CORVALLIS, Ore. - Back in 1962, Dave Emmons sold frozen cuts of meat and did custom slaughtering out of a mobile meat truck. 50 years later, the legacy continues.
Emmons Meat Market at 29545 Highway 34 doesn't offer slaughtering anymore, but still carries a wide variety of meats. Everything from beef and bacon to buffalo and rabbit. What they may best be known for, however, is their "World Famous Jerky." All of it hand-made on-site.
None of these things brought me to the market. It wasn't even a viewer request. My motivation for the trip came from the KVAL Sports Department. Every time I found myself anywhere near the guys the words "you gotta go to Emmons" were sure to follow. Knowing that they like to eat almost as much as I do made the decision to stop by an easy one.
Emmons screams neighborhood meat market, in a good way. The sort of place that is to meat lovers that a candy store is to kids, and I think they know it - which is probably why they set up a grill for lunch offering up a slew of burgers and sandwiches.
A meaty menu, shelves packed with a collection of cuts and not a vegetarian in sight might be a testament to the popularity of the local butcher, an art form once threatened by the rise of supermarkets that continues to thrive at Emmons.