PHOENIX — A Navajo startup is launching a new grocery service in the Valley to increase access to Native American cultural foods.
Alexander Chambers, owner of Chambers Meat Company, said his new business will deliver traditional meats, such as mutton, to customers.
The mutton will be sourced from a sheep farm based in Chandler. Mutton comes from adult sheep and is a key ingredient in many Native American dishes.
“(Mutton) is usually the main dish in almost every ceremony that happens on the reservation,” Chambers said.
He said the idea came about when he discovered people did not have easy access to Navajo mutton or lamb meat in Phoenix.
“Anyone can drive to one of the border towns and buy their lamb and mutton meat at their local trading post, but here in the Valley … it’s pretty hard to find,” the self-branded Navajo entrepreneur said.
Seeing the need for high-quality traditional meats, he came up with the idea of a free delivery service that would start in the metro Phoenix area with the plan of expanding further north.
Initially, Chambers Meat Company will be a delivery service only. However, Chambers is looking to open a meat shop in Phoenix as well. Further down the road, he hopes to provide meats to the restaurant industry as well.
“I want every restaurant owner here in the Valley to know that if you want fresh, quality Navajo mutton, this is where you’ll be able to buy it,” he said.