Everything at this friendly shop comes from small family farms within 150 miles of the North Shore that put an emphasis on humane treatment and sustainable farming. Owners Lisa and Warren Means know all about the provenance of every piece in their beautiful case, which is full of classics like chicken breast and marinated steak tips. But if you’re willing to delve a little deeper, you’ll find this shop really shines with nose-to-tail butchery. They break down pork, lamb and whole sides of beef continuously, meaning the product couldn’t be any fresher. In addition to offering New York Strip cut to order, there are unique steaks like Bavette and Denver to explore. Don’t miss the house-cured charcuterie, with items like coppa, lonza, bresaola, and house-made patés. Or just grab a selection of their creative sausages—we love the Southwestern Chicken, made with black bean and corn, the BLT; packed with their house-cured bacon; and the Poutine, rich with potatoes and gravy.
226 Merrimac St., Newburyport, 978-465-6500, themodernbutchershop.com