About Us and Our Ranch
We started Montana City Meats in the Fall of 2002 with a passion for raising our own locally grown animals, and to grow our own garden. Our priority has been to get away from processed foods, and store bought meat full of hormones and treated with irradiation techniques, red-dye injections, sodium injections, and gas packaging with carbon monoxide (Mother Earth News, June/July 2007, "Shocking News About Meat").
The Founder and CEO, Garry Wheelock, developed severe food allergies between 1994-2002, that would result in severe anaphylactic reactions. Every year he would usually have 2-3 severe episodes that would result in impatient/overnight emergency room visits. After reading book after book to attempt to figure out 'why' these reactions were happening, and even going to the extent of seeking a professional Allergist for help, it was determined that the issues were caused due to different food allergies, and chemicals in processed foods (including meat & vegetables).
It's very difficult to develop a way of life that you completely rid yourself of processed foods, and grow your own food, but it is the healthiest way of life. We observe the fast food industry, over the past 60 years, that pushes 'convenience' over health. Now, over the past several decades, we see vividly the consequences of obesity in children and adults that lead to numerous types of different diseases that include diabetes, heart disease, and cancer just to name a few.
Since 1984, Garry Wheelock's career revolved around the IT industry, and has 27+ years as a Software Engineer. After building Montana City Meats to a sound business, he left his State job in 2010 to focus on promoting local sustainable farming, living, and growing.
We are very active in our community supporting numerous non-profit organizations: Lewis & Clark County 4-H, Helena Food Share, Carroll College Athetic Foundation, St. Peter's Hospital Foundation - 'Tough Enough To Wear Pink Cancer Awareness', Flourence Crittenton Home (for pregnant teenagers), the Helena Lewis & Clark Farmer's Market, and the Jefferson County Farmer's Market.
Garry Wheelock has numerous professional certifications, including fourteen (14) insurance certifications, four (4) insurance designations, Bachelor's in Business Finance (w/Summa Cum Laude Top Honors), a double MBA specializing in Entrepreneurial Leadership & Project Management, and is currently enrolled in his PhD pursuing his doctoral in Strategic Innovation.
Garry was elected to the Lewis & Clark County Farmer's Market Board and has served on the Board from 2012-2016. He served as VP on the Market Board in 2013. Our business has continued to expand in our community and now offering catering services with BBQ events (weddings, graduations, fund raisers, community Pig Roasts, etc). We look forward in meeting everyone in our community and getting to know them personally!
Our slogan for Montana City Meats is "Taste and See Just How Good Montana Is!" Garry Wheelock's slogan for life is "Live with PASSION!" So, come down to one of our local Farmer's Markets and meet your local Meathead from Montana City Meats, and jump on the Meathead craze today! So come support our locally raised products at our Farmers' Market and taste our BBQing and see just how good Montana really is!