Park Slope gets a butcher shop that even Jonathan Safran Foer could love (maybe)

Joshua Applestone carves up a big, bloody (but organic) pig.
Courtesy of Fleisher’s

Park Slope will soon get a butcher shop that even Jonathan Safran Foer could love.

Fleisher’s Grass-fed and Organic Meats — a ma and pa shop run by former vegetarians — will open in September, selling upstate-raised meat for “the ethical carnivore.”

“People in Park Slope care about what they eat — and where it comes from,” said owner Jessica Applestone, who runs the business with her husband Joshua. “It’s the perfect fit.”

Indeed, there’s only one other true butcher shop in a neighborhood obsessed with the “locavore movement” — with everyone from the hot dog slingers at Bark to novelist-cum-moralists like Jonathan Safran Foer weighing in on the subject.

Fleisher’s — which promises an “old-school butcher feel” with a “modern-day mission” — will offer hormone-free, daily-ground meats, along with varying cuts of lamb, pork and beef raised in farms hand-picked by the Applestones. Beef prices range from $9.99 (for grain-finished London broil) to $22.99 (for grass-fed boneless rib eye).

Owners — who said they ditched vegetarian and veganism after learning meat could be grown and sold “the right way” — will sell organic rotisserie chicken, seasonal veal and duck.

Additionally, they will sell frozen ready-made dinners, using “the entire animal” — from lard (for pot pie crusts) to bones (for stalks and soups) along with offering bicycle deliveries. They will also host a reading of their book, “The Butcher’s Guide to Well-Raised Meat” at PowerHouse Arena on June 9.

Meat-munching Park Slopers are just bummed the shop won’t around for most of Prospect Park’s summer barbeque season, explaining they are already Fleisher’s fans.

“As far as I’m concerned, it should be illegal to grow meat in any other way,” said Joe Holtz, general manager of the Food Coop. “Hopefully there are enough people around here to support eating the right stuff.”

Fleisher’s Grass-Fed and Organic Meats (192 Fifth Ave. at Berkeley Place in Park Slope, no phone). The Applestones will discuss their book, “The Butcher’s Guide to Well-Raised Meat,” at PowerHouse Arena [37 Main St. at Water Street in DUMBO, (718) 666-3049], June 9, 6:30 pm.

Jessica and Joshua Applestone own Fleisher’s Grass-fed & Organic Meats, which will open in Park Slope in September.
Photo by Jennifer May

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