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Primal Supply Launches Kickstarter for East Passyunk Butcher Shop

Heather Marold Thomason is getting close to opening her South Philly shop focused on whole-animal butchery

Primal Supply Meats
Jason Varney

Butcher Heather Marold Thomason of Primal Supply Meats, a favorite of Philly restaurants, is opening a brick and mortar shop on East Passyunk to supply meat straight to the masses. Construction is underway but Thomason needs some more cash for the meat locker and butcher cases. And as of today, anyone interested in supporting a woman-owned, whole-animal butcher shop and making it easier to get sustainably raised, locally sourced beef, pork, and chicken in the neighborhood can pitch in, thanks to Thomason’s just-launched Kickstarter campaign.

Thomason was head butcher at Fishtown’s Kensington Quarters before opening Primal Supply in 2016 as a subscription service for individuals (like a CSA) and a wholesale business for restaurants. Primal Supply also pops up at farmers markets and the new Winter Fare market at Bok. So Thomason has some retail experience going into her first permanent shop, which she’s planning to set up with a meat counter and specialty groceries. She’ll also host classes, demos, and tastings.

Heather Marold Thomason
James Collier

The Kickstarter goal is $35,000. Give $25, and you get a red Primal Supply beanie. Double that for a T-shirt, or donate $150 for a ticket to a butchery class. The rewards keep getting better: For $300 and up, supporters will get two tickets to a meaty chef collab dinner with a multi-course meal prepared by a guest chef Thomason works with, like Chad Williams of Friday Saturday Sunday or George Sabatino, newly of Rooster Soup Co.

If all goes as planned, Thomason will open the shop (1540 East Passyunk Avenue) this spring.