Shop Small – Shop local – shop with the friendly team at Avon Prime Meats located in Avon, Connecticut! You know I am a huge fan of shopping local, supporting my community, and selecting the best foods for my family to eat. Shopping at Avon Prime Meats covers all three of these categories! With a large selection of quality prime meats, gourmet grocery products, prepared foods – as well as fresh local produce and baked goods, they really have it ALL!! When we first moved to Connecticut, my mother-in-law introduced us to their location. She is obsessed with the marinated steak tips and we eat them at her house frequently! Living close by in West Hartford, we make stops by the Avon shop to pick up specialty cuts and local treats when preparing for special dinner’s at home! Last week I was able to catch up with General Manager, Rocio Olivares, to take a deeper dive behind the scenes of our well loved community Butcher, Grocer and Caterer!
Chances are you’ve heard the terms Prime, Choice, or Select, when referring to cuts of beef. Maybe you’ve even noticed the grading shields on packages of beef you bought at the grocery story. But, do you know the difference between the 3? It can definitely be confusing, but Rocio and her knowledgeable team are able to help you select what you need to prepare the perfect meal factoring in tips on cuts to select, preparation tips, and dietary needs with an on-site Nutritionist as part of her team!
Where to start at Avon Prime? With the Butcher of course! Only quality meats are selected from this skilled team! Overall, beef is graded into either Select, Choice, or Prime, with Prime being the highest of quality. We have to look at a few things to help define this – quality, tenderness, juiciness, flavor, and the amount of usable lean meat on the carcass. Avon Prime carries a large selection of Premium and Prime cuts bringing you some of the highest quality- all natural beef to choose from.
This shop is pure magic and offers more than quality beef! Prepared items or take out meals are available in the cooler sections! Some favorites I found include: Chicken Marsala with Wild Mushrooms & Garlic Herb Zucchini Noodles, Kale & White Bean Salad, and Rainbow Chard with Garlic Scapes, are prepared daily by in-house chefs! The kids love sitting on the cow bench in the front of the store while I pick up items we need.
Specialty items and sales are featured in the shop weekly, but a few things I picked up on a recent trip included a killer Tomahawk Steak and Copper River Salmon. Minimal preparation needed for both of these beautiful delights because they are perfection on their own. Salt and pepper to both sides of the Tomahawk and into the smoker it went. After a nice slow smoke, we performed a reverse sear for a perfectly pink and tender Rib Eye dinner! As for the Copper River Salmon (known as the worlds best Salmon), wild harvested from Alaska’s renown Copper River, we took care and brushed it lightly with butter and seasoned with salt & pepper baking it at 450 degrees for about 10 minutes for a heart healthy meal.
One of my favorite parts about Avon Prime beyond the quality meats is being able to truly shop from some of the areas local farmers and artisans alike. Some of my favorite CT locals that can be found here are: Sweet Fever Cakes, Hartford Baking Company, Brewery Legitimus, Browns Harvest, and Tulmeadow Farms. If you are a food lover local to Connecticut, or just passing through, take a moment to pop into Avon Prime Meats! You can pick up a sandwich at the deli counter, grab some meals to-go, or pick up groceries to make an awesome quality meal at home. If you are making a dinner for 2 or hosting a holiday party, a knowledgeable team member will be happy to help you plan accordingly.
Avon Prime Meats is located at 395 West Main Street Avon, CT www.avonprimemeats.com