B is For Butcher
Beet Farmer Jody Osmund is blogging his way through the alphabet. In this installment, he visits the letter B for butcher and also B is for someone he wants you to meet.
Okay, we run a meat CSA – that’s community supported agriculture. (If you’re new to this and would like to learn more our farm and CSA visit us at Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm. If you’d like to find a CSA in your area got to Local Harvest. If you’re in Chicago, visit The Local Beet.)
We raise our animals in ways that nurture their true natures. We’re mindful that their well being is dependent upon us, just as our sustenance is dependent on them. It is a relationship grounded with respect and reverence.
But, to become the nourishing goodness that goes into our monthly shares, their lives must end. We take great care with our animals and work to ensure that the same care is taken when they become meat.
Luckily, we have a fantastic butcher who does his job as thoughtfully as we do ours. His name is Scott Bittner.
Scott runs the only butcher shop in the state of Illinois that can do certified organic butchering for red meat animals (beef, pork, lamb, goat). Although we are NOT a certified organic farm, this is important to us and our customers as it means that only organic methods and ingredients are used in the processing of our meats (no MSG, added nitrates etc).
Bittners (Scott and his wonderful staff) are an important part of our farm’s community, and we appreciate all they do!