Faces in the Crowd: Ken Charfauros
Kenneth Charfauros, retired Air Force, has been in the meat business for over 2 years. He is helping to boost the local economy in Wall and promote local produce in area schools and beyond.
WALL, S.D. — Just over two years ago, Ken Charfauros and his family decided to purchase the Wall Meat Processing Plant to help make local beef and pork readily available for people to eat. Locally raised products can be found in his coolers at the plant or served at the Red Rock Restaurant in Wall that they own. There, customers can pick their own steak from a local producer and have it cooked as a part of their meal. The businesses, where much of his family is involved, are also helping to boost the local economy.
Charfauros says, “The support that we get from the community — it’s amazing. This is a dying trade and it’s a needed trade here in the heart of beef country. So processing meat for our community has gained a lot of momentum and community support. It also provides us, well, some job opportunities for folks.”
Wall Schools made South Dakota history as the first district to bring local beef to its lunch program.
Ken was a part of those efforts, bringing ‘Beef to School’ to four area schools so far, including Wall, New Underwood, Custer, and Faith.
“But the value is, it’s fresh, it’s local, it provides a lot of protein, good protein for energy that young children need.”
The students are not only getting the nutritional value from local beef but also a lesson in the economic value it provides and where their food comes from and the ranchers involved.
“The economic impact it provides is huge, especially for a Wall. We do all the processing here and you know the school system also saves money, if it’s a donated product. It could be somebody, some child in school with their parents raising that same beef and that provides some unity the community. It’s a community thing, a community outreach for us.”
Kens says the most popular meat is the Wall Dog, which is bratwurst size and hot dog flavored and has two kinds of cheese in it.
Local produce will be sold at the Harvest Acres Venue in Rapid City, with a store front coming soon to that location.