Fill Your Soul As
Much As Your Belly
The Way Meat Should Be
Farmers’ Gate Market is farmer owned!
In 2023 Buckley Farms in Leeds became the sole owner of the market after providing years of quality Grass Fed Beef to prior owner Ben Slayton. It has been Aaron and Rebecca's dream to grow the market and to serve both the community and the local farm producers. We currently work with approximately a dozen Maine farms to provide the high quality Maine-grown meats our customers are accustomed to as well as other local products.
We take great pride in serving Maine families with the best local meat available. Working with exceptional Maine farmers who meet our criteria is one way we ensure top quality products. The other way is by doing all the meat processing in-house. Our butchers are trained to cut meat hanging from the rail. As a result, we can ensure safe handling of all our products and we retain complete knowledge about everything we sell – from pasture to plate.
But our role in the local agricultural system is bigger than just selling meat. We look for creative ways to build awareness about local, sustainably raised and craft-butchered meat. That means sharing the stories of our farms and our farm partners who work their tails off to make good meat happen. That means preserving the knowledge, skills, and culture of whole carcass butchery. And that means incorporating old world traditions with new technology and creativity to provide great cuts of meat and exciting value added products to our customers.
The Farmers’ Gate highly experienced and friendly staff are always ready to welcome you to the market!
We are honored to partner with a growing list of Maine farms who help us supply our customers with year round pasture-raised meats. In addition to being committed to continuous improvement, our farm partners must meet our four basic criteria:
Pasture-based farm system
Respectful treatment of animals
Sustainable use of resources in their farm practices
Good and honest people