In 1948, John Pflueger (fleeeger) bought the St. Joseph Meat Market from Mike Klein. John was a farmer himself, so he knew the basics when it came to butchering and selling the meat. While John was getting on his feet in the meat business, he hired Al Pfannenstein. Al worked for John for 20 years until John decided to sell it. Al knew that he had to keep the Meat Market up and running – not only to keep his job, but so that the people of St. Joe would not have to travel to get high quality meat.
In 1968, Al Pfannenstein became the new owner. During the years that Al owned the Meat Market, he had all nine of his children work as part of his staff. In 1997, Al's son Harvey Pfannenstein took over as the new owner. Harvey had worked at the meat market for 30 years before taking it over, and he is the current owner.
In 2012, we added a sausage kitchen on to our retail store. We are so pleased with the results. We have been able to keep up with the demands for more homemade sausages and custom smoking orders!