Acre Station Meat Farm, Pinetown, NC
Ronnie and Richard Huettmann
Acre Station Meat Farm, located in Pinetown, in eastern North Carolina, is home to both a meat processing facility and a retail grocery store. The majority of the meat sold in the grocery store is processed at the facility on site, and is sold under an “Acre Station Meat Farm” label. To produce these products “slow grower” hogs and beef cattle are purchased from local farmers. Customers for the grocery store are local residents of Beaufort County who desire fresh, unique meat products at wholesale prices. To cater to this customer base the meat case is filled with standard cuts of pork and beef, as well as a number of items that are considered traditional “country” foods throughout rural North Carolina (fatback, pigs’ feet, etc.). The meat processing facility also supplies a set of local BBQ restaurants with whole and half pigs. Acre Station Meat Farm also sells a variety of pork products to restaurants in the North Carolina Outer Banks through a local restaurant supplier and distribution company.
In addition to producing products for their retail operation and select wholesale markets, the processing facility also does a significant amount of custom processing for local independent farmers. Acre Station Meat Farm is the only small meatpacker in North Carolina with the equipment and ability to produce a range of value-added products, such as bacon and ham. They have a strong reputation for the quality and consistency of their work. As a result, they have become the “go-to” processor for a number of farmers participating in direct markets. They also work closely with stakeholders in North Carolina who are establishing connections between local independent farmers and local retail markets. Acre Station Meat Farm is one of two small meatpackers currently participating in a pilot project that supplies the Southeast’s largest natural foods co-op with weekly deliveries of fresh, local beef and pork.
Ernest and Nancy Huettmann were the original owners and operators of Acre Station Meat Farm. Their two sons, Richard and Ronnie Huettmann, now run the family business.
17076 NC Highway 32 North
Pinetown, NC 27865
Species: swine only for resale
Value added Products: sausages, smoked meats, curing, bacon, county hams