Who We Are
Butchery is a craft, a work in progress.
Butchery is ultimately about having confidence in every movement, while keeping an open mind and always trying new things.
We are constantly learning at Farmers’ Gate… from trials with each new carcass that gets hung on our rail… from books written by our predecessors and contemporaries… and from our customers, who are always pushing us to try new cuts and preparations that they read about in magazines or see on cooking shows.
The common thread among Farmers’ Gate butchers is the hunger. Like our customers, we too are hungry for good homegrown food – meat raised locally on pasture by farm families who are thinking about the future.
Owners: Aaron and Rebecca Buckley
In August of 2023 Farmers’ Gate Meats, LLC, a partnership made up of Aaron & Rebecca Buckley of Buckley Farms in Leeds took the big step of buying Farmers’ Gate Market, the whole animal butcher shop that their farm had relied on for years to buy the high quality meats they produced.
Earlier in the year a new butcher shop and retail market on Buckley Farms was built. This allowed the Buckley's to continue their dream of growing Farmers' Gate Market and serving both the community and local farm producers.
Buckley Farms is a fourth generation family farm producing high quality grass fed beef and specializing in management intensive grazing technique.
Aaron and Rebecca enjoy being in the shop and can often be seen lending a hand to the staff. Stop on by and say Hi when you find yourself on a beautiful drive through Leeds, Maine.
Matt Lewis, Head Butcher
Matt has been working for Farmers' Gate since 2016. He has worked his way up to Head Butcher & Shop Manager, after starting as a dishwasher at age 16. A local kid with deep roots in the area, Matt has dedicated himself to learning the craft of butchery & has developed his general management skills along the way.
These are the faces of the amazing Farmers' Gate Market staff that keep this place running smoothly!