Primal Supply Meats Founder, Heather Marold Thomason wants to change your views on female butchers.
“I’ve had customers at the counter who have looked past me to someone standing behind me who works for me, rather than asking me for help.” Thomason explained. “You know I’ve have them tell me, ‘Oh be careful, that’s sharp,’ or ‘Maybe you should ask a man to do it.’ You know, we’re in a hospitality and service situation so, you know, kind of smile and shrug it off, but I like to just turn around show then what I can do.”
Obviously, being a woman butcher has come with its challenges, as many people still expect a man behind the counter. But Thomason is changing that perception. Her business attracts a lot of women who want to learn the art of butchery. She even holds private classes and demonstrations to share her knowledge with home cooks and professionals.
She explained, “When I was training and trying to break into the trade, I was always the only women among all the men, but now that I am in a leadership position, I have a lot of women that I work with.”
Thomason founded Primal Supply Meats in 2016 along with fellow butcher Cecilie May. Their business is committed to providing sustainable, pasture-raised meat In Philadelphia.