For Black Dog Farm in Livingston, Montana, the early COVID lockdowns were a boon for business.
“It’s undeniable that the pandemic had a huge positive effect on our business,” said co-owner Kira Jarosz. “We’re out of chicken every week.”
Over the last three years, Jarosz and her husband Tim Anthony have seen a massive uptick in demand for their locally raised chicken and pork. Last year, they ran out of retail chicken by December and had a gap of six months before their first slaughter date in June.
Despite the state’s $4 billion-plus agricultural economy, only 3 percent of the food…