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The Suters

As Kenneth Suter pulls up to meet you in his souped-up Geo Tracker, you know right away that this is a guy who can fix anything. While a lesser man might get out of his truck to take down one of the temporary fences that dot his property, Kenneth has rigged his truck with various contraptions that do it for him. Not that he's a lazy man. No, he'd just rather save that time and energy for the orphan calf in the barn or for building the getaway cabin that sits on the other side of his property.

Clearly, it's in his genes. Kenneth's Suter ancestors arrived in Missouri in the 1830s, having crossed through Kentucky and Illinois to get there (Kenneth still wonders why they didn't just settle in the rolling hills of Kentucky), and he's the descendent of one of three brothers who staked their claim, found brides, and hunkered down to create flourishing farms and families. The land the Suters farm today is the same that his ancestors have farmed since 1836.

They were definitely hearty. Kenneth shares the story of one of the brothers, who broke his jaw during a fast-paced buggy race when he was just 18. As it healed, his jaw fused permanently shut, and he spent the rest of his life eating strips of food through a gap in his front teeth. Did he live just a few more years in lonely solitude? No, he found himself a wife, had lots of children, and lived to the ripe old age of 90.

"We're from the Show Me State, so we knew that we had to produce consistent results before buying into it completely. We raised another steer, and then a third, and that's when we knew we were onto something."

It's that same pioneering spirit that led Kenneth and his wife Pat to raise grass-fed animals. From years of firsthand experience, the Suters saw that traditional farming methods were wasting the resources of the land. Cattle picked off the choicest grasses when they grazed, then had to be fed grain shipped in from other farms. Finally, the animals were sold to big business to finish their lives on a feedlot before heading to your table. It seemed like a whole lot of effort for not much reward.

So when the Suters learned about grass-fed farming, they were more than willing to give it a try. They had acres of good grassland; why not put it to good use? But they were really sold when their first experiments yielded a truly outstanding product. Tender, flavorful, and rich in nutrients, it was the best meat either of them had ever tasted. Still, one good harvest wasn't enough for Kenneth and the other three farm families.

"We're from the Show Me State, so we knew that we had to produce consistent results before buying into it completely. We raised another steer, and then a third, and that's when we knew we were onto something."

Ten years later, the Suters are as committed as ever to providing the very best meat for their consumers, and they take pride in their direct relationship with the people who buy from U.S. Wellness Meats. Even better, they know that they are keeping their land healthy so that generations of Suters can farm it for years to come.

And if you're ever in their neck of the woods, maybe you'll be lucky enough to get an invitation to dinner at their cozy cabin, set by a small pond in a protected hollow on the back side of their property. Between the grass-fed meat and Pat's delicious brownies, you'll be thoroughly content. And though there's no running water, if you're really lucky, Kenneth might just heat a pan of water on the wood-burning stove and do the dishes.