Business

Organic meats meet Port Orchard

"Port Orchard is the home for a new business with a meaty attitude - literally. The business, Halftime Meat Supply Co., LLC, offers a new option of purchasing meat that is a little more personal than simply picking up a package of steaks at the supermarket.Manager Jim Lang can explain why.We're there from the day they're born until the day they're slaughtered, said Lang.The business is described by Lang as a meat store, but does not have the actual slaughtering, raising, or butchering of meat on the premises. Halftime Meat Supply Co. is a meat supplier, owned by Jerry Oie of Montana. The meat, which will mainly consist of buffalo and Black Angus beef, is raised on ranches throughout Idaho and Montana.Jim Lang, a local man and graduate of South Kitsap High School, manages the business, along with his lifelong friend George Zacharias.Buffalo has less cholesterol and fat and calories than turkey or chicken, said Lang of the business' main feature. People are wanting to eat healthier, and this is one source where they can do it. For those Port Orchard residents who have not noticed the 'Buffalo Are Coming' sign at the white 1,000-square-foot building downtown, the business is located at 944 Bay Street.An interesting facet of the business is that they strive to sell only organic meats, which Lang describes as 100 percent natural.The meat is 100 percent natural in the feeding and raising of the animals, he said. It is free of chemicals and growth hormones.The animals are fed a 60/40 mixture of hay and grain and are raised for a year and a half to two years before they are ready to be slaughtered. After slaughter, the meat is hung for 21 days and cured, vacuum-sealed, frozen, and ready to be transported.We have a product out there that we think people will like, said Lang. (Our business) means we're in contact with the animals every day, and we can give the customers the whole information and history of the product.Halftime Meat Supply Co.'s product is USDA inspected. Both their buffalo and cattle have gotten A+ ratings, and the product is good for up to a year and a half in the freezer. We're a small operation and can work directly with the customers, said Lang. So far we've gotten a pretty good response.Positive reinforcement about this business is great motivation for Lang, who happens to be a double amputee paraplegic and uses a wheelchair.There's a stigma attached (with being handicapped), but there's opportunities out there. said Lang. It's all about going and pursuing it and making it come true. (Maybe we're) opening up a door for disabled people to start their own little business.Halftime Meat Supply Co. serves those who are interested in both wholesale and retail purchasing. Anybody with an interest to try it, said Lang. I'm hoping (to open) for the second week in May - we have a few loose ends to tie up.The business will be open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There's nobody around here with buffalo year-round that we're aware of, said Lang. Our prices will be very competitive with other stores. We have an excellent product. "

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