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Christmas Hours & Orders – 2020

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Winter is coming and Christmas is coming too. We are now taking Turkey and other Christmas orders.

Please note when you stop in to pick up your turkey and ham and other orders, please note our hours.

Christmas Hours:

  • Christmas Gift IdeasThursday December 24th:  9am – noon for Order Pick-Ups ONLY! (counters will not be filled)
  • CLOSED December 25, 26, 27, 28
  • Re-OPEN Tuesday December 29: 9am – 6pm
  • OPEN December 30: 9am – 6pm
  • OPEN December 31: 9am – noon
  • CLOSED  Jan 1, 2, 3, 4

We have everything you will need for the holidays including:

  • last minute gifts of charcuterie boards and gift certificates, both in all sizes
  • your Christmas order
  • spiced stuffing bread cubes
  • gravy
  • cheeses and
  • and more!

During this busy holiday season we will not be filling any Freezer Pack orders until the New Year!

World Butchers’ Challenge Postponed to August 13-14, 2021

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World Buthers' Challenge LogoSimilar to many other large scale events this year, due to the pandemic a decision was made to postpone the 2020 World Butchers’ Challenge to August 13-14, 2021.

It has been a year unlike any others for all of us. I appreciate all the support that I have received for this lifetime opportunity and achievement. Please rest assured the funds will still be dedicated to this event in 2021 and we will resume fundraising again in the next while and our Canada Team will proudly represent and present.

At this time we understand that all of us are navigating our businesses, work and sending our kids to school in these changing times. We will get through this together. Onward!

 

Covid-19 Affecting Meat Prices

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There has been so much change lately with Covid-19 and business responses to Covid are affecting everyone. You may have heard recently that Cargill temporarily has shut down the Quebec meat packing plant, the second shutdown in Canada due to coronavirus.

While Herrington’s does not source meat from Cargill, the prices of meat are definitely going up everywhere, beyond our control.

Some of the reasons for increase in pricing are as follows:

  • Outbreaks of Covid-19 are either either forcing closings or slowdowns at meat processing plants across the country.
  • The response to Covid-19 is requiring changing plant processes to adapt plants to prevent the spread by facilitating physical distancing.
  • Additional costs also include providing personal protective equipment for all workers: gloves, masks, and visors for example.

For these reasons, production at meat processing plants has slowed and costs have risen.

All these workers, as well as Herrington’s staff are doing their best to serve you in the circumstances. We’ll get through this together.

 

 

 

Training with Team Canada, in Calgary, for World Butchers’ Challenge

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Brent had the pleasure of training this month with the rest of the Team Canada members at the Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence – Canada Beef. They are continuing their training for the 2020 World Butchers’ Challenge.

All this training definitely strengthens Team Canada, but also continues to hone the skills of Brent Herrington for the benefit of our local customers too.

Thank you to Calgary for hosting this training session.

Herrington’s – 2019 Mayor’s Honour Roll Recipient

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The new year 2020 started off great for Herrington’s. On January 5th Brent Herrington was presented with a Certificate of Congratulations, as a 2019 Mayor’s Honour Roll Recipient for volunteer contributions and making a difference in our community over the last 20 years.

Some of the contribution highlights included:

  •  “For Goodness Steak” fundraiser for Port Perry Hospital Foundation with donations just under $15,000 over 2 years.
  • Supporting many community activities:
    • Blackstock Minor Hockey
    • Port Perry Angels
    • Amazing Race Port Perry
    • many Port Perry Churches,
    • House Tours
    • Dinners, etc.
  • For the past 15 years, donating the burgers for every participant for the Terry Fox Run.
  • Winning the prestigious award of Ontario’s Finest Butcher to help put Port Perry on the map, and
  • To now be competing on Team Canada at the 2020 World Butchers’ Challenge.

Brent would like to express his thanks to his family, and staff and wonderful customers for contributing to this achievement and for all the continued support as he continues to train and compete for Canada at the 2020 World Butchers’ Challenge.

World Butchers’ Challenge – September 5th, 2020

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Team Canada Practice

Mark your calendar for the World Butchers’ Challenge which will take place in Sacramento on September 5th, 2020, with our very own Brent Herrington as a Team Canada member/competitor.

Meet all 16 Teams featuring 96 competing worlds best butchers. The Worlds’ Butchers’ Battle takes place in the Land of the Kings to see who will reign and bring the title home.

Stay up to date on the latest news  which we will also try to share here, as we get closer to the big date.

Thank you for supporting Team Canada to get to the “The Greatest Butcher Event on Earth” by:

Go Brent and Go Team Canada! Let’s bring the title home!

Ontario’s Finest Butcher Competition – 2019

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Ontario's Finest Butcher Competition 2019The Ontario’s Finest Butcher competition is hosted by Meat and Poultry Ontario. “This competition is all about paying homage to the butcher, a culinary star that is often forgotten,” says Franco Naccarato, MPO executive director.

This competition began 6 years ago to showcase and the skill in butchers shops and meat processing in Ontario. The competition is also used to promote this skilled profession which has a labour-shortage.

The theme for the 2019 competition held October 26-27, was “Outdoor Cooking”.

Don the Official Champion’s Black Jacket!

Our very own Brent Herrington, with 30 years of meat cutting mastery, outperformed his 2 competitors and won! Similar to the Masters Golf Tournament where the green jacket is the presented to the winner, Brent donned Ontario’s Finest Butcher Competition’s official champion’s black jacket. He also took home a prize package valued over $3,000 including a Minimax Big Green Egg™ , YETI Tundra cooler and Traeger smoker.

Brent Herrington, middle, with Franco Naccarato, MPO Executive Director, and Carol Goriup, MPO President

I’m ecstatic to win the title. Putting our trade in the spotlight will help us all find more qualified people,” says Herrington. “I hope butchers continue to try out, meet new people, and stretch the boundaries of their skill.”

Onward and Upward

Brent will continue performing and testing his skills as he will be joining Team Canada in the World Butchers’ Challenge in Sacramento in September of 2020.

We couldn’t be prouder and will be cheering you on!

Brent Herrington – Ontario’s Finest Butcher!

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2019 Ontario's Finest Butcher Brent HerringtonYou heard it here first.

Our very own Brent Herrington qualified for the finals of Ontario’s Finest Butcher competition.The elimination round was held in September, with ten competitors from across the province given 30 minutes to transform a fresh pork bone-in leg, bone-in butt, and bone-in loin, into display ready cuts.

The competitors were judged on the degree of difficulty,  and their skill/efficiency level in boning, trimming and cutting, primal cut utilization and financial performance.

It was a great display in the elimination round, as the video below portrays, and Brent made it to the top 3 finalists.

The finals were held this past weekend, October 26-27 in Niagara Falls and he WON!!

Presentation of Ontario's Finest Butcher AwardBrent was up against some fierce competition facing off in the final round against Doug Easterbrook of Townsend Butchers and Steve Toms of Fortinos. All finalists were given 30 minutes to prepare 2 chickens, a leg of lamb and a beef rib to prepare beautiful merchandisable items that would be judged.

The judges scores combined with attendee’s votes determined that Brent was the winner!!

The award was presented at The Academy Awards of the Ontario Meat Industry  – MPO Red Carpet Awards Gala 2019!  Download the MPO Gala Press Release (pdf).

This was the sixth year of this annual competition.

Congrats from Jacqueline to Brent on the win! It takes great teamwork!

Congrats from Jacqueline to Brent on the win! It takes great teamwork!

We are so proud that Port Perry can also now showcase, Ontario’s Finest Butcher. We knew it all along!

 

Thanksgiving Hours and Meal Planning

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Order Turkey sticky on calendar

Thanksgiving is next weekend so it’s time for Thanksgiving orders. Order your Turkey,Ham, Prime Rib, Lamb, or custom order today!

Pick up dates are:

  • October 10th – 9-7
  • October 11th – 9-7
  • October 12th – 9-5

When you stop in to pick up your turkey and ham and other orders, please note:  we are CLOSED Sunday October 13th and Monday October 14th for Thanksgiving!

Turkey

We have everything you need for Thanksgiving including:

  • turkey
  • ham
  • spiced stuffing bread cubes
  • gravy
  • and more!

We have much to be thankful for.  Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Please Support World Butchers’ Challenge 2020

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Team Canada World Butcher's Challenge 2020A GoFundMe campaign has been set-up to help the Canadian Team as they prepare to compete at the World’s Butcher’s Challenge 2020. Alternatively, available for purchase are short sleeve or long sleeve T-shirts for $30 which supports the team and also shows your support.

For this competition, competitors must travel across Canada to practice together, not to mention the expense of travel to California. This fundraising campaign will help with the travel expenses.

Funds raised from this campaign will also help defer other associated costs such as uniforms, props, and ‘practice’ proteins.

Support your local butcher, and support our Canadian Team! Go Canada!

Try Herrington’s just once and you’ll be hooked!

Choose your favourite cuts from our meat counter or have us custom cut to your specifications! We are your local butcher and we are here for you!

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