Lorentz Meats

The Lorentz family started their business in 1968 with the purchase of a local meat market in Cannon Falls, MN. When Mike Lorentz and his brother Rob took over Lorentz Meats in 1997, they were determined to carry on the legacy their parents had built over decades of providing processing services to local farmers, even while their business was rapidly growing. A new, USDA-inspect­ed facility built in 2000, and a 20,000 sq. ft. addition in 2013 allowed them to process meat and resell it, helping farmers get their products direct to consumers. That comprises a large part of their business these days—including work with Organic Prairie, Thousand Hills Cattle Company and High Plains Bison. But each week they reserve one day for independent, small-scale local livestock farmers. Mike Lorentz says this commitment remains a priority to his family because as advocates for organic, sustainable practices, it’s always made sense to align themselves with niche producers who shared those values. “When you talk about land stewardship and the good work that some farmers are doing, we try to do that as processors,” he says. “We’re in an industry with a reputation of underpaying and discarding people, we try to do the opposite, by investing in training, health care, retirement and competitive wages for our workers.”

Lorentz hams, cured on-site in Cannon Falls, MN, are found almost exclusively at the Wedge and would make an excellent centerpiece for an Easter feast. View Sales & Specials

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