Old Station Craft Meats brings high-quality beef and pork from Iowa farms to a growing Des Moines suburb.

It’s a familiar story for many in farm country: A farmer identifies a problem and then finds a way to fix it with hard work and the expertise that comes from years of working the land and raising animals.  

For brothers Nick and Adam Lenters, the problem was limited markets and poor margins for their beef cattle — especially when processing plants started shutting down due to COVID-19 in 2020. The solution: Sell the beef themselves by opening a new butcher shop, Old Station Craft Meats in Waukee. 

“We’re just two brothers ...