posted on Thursday, July 1, 2021 in Central Region News
Five years ago, local hog producer Brad Lundell of Odebolt was community and also incorporate his passion for locally grown and processed pork.
Having kids in the Odebolt school at the time, and knowing how much they love pork burgers, he thought, Why not give all of the kids in school the opportunity to enjoy these burgers?
Lundell had a couple pigs he had raised on his farm butchered at the local Odebolt Locker, which was known for having some of the best barbecue pork burgers around.
He teamed up with Roger Bumann, head of the Ida County Pork Producers, and his brother, Brian Lundell, also a local hog producer, to grill pork burgers during the last week of school for the students.
The grill out was such a success that the Lundells and Bumann made this a yearly occasion, expanding to the OABCIG High School in 2019 and grilling at all three school buildings in 2021.
"It's great to see the excited faces on the kids when they hear they're getting pork burgers for lunch," said Brian Lundell.
"It's also a way where they can learn that this food was raised and processed here in our local community," stated Brad Lundell.
Helping with this year's grilling were Lundell employee Tyson Blackman, local community supporter Brent Rohlk, Iowa Pork Ambassador Paige Dagel and AMVC production manager Todd Steinkamp.
"We are very proud to grow pigs for a wonderful company like AMVC. They have that family-farm feel to their company, and I love that about them" said Brian Lundell.
As far as the burgers, because the Odebolt Locker has been closed for the past couple of years, the Lundells utilized area lockers: Tiefenthaler Quality Meats from Holstein and Arcadia Meats from Arcadia.
Pictured from left to right: Brent Rohlk, Brian Lundell, Roger Bumann, Paige Dagel, and Brad Lundell.
Article credit to the Ida County Courier
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