Dollars and Sense

We’re living in unique times with challenges piling up on all fronts. The nation is wracked by civil and political turmoil, and the cost of living is taking a toll on everyone’s pocketbook and morale. 

One of the biggest challenges we face is inflation. It’s getting more and more difficult to keep food in our bellies, fuel in the gas tanks, and dollars in our bank accounts. What makes it even more difficult is that individuals and businesses alike are feeling the pain. I have to keep the freezers running whether I’ve got only two orders in them or they are jam-packed. So businesses, including my own, are forced to make decisions that — without a doubt — can be unpopular. In my case, it has meant increasing the prices for meat processing at F1 Meats.

I’ve worked hard to keep my prices low and affordable, and — truth be told — they still are even after the increases. But opportunists have seized an inroad. They bring their animals to process under the watch of the USDA inspector at F1 Meats and then turn around and sell the meat to the public for double or more of what I would sell it for at the Chop-N-Block. It took some time, but slowly we came to realize we were grossly undervaluing our service.

I’m no stranger to the ag community here in Polk County. I’ve witnessed its growing pains and sat shoulder to shoulder with my customers as they married loved ones or buried the forefathers who worked to make this community the gem it is. I’m not some fly-by-night retailer; I’m one of you. 

I’m able to sell quality protein for a couple of dollars below retail at Chop N Block because I cut out the middlemen. 

At the end of the day, I must pay my light bill, keep the freezers humming, and keep my talented staff employed. If I don’t take care of my workers, we can’t help you. And if I can’t help you, why am I doing this?

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