Local Yocal Farm to Market

Downtown Mckinney

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Customer Reviews

167 Ratings

very educational!
Hope M. · October 21, 2012
Very educational and fun!
Monique S. · October 21, 2012
Highly recommend you shop for steaks here!
John K. · October 14, 2012

What You'll Get


Because of modern machinery, traditional butchers are becoming a rarity, going the way of ironsmiths, cobblers, and serfs who acted as ottomans for their lords. Keep the tradition alive with this Groupon.

Choose from Three Options

  • $15 for a Steak 101 class for one (a $30 value)
  • $25 for a Steak 101 class for two (a $60 value)
  • $40 for a Steak 101 class for four (a $120 value)

Steak 101 classes are held on Saturdays beginning Labor Day weekend. During each session, instructors teach students how to select and prepare cuts of beef. Students begin by learning everything from the difference between Prime, Choice, and Select grading, to the real meanings behind marketing terms such as "all-natural," "grass-fed," "wagyu," and "certified Angus." The second half of the class takes place in Local Yocal's cutting room. Pupils gather around an actual carcass to learn about different cuts of meat and whence they originate before watching butchers make the cuts. Classes conclude with a grilling demonstration and steak sampling, including a discussion of cooking techniques and a tasting of finished products, such as wagyu beef, a Japanese breed famous for its extensive marbling. Students should dress appropriately, as they’ll spend 30–45 minutes inside the 45-degree butcher’s room, and they must wear closed-toe nonslip shoes.

Local Yocal Farm to Market

Matthew and Heather Hamilton believe in local beef. Trading in corporate jobs to raise their own cattle in 2009, the couple began Genesis Beef, and eventually opened Local Yocal Farm and Market, a butcher shop selling free-range beef and pasture-raised pork, chicken, and eggs. The two haven’t looked back since.

Local Yocal Farm to Market’s grass-fed cattle meander across the Hamilton family farm, where their caretakers swap out growth stimulants and antibiotics in favor of fresh air. At the shop, an in-house butcher with more than 25 years of experience ages and cuts beef to customer specifications. Visitors can imbibe some of this expertise during classes that teach beef aficionados the difference between a sirloin, a filet, and a rubber steak covered in dog drool. In addition to top cuts of meat, the shop’s shelves also bear the fruits of other locally sourced businesses, including Veldhuizen cheeses, Aduro Bean coffees, and Willow Creek Bee Company's goat's-milk soaps and honey.

The Fine Print


Promotional value expires Nov 2, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. 1-week cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price may apply. For the butcher-room portion of class: must dress to sustain 45-degrees for 30-45min. Must wear closed-toe, non-slip shoes. Must pull back long hair or wear a hat. Classes must be used by the same person. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Local Yocal Farm to Market


Matthew and Heather Hamilton believe in local beef. Trading in corporate jobs to raise their own cattle in 2009, the couple began Genesis Beef, and eventually opened Local Yocal Farm to Market, a butcher shop selling free-range beef and pasture-raised pork, chicken, and eggs. The two haven’t looked back since.

Local Yocal Farm to Market’s grass-fed cattle meander across the Hamilton family farm, where their caretakers swap out growth stimulants and antibiotics in favor of fresh air. At the shop, an in-house butcher with more than 25 years of experience ages and cuts beef to customer specifications. Visitors can partake in some of this expertise during classes that teach beef lovers the difference between a sirloin, a filet, and a rubber steak covered in dog drool. In addition to top cuts of meat, the shop’s shelves also bear the fruits of other locally sourced businesses, including Full Quiver Cheeses and Drinkable yogurts, Aduro Bean coffees, and AP's Apiaries Honey.

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