Why are groceries so expensive? Far beyond the free market ideas of supply and demand, four mega corporations are enjoying record breaking profits, bordering on pandemic profiteering while the American public continues to struggle affording basic food items.
In an ever-changing environment, the consistent supply of quality food cannot be taken for granted. The agricultural industry in America has largely leaned on the reliability of massive supply chains that not only place stress on the environment, but also the consumers’ wallets. Think about a New York resident looking to buy a quality steak for dinner. Why is it that the “go-to” option for a cut of beef is the grocery store?
Grass fed and finished beef is highly regarded in the meat industry as the premium standard for sustainable, healthy red meat. But growing our cattle to the optimum size and ensuring a nutrient dense product isn’t easy. One of the main reasons grass fed beef is considered a premium product is because of the amount of time, space, and energy it takes for cattle to become the desired size on green fields alone.
Like many I pay a lot of attention to the changing seasons and enjoy the cooler days and evenings that Autumn brings to us here on Long Island. Our pastures are primarily filled with cool season perennial grasses and clovers, and this means that once September and October roll through our pastures are booming with growth again.
As I’m sure you’re aware, the Suffolk County Water Authority has declared a stage one water emergency. Water restrictions have been put in place in parts of Suffolk and Nassau counties within the last few days. We are reading daily about dangerous drought conditions across the Western half of the US and similar conditions exist across the rest of the world. It's all very alarming.
Stephen here, Acabonac’s owner and chief rancher. I’d like to share a bit about my relationship to Ukraine and tell you why Acabonac has chosen to support Ukrainians by donating 50% of profits from the sale of our grass-finished Delmonico steaks for the next month.
Acabonac Farms owner Stephen Skrenta recently had the opportunity to speak with local middle school students about how he runs a farm that provides both nutritional beef and supports a sustainable environment.