ORLANDO, Fla. - With meat prices on the rise, shoppers now have a new option that could save them some money. Families are buying meat products in parking lots at churches and even skating rinks.
The Washington-based company is called Zaycon Foods!, and the mobile meat market is gaining popularity in Central Florida.
"It's getting very hard and expensive to get a hold of," said Heather Leppared, a mother of two, who says shopping for grass-fed beef at a reasonable price isn't always an easy task. "The grass-fed beef was getting to be $8.50 a pound and so this is a much better deal for us."
So, like many others, Leppard found another option.
"You've got to buy 40 pounds of beef. Sausage -- you have to buy 30 pounds of. Bacon -- you have to buy 36 pounds, so its not for everybody," said Zaycon delivery driver Jim Stephenson.
But more and more people in Central Florida are taking notice.
Registering for the latest deals and picking up their meat at nearby locations.
"We're fresher. When we do chicken, we pick it up about every four days. That's unheard of in grocery stores," Stephenson said.
So from the farm to the truck to your table, it cuts out the middle man, which means savings for you.
"I'm probably saving about $5 a pound on the ground beef," Leppard said.
Shoppers say it's about 15 to 25 percent cheaper than your local grocer.
Nearly 10,000 people are registered in Central Florida, a number that has tripled since March.
Zaycon reps said it has been inspected by the USDA and its meat primarily comes from major suppliers.
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