Ours is a story steeped in family and food.
In 1964, our grandfather Mark Johnson Carter moved his young family 280 miles from their Bozeman, Montana ranch to Ten Sleep, Wyoming. Before him, 40,000 wild acres, fed by twenty-seven natural springs, nestling the western slope of the Big Horn Mountains. A true rancher and conservationist, Mark's vision for the land proved as high as the work to be done.
In 1982, our father Richard Carter took on his father’s vision. Raised as one of eleven children, Richard knew a thing or two about grit and self-reliance. Those same skills helped him ride the changing times when the market was down, and cattle prices were low. A battle-ax indeed, Richard is the sole reason the ranch is still in family hands to this day. A battle-ax indeed, Richard's sheer will and dedication kept the ranch away from the bank and in family hands to this day.
Our mother, Ruthann made it her job to cultivate our health in the garden. By hand grinding grains for homemade baked bread and canning summer's bounty, she made sure we were nourished year-round. She is a testament to the fact that you don’t need to be wealthy to eat well.
Carter Country Meats was born in 2012, the brainchild of Richard and Ruthann’s sons, RC and Mark Carter. We are the third generation to call the Carter ranch “home.” Born and bred in a mosaic of juniper, sagebrush, red dirt and limestone cliffs, we grew up envisioning a more honest relationship between land, ranch, and table.
These days, my wife, Annia, and I continue the family tradition on the ranch. We are committed to improving the ranch and raising our young family in the ranching tradition. Our lives are colored by what we value most; red dirt, food, family, and play. Our boys, Cameron, Willie, and Tru, spur our desire to provide genuinely grown food, and an upbringing reminiscent generations past.
Mark, my younger brother, took the unlikely path of becoming a professional snowboarder. Despite his time away, Ten Sleep is in his blood. Every summer Mark jumps back into ranching to help father and me. After years of splitting time between working the ranch and traveling, Mark saw an opportunity link Chef and Rancher. He called me, and nine months later we sold our first box of Carter Country Meats.
We believe our health is our wealth and we desire to provide genuinely grown food that calls back an older way. It is our dedication to the land and the life it sustains that fuels our devotion to go against the grain to raise the happiest and fittest cows. We are excited to share this vision with you and the many generations to come.