Another milestone - Meat processing plant expanding

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By Mercy Lopez

The Martinez family’s dream came to fruition nearly a year ago with the opening of Martinez and Sons Processing, and the family business keeps expanding. This time around the business is selling frozen USDA inspected beef with the hopes of selling freshly harvested beef within the next few months, if all goes as planned.

“We are selling more frozen meat to the public for now until we finish the second part of the building,” said owner Timoteo Martinez in an interview Monday. “That’s where you can come in there and see a meat case with various cuts of both beef and pork ready to purchase, but until that happens you can still come here and get frozen beef.”

Martinez said the product is free of hormones and is just pure natural beef from the field to the dinner plates.

He said the company, located at 28 Sale Barn Road off the Interstate 25 frontage road, south of Las Vegas, has ground beef, brisket, roasts, New York steaks, Porterhouse steaks, prime rib, Rib Eye steaks, T-Bone steaks and other type of cuts for sale. The price is based on the market cost at the time.

On Monday, for example, ground beef was selling for $3.75 a pound and lean ground beef for $4 a pound.

The USDA mark means the local business follows the strict guidelines outlined by the USDA, including having a USDA inspector at the facility at all times.

“We do exactly what they say from the beginning to the end,” Martinez said. “We want to make sure that the animal is taken care of. They are going to their final resting place on our plates, but we still got to take care of them.”

Martinez said several local and Santa Fe restaurants have already purchased meat to serve to their patrons.

“It all comes down to a price war, but what are you really getting on your plate,” Martinez said, adding that, in his view, the meat he sells is better than the competition.

“The opening of our facility has given people jobs. It is also bringing something back to this community that we lost: agricultural business,” Martinez said.

The business has even started making house calls, going to area homes to sell its frozen beef products. This past weekend they were in Wagon Mound and Watrous.

Those interested can also purchase meat directly from the store. The business is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Martinez said he hopes to open the fresh meat market of the building by March, but for now, frozen beef is available for purchase.

For more information, call 454-1490.