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.


Ben Slayton and Erin Cinelli, Owners


Ben and Erin got it all started during their year living abroad in Tuscany. There on an organic farm specializing in pastured pork (and ultimately the salumi products that result), they developed a passion for well-raised meat and craft butchery. After a couple of years raising their own animals here in Maine, Ben and Erin switched their focus to building a network of several small farms to support Farmers’ Gate in an effort to bring more locally raised meat to the Maine marketplace. With two young children who have increasingly voracious appetites, they are proud to put good food on the dinner table every night.


Steve Sinisi & Aaron Buckley


The Sinisis of Old Crow Ranch and the Buckleys of Buckley Farm have been planning with Ben Slayton since 2019. Big changes are afoot in 2022. The Farmers' Gate building in Wales has sold to the Amish community but the Farmers' Gate business is being preserved! 

We are building a brand new butcher shop and retail market on Buckley Farm in Leeds and expanding the Old Crow Ranch Farm Store (#OCRFarmStore ) in Durham.

The intention is to never skip a beat of bringing wonderful Maine meats to our customers. We'll be transferring to the newly built Leeds market in Fall of 2022.

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. He will be a critical player in the transition to the new Farmers' Gate Market location.

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