Williamsburg’s picturesque town square is lined with a variety of interesting shops and stores. One of the more unusual shops is Roehr-kasse Meat Co., a custom meat locker that also sells an assortment of meats and cheeses.
“Roehrkasse’s has been on the square for 75 years this year,” says owner Nancy Jacoby. Nancy and her husband, Colby, both natives of the Williamsburg and Marengo area, have owned the shop for eight years.
“My husband is a big hunter and thought this would be quite an adventure,” she says.
Today, the couple does custom processing of beef, pork and lamb. “People can get their meat cut exactly how they want it and how they want it packaged. They can call us and say what they want and we’ll have it all packaged and ready to go” she says. Roehrkasse’s also offers meat bundles, as well as quarters and halves of beef and pork.
As you walk in the door, you’ll see an interesting display featuring the history of the shop. Nancy credits members of the Roehrkasse family, who still live locally, for bringing in old recipe books and other items.
At the meat counter, you’ll find an eclectic mix of meat and cheeses. Nancy points out a new kraut burger. “It’s a bratwurst patty with sauerkraut in it. It’s really, really good,” she says.
“I’d say we have some of the best beef jerky and beef sticks, that’s what everybody says when they come in here,” Nancy says. She also sings the praises of Roehrkasses’s smoked chops and bacon. “People don’t get one pound of bacon, they come in and get ten and fill their freezer.”
Roehrkasse’s also does an assortment of meat and cheese trays, barbecued pork for weddings and parties and a variety of gift boxes.
Just last year, they started processing deer for local hunters. The shop also participates in the HUSH program, which stands for Help Us Stop Hunger. Hunters can drop off a deer, which Roehrkasse’s processes, and the processed venison is then given to local food banks.
The couple seem happy with their decision to jump into the meat processing business. Nancy admits that it is hard work, “but I would say that we are happy. We’ve learned a lot and we’ve grown a lot.”
“We focus on quality and customer service,” Nancy says. “Everybody who comes in here is a friend.”
For more information, call (319) 688-1590 or check out their new website, www.roehrkassemeat.com.