Local butcher shop shines in Sunset

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Walla Walla butcher shop Blue Valley Meats made the cut for Sunset magazine’s Top 50 Local Food Shops on the West Coast.

The shop was the only local business to make the list and was included in the magazine’s highlight of Top Butchers, Northwest, in its October edition.

Two others made that particular category: Laurelhurst Market Butcher Shop in Portland and Rain Shadow Meats in Seattle.

“In a world of fast-paced commodity boxed beef, people still like to feel that there’s a place where they can get what they need, take the mystery out of knowing the source of their meats, or how to read labels, and get customer service that keeps them coming back,” Blue Valley co-owner and General Manager Geoff Forcum said in a prepared statement.

“Sunset” also recognized top bakers, chartcuteries, fishmongers, cheesemongers and grocers throughout the West Coast regions in its rundown.

The butcher shop operates at 1162 W. Pine St. It specializes in 100 percent grass-fed beef, natural pork, lamb, free-range poultry and organic raw milk. The shop will be delivering pre-ordered heritage turkeys to customers from Marysville to Portland and Seattle to Duvall, the announcement said.

“Each and every cut of meat is important to us because we know that each and every meal is important to our customers,” said butcher/co-owner Christopher Galasso in a prepared statement. “No one wants to worry about the food they eat. They want something of high quality that fills their needs, whether that’s on the side of nutrition, flavor, animal welfare or choice.”

The recognition from “Sunset” follows a listing in Seattle Magazine’s inaugural list of the 70 most powerful players in the Seattle food scene last April.

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