Last week we told you about Proper Meats + Provisions, the Arizona-focused meat shop that will source its products from local farms and food producers. In addition to meat from nose to tail and other housemade products including charcuterie and possibly butter, the store plans to offer customers a selection of food products made by Arizona artisans.
This weekend Proper Meats will host a Vendor Fair to find those products.
Owners Paul and Laura Moir and David Smith are asking Arizona food artisans to come to the still under-construction store in Flagstaff to share their crafts this Saturday and Sunday.
Potential vendors are asked to bring whatever they produce to the store -- for example baked goods, jams, jellies, or "any number of other artistic food forms of expression. " In addition to sharing the products, vendors will undergo onsite interviews.
"Our whole business is built upon a local passion, and this is a great way for area artisans to get their product in front of thousands of like-minded folks who'd prefer to spend their money locally, as opposed to giving it to big-box retailers," Paul Moir says. "When people come here, we want them to leave not just with the finest meats, poultry and cured products, but with an appreciation for the work of local farmers and artisans, and maybe a specialty product or two, too."
The Vendor Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27 at Proper Meats + Provisions, 110 S San Francisco Street in Flagstaff.
Appointments must be scheduled ahead of time by emailing Executive Chef David Smith at [email protected]. Call chef Smith with questions at 503-545-4961.