By Eileen Weber
Imagine you’re a butcher with a dream to one day own your own shop. Then, through random connections and an amazing amount of luck, that distant dream becomes a reality.
Tim Frosina, a butcher formerly of Fleischer’s Craft Butchery in Westport and L’Americanu BBQ in Corsica, France, can say that pretty much happened to him. He was contacted by an investor who wanted to open a butcher shop but needed a butcher. Initially, they looked for space in New Canaan. But, Fairfield had twice the population, two highways, and an open location right next to the ever-so-scrumptious Isabelle et Vincent French bakery on the Post Road. Win-win-win!
“We want to feed ourselves well and we want to feed others well,” said Frosina. “We want to show people that this is not just a rib eye and pork chop world.”
Frosina’s butcher shop, tentatively called Custom Meats, has been two years in the making. With his wife Bernice and his friend and cohort Matt Oricchio of Speckled Rooster Farm in Westport, they plan on making this place a one-stop shop for all your dinner needs.
“We’ll work with any farm in Connecticut,” Frosina said. “If someone’s got really good products, I’ve got no problem with that.”
Oricchio echoed that by saying the list of farms they hope to work with is pretty long. “Because they’re all small,” he said. “No one doing it right is doing it on a large scale commercially.”
They’ve already hooked up with local farms like Ox Hollow, Sport Hill, Simpaug, Walden Hill, Kinder Hook, and Stonewall Dairy to supply them with meat, vegetables, eggs, and milk. With their planned “butcher and farmer boxes,” you can get all you need for one week.
The shop is due to open in mid-April. Check back with Fairfield Green Food Guide when we cover their new place. Stay tuned!