current health and safety regulations, the owners said.
It’s also halal-certified, meaning food is prepared according to Islamic dietary law.
At Alamo Farms, everything occurs in front of patrons, according to the proprietors.
Originally from Yemen, co-owner Abobaker “Abo” Mused and his family have been in the meat-purveying business for more than two decades.
“Everything we do here is 100% transparent and subject to multiple on-site (Department of Agriculture) inspections,” Mused said. He added, “There’s no shady stuff going on behind closed doors. You can actually see the healthy animals roaming around, and if you like, you can point to the one you want and we will butcher it for you on-site.”
The market doesn’t sell any wild or exotic meat, only USDA-approved poultry and livestock, he added.
“It’s just a question of honesty versus hypocrisy,” Mused said. “Would you rather get your meat in a Styrofoam tray from a big store without having to think about where it came from, or would you prefer to get it fresh from our farm to your kitchen, harvested that day?”
Five different government agencies scrutinize the operation, the co-proprietor said.
“But, ultimately, I want our customers to do their own inspections of our entire facilities – all day, every day,” he added.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.