Heritage & Legacy
Fleisher’s Meats carries premium products from local farmers who have raised their animals on a primarily grass-based diet or organically-raised. These animals live natural stress-free lives and are not treated with antibiotics, hormones or fed animal-by-products and therefore produce healthy, great-tasting meat, milk and eggs. We consider ourselves partners with farmers who share our standards and practices.
We believe Fleisher’s Meats is about more than just great food. We think the act of eating is inherently a political one. Every bite of food that you consume affects someone or something; the animal it came from, the farmer that raised that animal, the environment and your health. For us, starting Fleisher’s was a philosophical choice.
It’s a choice that not only Hudson Valley residents have responded to, but chefs as well. In 2006 the NY Times called us a “matchmaker between chefs and farmers” and we have been honored to sell to some of the finest restaurants in New York City like Gramercy Tavern and Mario Batali’s Casa Mono and Bar Jamon as well as places much closer to home like Krumville’s Country Inn and the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America.
The History of Fleisher’s Meats
In 1901 Wolf Fleisher came to America to ply his trade as a kosher butcher. His shop, Fleisher’s Meats, soon became a beloved fixture in his Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn neighborhood, known for high-quality beef and poultry and Wolf’s exacting standards. His sons, Joseph and Jack followed in their father’s footsteps. Fleisher’s Meats continued to grow, building on the reputation Wolf had created by offering superb meats and fine service. Grandpa Jack’s passion influenced his grandson Josh to choose a life in food.
Opening Fleisher’s Grass-fed and Organics Meats, was a natural evolution but for both of us Fleisher’s is not just about the product—opening Fleisher’s was a philosophical choice as well.
Our goal was to create a place where people can come and feel good about what they eat. Not only because it is delicious, but because they know that the animals were raised and slaughtered humanely; that they are buying a product that doesn’t contain antibiotics or hormones. Our real concern, however, was one that was solved almost instantly when we opened our doors.
We had hoped to recreate the soul of the original Fleisher’s Meats – the intimacy and the neighborhood feel – and somehow it has happened naturally. Our customers often come into our shop and reminisce how it reminds them of the butcher shops of their youth. They love it because of that very feeling. More than anything else we think Grandpa Jack would be proud for somehow recreating the essence of the original shop.