I know thousands of you were huge fans of Zaycon Fresh. Last June they suddenly closed their doors and left tens of thousands of customers empty handed and out hundreds of dollars. I know many of my readers were able to get their money back by disputing charges with their credit card companies and banks.
The same people who ran Zaycon have started a new company called Fresh Farms. It’s the same investors that ran the other into the ground, the same suppliers who ran late last time and many of the same operating people. They created a new organization so they didn’t have to pay anyone back the money they owed them (including me and some of my readers) and have begun operating under the new name. Today, 5/19, they sent out an e-mail to Zaycon’s entire e-mail list (even though they say they are NOT Zaycon they retained all their customer information hmmmm). I am just letting you know that you run the same risk working with them that you did with the last 12 months of Zaycon. Not early Zaycon when they had different employees, quality products and great customer service but Zaycon toward the end when I quit supporting them.
I’m so excited to announce that a couple of former Zaycon Fresh customers (and friends of mine) started a new “Community Bulk Meat Buying Co-op”, called The Savory Butcher!
The Savory Butcher company started about a year ago with deliveries in Utah, Idaho, Washington State and Oregon. December they did deliveries in Washington & Oregon for the 3rd time. They are now stretching to even more states!
How Does It Work?
The way the Savory Butcher company works is that it is like a co-op. It is the power of group buying in bulk. Basically, a large group of people in one area come together as a community & each claim part of the bulk order, so the prices drop to that which a grocery store or warehouse store would purchase the product for. They purchase the meat in large boxes (like the 40 lb boxes of chicken).
Instead of repackaging the meat into their own packages & then increasing the price, you are bypassing the grocery stores by buying the meat in bulk as it comes from the farm on delivery trucks. You will meet the delivery truck at a predetermined location & drive up to pick up your meat in a bulk box (such as 40 lbs for the chicken). You can then repackage it in sizes that work for your family.
In order to make this work like a co-op, they have to generate enough commitments in one area to be able to have the power of group buying in bulk to get the meat at lower prices than the stores. These are the highest quality of meats from the stores (always fresh) but at the lowest price.
How Is Savory Butcher Different?
Payment for product – you will pay for the product a week or two before you pick it up, not months before like Zaycon. This is really important as I know many of you are very hesitant after Zaycon closed so suddenly. But when you purchase so close to the delivery of the product, this will give you more protection with your bank/credit card
High Quality Chicken – The Savory Butcher is going back to the original source for chicken that Zaycon used for many years (they switched to a different farm about 2 yrs ago), so they are going back to the original farm that was favored by many of you.
Trimmed Chicken – This chicken will all be trimmed – no spending several hours trimming your chicken that you purchase in bulk. The chicken comes in 40 lb boxes, but it will be trimmed, which means all you need to do is repackage it into portions that make sense for your family. (We have a Foodsaver that we use for packaging our bulk meat to freeze, but just putting the chicken into gallon size bags & freezing works great too)
New Options – The Savory Butcher has also added organic chicken, 100% grass fed beef & uncured bacon. This was never offered by Zaycon & it is rare to see discounts on these products as they are expensive. But using this bulk group buying program, they will be able to offer these products soon.
What Are Their Current Products (January 2019):
Fresh Trimmed Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – $1.99/lb – sold in 40 lb case
Fresh Hardwood Smoked Bacon – $3.99/lb – sold in 30 lbs (these are 2 15 lb cases)
Fresh Hardwood Smoked Bacon– $4.19/lb- sold in 15 lb case
Fresh 93/7 Ground Beef – $4.29/lb – sold in 40 lb case
Fresh 81/19 Ground Beef – $2.99/lb – sold in 40 lb case
Fresh Uncured Smoked Bacon – $5.49/lb – sold in 15 lb case
Fresh Organic Boneless Chicken Breasts – $7.99/lb (21 lb case)
Boneless Applewood Smoked Ham – $3.99/lb (33 lb case)
100% Grass Fed/Finished Beef– $7.99/lb- 15 lb case
Who Is The Savory Butcher?
Cassie Michael: I’ve known Cassie for a long time because she’s a “frugal blogger” just like me! She has been blogging over at The Thrifty Couple with her husband for the last 10 years and we have met at a few conferences. She’s a busy mom with 6 kids who wants to stay on a budget. She was so sad when Zaycon Fresh closed… she loved the quality and the prices! In 2016 she was contracted by Zaycon Fresh to be a liaison between Zaycon and all the bloggers that were promoting Zaycon. She saw a lot of the mistakes the investors made with Zaycon behind the scenes. She tried working with them and saw the investors push the original founders out of the company. She had been a customer and promoted Zaycon to her audience for 8 years. She knew that Zaycon closing left thousands of people wanting a better way to buy their meat. Rather than creating a company that was “money focused” (as the corporate investors turned Zaycon in to), she wanted something that was CUSTOMER FOCUSED (as Zaycon originally was back in the early days). So that is why she helped create The Savory Butcher… knowing that success is founded on helping the consumer.
Erle Adams: I only know Erle online. He was hired by Zaycon to be over the “influencers” (that basically means anyone with a large online following). He worked for Zaycon Fresh for 14 months and was fired by the investors 2 days after Christmas in 2017 (they wanted to cut costs). Like Cassie, Erle saw the mishaps within the company. Erle knows the heart of the original founders of Zaycon and didn’t like seeing what was happening with the company.
Erle and Cassie stayed in touch after he was fired. Shortly after Zaycon Fresh closed, they got on the phone and decided they wanted to take on the challenge of helping thousands of people save money on high quality meat, stay true to the mission of helping others, and provide a product for less money. For the six months they’ve been building a strong foundation for a community bulk meat buying co-op.
How To Get Them To Where You Are
If you would like to get deliveries in your area with these low prices for bulk meat, they need people to sign up on this form saying they are interested in that area – once they get at least 40 people committed to that area, then they will try add that area to their delivery area the next month. Now I know the bulk of my readers are on the East Coast and we will have a bit longer wait. But if you are out west and interested sign up to show them you are serious! If they already come to your area consider trying them out!
I Want To Be Honest:
I have been vegetarian for almost three years now so while I had tried the Zaycon products and could tell you with 100% certainty when their stuff was good I won’t be able to with The Savory Butcher. However I promise as soon as they get to where I am I will purchase some and feed it to be friends and family to get their opinions. Somehow I never have an issue getting people to take free steaks.