LOCALLY GROWN: Business provides local meat and other products at Attica location
May 25, 2022
Burly Brothers Country Butchery opened this week in Attica. The business is among handful of full USDA butchers statewide.
ATTICA — Burly Brothers Country Butchery opened its 10,000-square-foot butchery earlier this month and opened the doors to its storefront for the public this week.
The location at 4154 East Main Street Rd. sells beef and pork raised at location’s sister business, Burly Brothers Land & Cattle Co. It’s owned by third-generation livestock farmers and construction industry professionals.
The venture comes at a time when uncertainty in the global food supply is plaguing the U.S. and elsewhere. Knowing where your food comes from allows consumers to make educated decisions about what they choose to feed their families.
When the impact of COVID-19 restrictions and shutdowns started to disrupt the meat industry, Ryan Piechocki and his family took matters into their own hands.
“I’ve always been fascinated by the industry, even when I was a little kid,” Ryan said. “My great grandfather was a livestock dealer, my grandfather was a dairy farmer, and so on. This has really come full circle for me.”
The name, Burly Brothers Country Butchery, stems from Ryan’s grandfather, Bob Piechocki Sr., who nicknamed Ryan and his brother, Bob Piechocki III, as the “Burly Brothers” because they were able to grow mustaches at a young age. The nickname stuck with the family, leading to a suitable name for the newly opened company.
Customers can purchase an array of locally raised beef, bison, and pork. The Butchery will supply local, humanely-raised meat to local consumers and area restaurants.
“Building a butcher shop is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Ryan said. “When I saw what was happening to the farmers’ livelihood with limited shackle space for processing, I decided now was the time to get into butchery to help our local farmers. I look forward to providing fresh local meats to our neighbors and giving better options for processing.”
Burly Brothers Country Butchery is among only a handful of full USDA butchers in New York state. When the meat leaves the establishment, it is fully labeled and ready for retail.
“We just want to offer a good source of protein for the community,” Ryan said. “You know you’re getting the best meat you can get when it leaves here.”
Burly Brother Country Butchery staff recently underwent additional training led by Unified Fields, a butcher-owned consulting company, based out of Pittsburgh, Pa.
“With so many farmers taking processing into their own hands, the training that we offer has become invaluable. Food safety and quality control can be two of the biggest threats to a butcher business if the training isn’t there. We are happy to lend our experience and help first-time butchers gain the skills they need to run a successful shop,” said Ben Buchanan, an expert butcher who heads Unified Fields.
Ryan and his staff are will offer expertise in their field and are looking forward to working with the community to provide a viable source of protein and more.
Locally sourced products sold by All Bright Farms, Cuba Cheese, Bubby’s Breads, A&A Maple products, Hopcia Maple products, and East Hill Creamery will be sold on site at the Butchery. Stop in and check out the new storefront.
For more information, visit Burly Brothers Country Butchery on their Facebook page or call (585) 708-4122.