Not every grocery store has a full-service meat counter, but Florence High School does.
This is the fifth year of the student-run meat market located in this small town about an hour north of Austin.
Although the meat science program has been around for almost 25 years, the open-to-the-public meat market, which is located on the south side of the school's agriculture building, opened in 2000 as a way for students to gain customer service and retail skills and learn about food safety. The students don't process wild game or slaughter animals in the facility, but Florence High School is the only AA school in Texas that has a complete meat processing laboratory and full-service meat market.
The market is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday, and it's closed from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for lunch. The market is closed any time the school is closed, so if you want to buy one of their holiday cuts of beef, pork or lamb, you'll have to get there by Wednesday of next week. The store also sells beef jerky, pork sausage, bacon and other processed meats.
The market will reopen when school returns on Jan. 8. You can find out more about the market and meat science program at florenceffa.com.