It’s finally here! But you have to take action!
The subscription management software I was using has turned out not to be flexible enough for something like a meat share. Timing on shares depends on so many things: how fast the pigs grow, transport schedules, how long it takes to get bacon cured and smoked, etc. The subscription software is just unfortunately not up to the task.
I’ve made all of you early adapters platinum members. Thank you SO much, I appreciate you all for signing up for this. You guys are the ones who have made this project happen.
After polling everyone, the large consensus is that people prefer ground pork as opposed to an Italian sausage with MSG in it, so that is what we will do for the first share. In the future, I will work on finding a processor to make us sausage links with no MSG or preservatives. PLEASE NOTE! The ham and bacon will have Nitrite and salt. You can read my thoughts on this here. If you don’t want that, you are under no obligation to buy but let me know. If there are enough requests we could possibly have a share option with no cured meats at all.
The final price for these shares ended up being higher than I expected, unfortunately. It has to be $126 for a box, which contains 8 lbs of meat. This is higher than I originally estimated and you are under no obligation to confirm the purchase. My goal in Firebrand Meats is twofold, providing great pork but ALSO advocacy around the challenges facing small meat producers and I believe in radical honesty. Therefore, I’m going to give you the exact breakdown of where the money from each share goes.
- The pig delivered: $27.63
- Meat Processing Costs: $39.61
- Packing materials, Dry Ice, fulfillment, warehousing : $23.22
- Postage: $21.20
- Credit Card Fees: $4.04
- Total: $115.70
That leaves me about 10 bucks of wiggle room if costs come in higher than estimated or if there are returns/packages lost in the mail, etc. Perhaps if I keep everything very efficient I’ll be able to call a few dollars profit after I’ve paid my overhead costs (web hosting, software, insurance, etc). Meat is very expensive to produce and deliver. Perhaps over time, if we can continue to scale up as a community, we can take on lowering some of the meat processing and logistics costs.
If everything goes right, these shares should ship the first week in December, but I’ll keep you posted.