My Thoughts About One of My Favorite Places--Northeastern Indiana's Amish Country

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Old Hoosier Meats

The other day Gary and I stopped by Old Hoosier Meats in downtown Middlebury (our new home town).  This time, I paused to ask the owners, Randy and Michelle Grewe, to tell me about their business.

Turns out that the building was originally the Middlebury high school gymnasium!  That was in the 1920s and 1930s, when the high school was in that area of town.  After that it was used for meat freezer storage services, and then, later in the 1940s, it became a retail butcher shop.  It still has an old-school atmosphere.  All kinds of meats, cheeses, and other foods are available here.

 Their specialty is smoked meats.  Smoked offerings include ham, bacon, pork chops, pulled pork, turkey, ribs, beef brisket, wings, jerky, summer sausage, and more.  Sam told us that on the weekend of Super Bowl Sunday, their smoker is maxed out, and they sell 400 pounds of wings and 100 slabs of ribs.

Old Hoosier Meats is open from 9 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  They are closed on Sundays and Mondays.

A sidelight:
There are several photos in the store of Sam Grewe, Randy and Michelle’s son.  Sam had cancer in his right leg when he was just thirteen, and the leg had to be amputated.  But he turned tragedy into triumph, becoming a champion Paralympics athlete.  He’s nineteen now, and he has already won the world Paralympics high jump competition twice, and he was the silver medalist in last year’s Rio de Janiero Paralympic games.  What an inspiring hometown hero!

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