We are guided in our work by these core values:

Dignity – Providing Humanely-Raised Meat 

We only sell humanely-raised meat, and that’s only part of it. Our farmers treat their animals with respect and raise them outdoors on pasture the way nature intended. Our processors are small-scale, family run businesses. Throughout our supply chain, our team builds successful partnerships through honest dialogue and equitable, collaborative decision-making.


Quality – It Starts on the Farm

We source only the highest quality meats from local farmers to ensure every plate that features Firsthand Foods is a memorable experience. Working with the chefs in our community, we share meat quality feedback with our farmers so they can make adjustments to breed selection, feed rations and pasture management to ensure consistently great flavor, marbling and tenderness.

“We believe in sourcing only locally-raised, pastured meats in our three restaurants. There is only one vendor that fits all of our quality and service criteria and that’s Firsthand Foods. For 12 years we have relied on them not only for the great product, but also for the business partnership. Just like us, they are a locally-owned independent business. They are a phone call away and a pleasure to work with. The communication is excellent regarding any changes or special deliveries. I highly recommend working with Firsthand Foods for super high quality, great tasting, and locally raised meats.”

Seth Gross, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Durham, NC

Accountability – From Farm to Table

We trace every piece of humanely-raised meat back to its farm of origin and the ethical farmers who raise it. Our farmers follow strict protocols to take care of the land, water, and air we breathe. We share information and communicate truthfully about how we do business.

Innovation – Disrupting for Good

We are inspired by the challenge of doing business differently in the meat industry and are dedicated to exploring new ideas, building new systems, and creating new products that sustain the success of our employees, supply chain partners, and community.

Firsthand Foods is “….disrupting the way meat is raised and eaten in the Triangle.”

Indy Week, 2019 Triangle Food Awards

Firsthand Foods works with processors to fabricate humanely-raised meat.