Bytable Marketplace is Closing - Effective November 18, 2022
Bytable Marketplace is Closing.
Bytable Marketplace will cease all operations starting November 18, 2022.
Our final deadline for orders will be Sunday, November 13 at 5pm MT. These orders will be delivered on Thursday, November 17. We will still be available via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any customer service needs after this time.
Please redeem any unused digital gift cards or account credits for Bytable Marketplace before 5pm on November 13th. Gift cards, credits, and coupons will no longer be redeemable after November 13, 2022.
About the Closure
Since Bytable Marketplace took form in early 2018, we have dedicated ourselves to ensuring quality, regenerative meats were made accessible and affordable to anyone wishing to purchase them. At the time, there were very few options for purchasing these products unless you were lucky enough to know the farmer directly (and to have them operate near you!).
We believed, and still do believe, the key to food systems and food production practices that will support humanity long-term is conscious consumerism - doing the research on products and companies before giving them your hard-earned dollars, and choosing to support people doing the right thing. This is important in many different aspects of life, but we believe it is most important when it comes to our food purchases and consumption.
While we love working in this industry, the food business has always been a difficult one. With some of the lowest margins of any industry, we have been greatly affected by rising costs across the board - fuel costs, shipping, and packaging on one end, and increased costs for our producers on the other. Combined with inflation, the result has been an insurmountable squeeze.
The world is a vastly different place now than it was when we started in 2018. Collectively, we have survived shortages, lockdowns, uncertainty, and loss. We have experienced many victories, large and small.
Through it all, we are most proud to have provided reliable access to quality food products to some of the most vulnerable members of our communities during the COVID-related food shortages, lockdowns, and supply chain challenges. We are second most proud that there have been other businesses who have since gained a stronger foothold in this incredibly difficult business. We like to think we had a part to play in that - by championing regenerative agriculture and publishing educational content, it feels like we not only reached a personal goal, but we have contributed to the movement of providing options for people to support farmers doing the right thing. There are simply more of those opportunities within the industry than there were a few years ago, and we hope it continues to grow.
While we are deeply saddened that we will not see our wonderful customers through another holiday season, we hope you can find new traditions to cherish for your holiday meals this year and beyond. Below are some resources that may help:
Where to Order Thanksgiving Turkeys:
Gunthorp Farms has pasture raised Thanksgiving turkeys available for shipping to select states, arriving the week of November 9. States available for shipping include Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, & Wisconsin.
White Oak Pastures has pasture-raised turkeys currently available for pre-order and offers shipping to all states, with most of the East and West states being in their $15 ground shipping range. Estimated delivery is November 14 - 21.
Where to Find Our Producers:
Callicrate Beef and Pork - Callicrate Beef and Pork as well as other Ranch Foods Direct products (including Gunthorp Farms products) can be ordered for shipment or in-store pickup at their website, www.ranchfoodsdirect.com.
Gunthorp Farms Pork & Poultry - Some of the pork and poultry products from Gunthorp Farms can be ordered from their website, https://gunthorpfarms.com/. They ship to select states only. You can also find their products for delivery in the Chicago/Milwaukee area from Fresh Picks (freshpicks.com), and occasionally limited cuts for shipment on Crowdcow (https://www.crowdcow.com/ranch/gunthorp-farm).
White Oak Pastures Beef, Lamb, Pork, and Poultry - White Oak Pastures is a cornerstone of regenerative agriculture and a true inspiration for meat e-commerce businesses. You can order all their products for shipment across the country from their online store, https://whiteoakpastures.com/.
Kwee-Jack Fish Co. - Kwee-Jack Wild-Caught Alaskan Salmon and Halibut can be purchased directly from them at https://eatwildsalmon.com/. Some products are pre-order only. Shipping is available to most states.
Rafter W Ranch Lamb and Beef - Rafter W Ranch grassfed lamb and beef can be ordered from their website - https://rafterwranch.net/. They offer pickups at varying locations along the Colorado Front Range, and they offer some home delivery in Colorado.
Parker Pastures Lamb and Beef - Parker Pastures’ grassfed lamb and beef can be ordered directly from them on their website - https://www.parkerpastures.com/. They offer shipping to all of Colorado for all their products, and some out of state shipping on some products.
Becker Farms - Becker Farms, who provides our turkey products, offers a CSA and their beef, pork, chicken, turkey products for home delivery in the Indianapolis area from their online store, https://beckerfarmsin.com/.
Other Resources for Regenerative Meats Delivery:
Grass Roots Co-Op (https://grassrootscoop.com/)- USA raised, small-scale processed, regenerative meats in one place, shipping everywhere. Grass Roots Co-Op is one of the most similar models to Bytable Marketplace, and functions as a cooperative for regenerative farmers to aggregate and distribute their products directly to consumers.
Rep Provisions (https://repprovisions.com/) - Land to Market Certified Regenerative Meats for shipping across the United States, with a focus on bundles. Our only beef is that they don’t list the farm for each cut.
As always, the best option for sustainable, quality meats is to shop local when possible.
By supporting local businesses, we ensure that key infrastructure for local and regional food supply stays intact.
Local Harvest (https://www.localharvest.org/) - Local Harvest maintains a directory of local farms offering local food and other products - use their directory to find farms and food events near you.
A Final Thank You
Finally, for everyone who has supported us, whether by placing an order, spreading the word, sharing a link, or liking a post - we are honored to have had the opportunity to share our passion for delicious, high quality, ethically-raised food with you. You all have made what we do all the more enjoyable.
Thank you for your support over the years, and we wish you all the very best for the future.
The Bytable Team