In the past we used Hoffman’s Custom Meats in Cherry Plain, NY to butcher our beef and pigs, but in 2008, Bob and June Hoffman decided to close their business after 35 years. So after 20 years of hiring others to process our animals, we decided to butcher our own as we already had the available space. We purchased some equipment, a cooler, and with the guidance of a friend we were off and running.
We were also using Eagle Bridge Custom Meats to do our custom smoking, but in 2010, they became a USDA shop and decided to stop offering the custom work.
After faithfully working 28 years at the same job I decided it was time for a change. I recognized the market changes which had taken place with these two vendors no longer offering custom meat processing services. After talking with the owner of Eagle Bridge Meats, we agreed there was a need for another custom butcher shop that would service the Hoosick Falls, NY area as well as southern Vermont and the Berkshires of Massachusetts.
I knew I needed to learn the trade better if I was going to offer the best quality product to the customer at a great price. So, in August of 2010, I contacted Bob Hoffman, who still had his entire butcher shop and truck which he used to offer a mobile slaughter service. Bob agreed to tutor me and Eagle Bridge Meats offered to hire me part-time and help in any way they could.
After acquiring first-hand knowledge from leading professionals, I purchased all the contents of the Hoffman’s shop and started the business in October of 2010. In June of 2011, a new construction 1300 sq. ft. addition to our shop to allow for more cooler space and a quality cut shop, as well as a smoke room which will allow Stratton’s to offer all of these great services in one location!
After being in retail business for 28 years, one thing I have learned is that customer satisfaction is the First priority. Customer satisfaction is our #1 priority and we will not forget that. Give us a try, we aim to please!
Stratton’s Custom Meats & Smokehouse, LLC