Green’s Meat Market
In the summer of 2020, Huron County nearly lost a regional treasure. Green’s Meat Market suffered a devastating fire that destroyed its Wingham facility. Green’s continued to operate its retail outlet in Lucknow while rebuilding the main processing plant and retail outlet.
In July of 2021, the family-owned company celebrated its grand re-opening 50 years after John and Arlene Green originally opened the market. Kevin Green and his daughters Shaelin and Shelby are now the second and third generations of the family to continue the tradition of providing slaughtering and processing services to local producers and serving locally-grown meat to area residents.
Green’s Meat Market was at the forefront of the farm-to-table movement and, despite the high cost of adhering to government regulations for meat processing, it has been able to offer high-quality products at affordable prices to consumers. Small producers can deliver better quality meat because they pay attention to the details, like taking the time to age the meat longer and allowing it to cool naturally without adding a lot of water in the process. Larger producers must speed up the process and the Greens’ efforts show in the finished product.
The market’s products have earned a reputation in the region, including the smoked pork chops, which Kevin attributes to the fact that real wood chips are used in the smokers. He also considers Green’s cold cuts to be superior and takes pride in the fact that no phosphates are used.
The company processes beef, pork, lamb and goat on site and works with local producers to bring in chicken and turkey for its retail outlet.
The most popular items in the store are its store-made sausage and hamburger patties, but the true nostalgic favourite is the homemade bologna. Customers remember the bologna from their childhood and make the drive from all over Ontario to pick it up.
Kevin’s own favourite is the summer sausage that he learned to make with his dad, demonstrating that inherent connection that we have to our food.
Newcomers to the store will be surprised to see what this small company can do and the innovative services that it provides. The entire staff is focused on the customer, and takes pride in being able to help customers with special requests when they need something extra for that favourite recipe. Times and tastes change, and the Greens have been able to keep ahead of the curve. Kevin points to braising ribs as an example. They were once a special request item and are now a staple due to the increase in popularity of home smokers.
The Greens are grateful for their loyal customers who patiently waited while they rebuilt their business, and the region is grateful to the Greens for rebuilding this important element of local Huron County food culture. 237 Arthur St, Wingham.