After running Concord Prime & Fish for four years, Michael Dulock closed up and went scouting for a location for his new butchering project — selling only local, pasture-raised beef, pork, lamb, and goat. Dulock, an Everett native, wanted to explore options closer to the city. He was quite surprised to see how much Davis Square had changed since his childhood. Craigslist turned up his small, airy space on Highland Avenue, outside the square, now M.F. Dulock Pasture-Raised Meats. Farmer-purveyors produce fewer than 10 animals a year and the setup offers them the chance to sell meat for what they would get at a farmers’ market, minus the hassle of freezing, storing, and going to market (bone-in pork chops cost $10 a pound, leg of lamb is about $13 pound, NY strip steak, the most expensive cut here, is $25 a pound). Dulock buys whole animals, which means that once he sells, say, the beef flank steak ($19 a pound), there are no more that day, but he works with customers to find other suitable cuts for recipes. He is also happy to share what he learned. “I want you to know this was a living, breathing animal that someone raised,” he says.
M.F. Dulock Pasture-Raised Meats, 201a Highland Ave., Somerville, 617-666-1970, www.mfdulock.com.