Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Meat Shop

The meat shops in old Amana used to supply the kitchen houses meat for the communal kitchens. Each village had one in business for most of the time, now only Amana meat market is Society owned and operational. The one in Homestead is private, owned by a nice couple that keep food natural. The one South Amana had an arched ceiling to smoke meat. It later was the Colony Market Place restaurant, now a studio.  Amana meat shop is largely a mail order business, especially at Christmastime. It is busy during the tourist season as well and still supplies locals.  It is well known for its made in house brats which are plain or smoked. Cheeses, salads, fresh meats, dried beef, pickled ham and other savory and sweet items are sold. Hams were once hung in the smoke tower all day long to preserve and cure it to the to the old world standard of Westphalia, Germany. Gift and kitchen items are also available for purchase in a meat market much the same in the interior as it was 50 years ago. Pictured are the late Carl Sontag and Carl Oehl.  AMS photos, my photos


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