Shoppers discover that the meat ain’t cheap, but Black farmers have quality proteins that are becoming in high demand. Get you some for the fall and winter holiday.
On market days, sometimes you can see former NBA All-Star, Amar’e Stoudemire and his family selling pasture-raised, ethically bred steaks from their Black Angus herd. The Stoudemire family raises cattle on nearly 200 acres of land in Dutchess County, New York, along with harvesting maple syrup and curating specialty seasonings.
Stoudemire’s final year in the NBA, in 2013, ended with him leading the New York Knicks to the playoffs—a feat that had not been accomplished for a decade. Little did many know, following Stoudemire’s last season in the NBA, he would launch Stoudemire Farms two years later. In his rising as a farmer, Stoudemire has taken on a philosophy towards growing that a number of African Americans embrace: farming is a way to assert “dignity in reclaiming food sovereignty. ”
Cattle farming is a dominant field for Black farmers. Currently, most of the ranches are in Texas and Mississippi, according to the USDA. But, Brennan Washington of the Southern Agricultural said that many Georgia ranchers need to be accounted for too.
Black farmers have also been prominent in chickens, hogs, and in some cases, lamb, goat, rabbit and other poultry such as turkey, geese, ducks and Guinea fowl. With the meat cost spike, Black farmers have moved into a cottage part of agriculture to a coveted one, but agriculture takes time to evolve.
A very new rancher, Stoudemire already has requests to ship his beef, but like all new businesses he told a potential customer who asked if he shipped internationally “not yet.”
“We see a lot of people who want to support Black farmers, but they want their food right now, or right around the corner, or shipped to them overnight,” explains Amara Brown of Black Farmers Index. “What I learned, and what we all need to learn, is that growing does nor work like that, if you really want real tomatoes and chickens.”
Black Farmers Index is an initiative-turned-non-profit birthed out of a media project from Ark Republic. The idea was to link consumers directly to Black farmers and growers.
“We were not prepared for the response,” tells Brown. “I get calls from all over the country from people wanting to patronize the farms. That is good. Now what we’re doing is asking folk to be patient as they connect with them. But let me tell you, once you’ve established a relationship, it’s like family.”
Like many across the U.S. who eat meat, they’ve experienced sticker shock from surging prices at grocery stores and restaurants. According to the USDA’s September 2021 report, “food-at-home prices are expected to increase between 2.5 and 3.5 percent, and food-away-from-home prices are expected to increase between 3.5 and 4.5 percent.”
To give more insight, CBS News business analyst and host of “Jill on the Money” Jill Schlesinger says, “After the pandemic started to recede around the world, there was this surging demand for lots of different things, just goods in general.”
She goes on. “Due to the pandemic, there was a lot of capacity that was crimped and added onto that, higher shipping costs. And all this has conspired to create shortages and delays in a wide-range of goods.”
To help consumers find Black farmers selling poultry, meat and fish, here’s a list. Please note, most of these are small-scale farms, so they will sell out.
DorRay Ranch | Webster, FL | Offers cattle grazing, hay and raises Angus cattle for beef sales | Facebook
A & A Farms and Hauling | Chester, SC | Raises and sells, free-ranging, grass-fed and grass finished Angus beef calves | Website
Blackwell’s Farm | Reidsville, NC |Raises and sells Black Angus cattle Facebook
Hunter Farms, Inc. | Jakin, GA | Agriculture cooperative raising grass-fed cattle | Facebook
Strickland Heritage Farms | Athens, GA | Grows and sells Beef cattle | Instagram
Abba Beef | Marion, AL | Raises cattle to sell beef | Facebook
Nix Sustainable Natural Beef Farm | Gainesville, FL | Raises beef cattle using natural, environmental friendly methods | Tel. 305-205-3036
DP Ranch 11 | Calhan, CO | Raises poultry and farm fresh eggs | Facebook
Golden Organic Farms | Pinetop, NC | Offers a more sustainable and healthier choice of pork products | Instagram
Mack Haymaker Cattle Co. | Auburn, AL | Raises and sells beef cattle | Facebook
Scott Fish Farm | Itta Bena, MS | Raises and sells catfish and shellfish | 662-299-0508 or 662-254-7849
Capt. Sin’s Wholesale Seafood | Houston, TX | Provides and delivers freshest quality, locally sourced seafood to include live Louisiana crawfish, fresh Gulf shrimp and crab | Website + Website 2 + Facebook + Instagram
Southern Breeze Seafood | Jacksonville, NC | Fishes and sells fish and shrimp, as well as sells the catch of other fisherfolk | Email: [email protected]
Thompson’s Prawn Farm | Orange County, NC | Harvests and sells prawns | Website
The Gullah Crab | St. Petersburg, FL | Crabber offers live and cooked crabs | Facebook
Bradley Seafood Market | St. Helena, SC | Catches and sells fresh shrimp | Tel. 843-838-2924
Rose Hill Farm | Gloucester, VA | uses farm harvest to create natural and handmade products; Raises Chicken, goat, pork to sell meat | Facebook
Cleav’s Family Market Farm | Bonnieville, KY | Raises hogs, cattle and chickens using natural and humane methods to sell at beef, pork and poultry products in meat bundles: Grows and sells vegetables | Website + Facebook
Sylvanaqua Farms | Earlysville, VA | Raises and sells forest-raised pork and grass-fed Beef; raises and sells pasture-raised chickens; offers eggs from heritage breed and golden comet hens | Website + Instagram
Jones Cattle Company | Atlanta Metro Area, GA | Raises cattle and hogs to sell beef and pork | Instagram
Nanna’s Homestead | Hemet, CA | Raises and sells chickens and pigs |Facebook
Sweeting Ranch | Loyalton, CA | Farms vegetables and raises cattle, lamb and chickens for eggs | Facebook
I-tal Farms | Guilford, IN | Raises and sells chickens and goat meat | Facebook
Fighting to Farm | Ellicott, CO | Raises and sells beef cattle, pigs/hogs, poultry, goat, and lamb. Also offers chicken and duck eggs | Facebook
North Lakes Farm LLC | Brainerd, Minnesota | Raises mangalitsa pork, pastured poultry and free range laying hens
Muse 3 Farm | Greensburg, LA | Raises and sells Angus steers, lambs, goats, turkeys and chickens and offers farm tours | Website | Email: [email protected] | Phone: 770-231-9417 or Phone: 770-633-0861
Thaxton Farm | South Boston, VA | Grows and sells vegetables: Raises chickens and pigs/hogs for fresh eggs and natural pork
Swayback Branch Family Farm | Littleton, NC | Raises and sells pork, chickens, eggs and other meats | Facebook
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