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Beef that’s close to home

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jason Sethre

In Fillmore County, there are quite a few beef farmers and quite a few beef eaters. Whether steaks, burgers or roasts in a crock pot, local residents like their beef.

But, how much of the locally raised beef circulates within Fillmore County via restaurants?

There are currently five meat processors in Fillmore County, and three of those five locations provide beef to local restaurants.

Ody’s Country Meats and Catering located in Ostrander sells beef to Susie’s Roadhouse (Ostrander), Wolf’s Den (Ostrander), The Stupid Loon Roadside Saloon (Racine), and Johnny Ringo’s Saloon (Spring Valley).

Oak Meadow Meats located in Harmony sells beef to Harmony Golf Course (Harmony), On The Crunchy Side (Harmony), Village Square Restaurant (Harmony), Servicemen’s Club (Preston), and The Don’t Remember Bar (Harmony).

R Four Meats located in Chatfield sells beef to Pedal Pushers (Lanesboro) and JW’s Silver Grille (Chatfield).

Currently, Willie’s Grocery and Locker (Fountain) along with Kraut Valley Locker (Spring Valley) do not sell to any local restaurants, however they do sell beef products over the counter directly to consumers.

And, when we talk about resellers of beef, we cannot forget about Lanesboro Local. According to Andrea Miehlisch, Executive Director of Lanesboro Local, they sell grass-fed and organic beef on consignment with the participation of beef farmers like Ralph Zerbe (Houston), Hilltop Pastures Family Farm (Fountain), Root Prairie Grass Fed (Fountain), and Twin Oaks Farm (Preston).

For those interested in seeking locally grown beef, there are some viable options in Fillmore County. All you have to do is ask around at the local meat lockers or local restaurants. There’s locally grown beef available in nearly every corner of Fillmore County.

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