Fleishers, Beloved Upstate Butcher, coming to Park Slope

  |  August 12, 2011

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of eating a Fleishers’ sausage but aren’t lucky enough to live within a close drive of Kingston, you’ll relish this development: celebrated Upstate butchers Josh and Jessica Applestone will be opening up a shop in Park Slope, at 192 Fifth Avenue, to be precise, across from Bierkraft. They plan to offer their usual range of locally sourced meats, while “beefing up” their frozen and ready-to-serve offerings. Think shepherd’s pie and rotisserie chicken.

It’s an interesting business move, from a shop that has an interesting business model. While being physically based Upstate for years and having a strong local clientele, the Applestones have managed to gain significant name recognition among city folks and city diners. The meat is sourced only from farms with 50 miles of their Kingston storefront and then sold to locals via the meat counter as well as to a wide range of top-tier New York City restaurants.  (They also delivery to NYC customers on Thursdays, for those of you organized enough to plan your weekly meat consumption in advance.)

The Upstate sourcing and Gramercy Tavern stamp of approval give Fleishers’ products locavore and haute dining street cred, while surely enriching the bottom line. Let us know if you think of other Upstate businesses they have managed to live the dream north of the city and then expand down to the masses.

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