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The Oldest Sausage Makers in America List

With American culture often being timed in nanoseconds, we wanted to highlight those families and companies that have dedicated many years to making sausages part of our country’s culinary tradition.

The intent of this list is to capture those sausage makers who have a retail store or restaurant where a sausage aficionado can actually go to and buy or sample some sausages.

The term bucket list comes to mind and I hope we’ll soon hear of someone who has eaten sausage from all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia  and has completed the Sausagefest Trail of the oldest sausage makers in America.

The following list is a work in progress and we welcome corrections or additions to the list.  For those interested in helping out, just email us at:

STATEOldest Independent Sausage Makers Start DateLocation
AlabamaZeigler Sausage1927Tuscaloosa
AlaskaAlaska Sausage & Seafood1963 Anchorage
ArizonaSchreiner's Fine Sausage1955Phoenix
ArkansasPetit Jean's Meat1928Morrilton
CaliforniaEngelhart Gourmet Foods Inc.; Schwarz Sausage1911Fairfield
ColoradoPolidori Sausage1925Denver
ConnecticutD& D Market1932Hartford
District of ColumbiaWagshal's1925In the District
FloridaJohnson's Meat Market1926Monticello
GeorgiaRoger Wood Foods1936 
IllinoisWurst Kitchen1895Aurora, Ill
IndianaDewig Meats1916Haubstadt
IowaGraziano Brothers1912Des Moines
LouisianaVaucresson Sausage1899New Orleans
MassachusettsFurtado's1903 Fall River
MinnesotaMackenthun's Fine Foods1917Waconia
NevadaJohn Mull's Meat1954Las Vegas
New Hampshire   
New JerseyC.W. Brown Foods1887Mount Royal
New Mexico   
New YorkHofmann1879Syracuse
North CarolinaNeese's1917Greensboro
North Dakota   
OklahomaJ.C. Potter Sausage Company1949Durant
OregonOtto's Sausage Kitchen & Meat Market1922Portland, Ore.
PennsylvaniaWeavers of Wellville1889Wellsville
Rhode IslandMarcello1934Cranston
South CarolinaFour Oaks Farm1929Lexington
South DakotaLee's Meat & Sausage1977Tea
TexasSouthside Market1882Elgin
UtahColosimo's1923South Salt Lake City
VirginiaS. Wallace Edwards & Sons,1926Surry
WashingtonThe Oberto Sausage Company1918Kent
West VirginiaBallard's 1946Wayne
WyomingBrattis Meat Market1946Casper, Wy

Past Themes of Sausagefest

2014 - A Midsummer Nights Sausagefest
2012 - The Sausage Games
2011 - Osama Bin Sausage
2010 - The Sausages of Wrath
2009 - The Day the Sausage Stood Still
2008 - Sausage Tsunami
The graphic image of a wave of sausages taking wave form was compelling. I still maintain that not all flashbacks are bad.

2007 - A Sausagefest Odyssey (The 10th Anniversary Celebration)
A long strange trip of ten years. No one is in charge but the hegira happens.

2006 - The DaVinci Sausage A popular mystery novel turned into an okay movie. But the sausage was better than the movie.

2005 - War of the Sausages They made a movie that year with a similar name. We adopted our theme from the novella by H.E. Swells.

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