Meet the Meat Market

ASU”s Meat Market offers special service

By Eunice Tibay
On February 23, 2018

Photo byAxel Marcenaro
A student waits for lunch in the Ranch Smokehouse. The Smokehouse is located in the Crossroads Café next to Create and Chik-Fil-A.

The ASU Meat Market provides students an inside look at meat processing and sells fresh meat products with a 10% discount on Fridays.

"I think it’s proactive as it gets the community involved," sophomore Rut Zapata said. "And it also gets students involved."

The Meat Market sells beef, goat, lamb, and pork products that are fresh or fully cooked.

"There are primarily two freezers holding vacuum packed products," instructor and research associate Robert Cope said. "One is fresh products that have not been cooked and the other is fully cooked product."

Customers can find ground meat, steaks and meat chops in the fresh freezers while sausages, bacon and smoked briskets, among many others, can be found in the cooked products freezer.

Located on the Management, Instruction, and Research Center on 7945 Grape Creek Road six miles north of San Angelo, the Meat Market is part of the Food Safety and Product Development (FSPD) Laboratory.

Students majoring in Animal Science and Food Animal Science can observe at the FSPD lab how processing meat is done.

"Students will have the opportunity to see the process of taking market animals all of the way to the finished product," Cope said. "The Meat Market allows us to be responsible and utilize products produced through this process. It is important for them to understand the process regardless of where they are in the production sectors as they are all dependent on the other."

Cope also stated that students who are planning on getting into the meat industry can get a platform to do research projects, which can help them in job placements.

In addition to selling meat, the Meat Market also does custom harvesting of meat products, including harvesting, aging, processing and packaging.

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