Monday, June 10, 2013, is the grand opening of Duba & Company. You’ll be able to come to our website, peruse our inventory, and place an order. In anticipation of that event, here are five reasons to celebrate heritage meats.

FLAVOR. Two ideas here: fuller flavor and distinctive terroir. You’ll notice that, unlike conventional meat, heritage meats have fuller flavor. You’ll also notice a difference in flavor profiles from one farm to the next as you’re able to taste the geography of each region (the terroir), including the diet of the animals. Other factors that influence the flavor profile of the meats Duba & Company purveys include: the craft of the farmer or rancher; the breed of animal from which the meat comes (e.g. Scottish Highland beef versus Red Poll beef); the aging the meat undergoes; and the age of the animal at harvest.

NUTRIENT-DENSE. Heritage meats are raised primarily on pasture without growth hormones or prophylactic antibiotics. Further, they are higher in omega-3 fatty acids (“good fat”) and lower in omega-6 fatty acids (“bad fat”). In truth, the human body needs both kinds of fatty-acids, but it’s about ingesting them in the proper ratio. Conventional beef has a significantly higher ratio of omega-6s to omega-3s compared with heritage beef.

ETHICS. These meats are raised in small batches by dedicated farmers and ranchers in a humane fashion. In keeping with the natural order, these animals are not treated as if they were inanimate objects which—we fear—can be a tendency in the factory farm model.

CONSERVATION. Think of heritage meats (and heirloom vegetables and fruits) as the National Parks System of food. Eating them ensures the preservation of rare breeds and rare varieties of vegetables and fruits. Sadly, many animal breeds and vegetative varieties have become extinct in the 20th Century, an era that witnessed the rise of the factory food system which largely ignored the diversity of our food supply. Eating heritage meats, therefore, is an investment in biodiversity.

ROMANCE. Tangibly, heritage meats capture the historic flavor of meats enjoyed by our ancestors. Intangibly, they are potent embodiments of the mystique and ethos of the Old World, the West, and the Shire…

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