Ficke Cattle Company – Graze Master Genetics is proud to feature their beef as part of an innovative local food business started by Tom Clutter that allows consumers to purchase local food online and have it delivered straight to their door on bicycle!
Marrow Market & Meats is the fabulous food delivery invention of Clutter who is connecting his passion as a local food chef artiste’ extraordinaire with his customers in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Born in Ames, Iowa, Clutter grew up across the Midwest. It was while he was attending Journalism School in Kansas when he started to cook professionally.
“I wanted to write about food and music,” Clutter, who is also a musician, began. “Then I started cooking at the music festivals too. That’s really when my passion for the local food experience was ignited. It was equally about the people enjoying the food and the food itself. Local food is such a community-building experience.”
Clutter decided the main course for his future career was food, not writing and he found himself being trained by top-notch chefs including the personal chef for Matisyahu, the famous Jewish American alternative rock musician.
“When I moved to Lincoln, I was invited to help open a restaurant here. . . . You could say it was sink or swim training with my feet to the fire,” he said.
Knowing that food was his future, Clutter later returned to school and studied Supply Chain Management. While he was learning about more industrialized systems such as how to move steel around the country he said, “I saw a lot of value in the concepts and how they could be applied to local food efforts.”
He started a food blog, continued to study and most recently traveled to Greece where he learned about their agricultural rise and fall and now the resurgence of local foods in that country as well.
“In Greece they had warnings for our country about not recognizing some of the direction we are headed in terms of too-much vertically integrated, monoculture, industrialized agriculture,” Clutter said.
Clutter’s Meat & Marrow Market idea was also inspired by his friend – Casey Kettler, who owns and operates Quick Release Curriers. The two friends explored how they could make local food more accessible and convenient to customers.
“I asked myself, ‘what do people want that they are not getting today?’” Clutter said. “They want local food to be easy to get and they want to have choices.”
Marrow Market & Meats provides just that. The online market allows food shoppers to choose from a variety of local producers and then delivers your order on a bicycle on a daily basis. It’s simple: shop for local food from anywhere, set your delivery place and time and your order is delivered straight to you.
“It’s so much bigger than food. It’s a movement about creativity and community that is inspired around delicious, nutritious food. It’s about knowing the people involved with raising and growing your food. In turn, those consumers purchasing the food can share their kitchen creations as well.”
Check out: www.marrowmarket.com
Tom Clutter’s Graze Master Burger
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons of ginger (fresh or powdered)
6 ounces of goat cheese
2 pounds of Graze Master Ground Beef
Salt and pepper to taste.
Dice carrots into ¼ cubes and strawberries.
Heat up olive oil in over-medium heat and add diced carrots and strawberries.
Sautee for 2 to 3 minutes, adding balsamic vinegar and ginger until the balsamic smells.
Divide the beef into four to five equal patties and season with salt and pepper
Cook burgers for 6 to 12 minutes over medium flame or heart on the stovetop depending on desired doneness.
Slice cheese into thick slices and top burgers with cheese and carrot chutney/strawberry chutney.