Sausage Makers

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.

Standing At sausage makers Usinger's Front Door

Kent Antonius visits Usinger’s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s oldest sausage maker.

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.

Kent and Dewig Family at Dewig Meats, Haubstadt, Indiana

Kent and Dewig Family at Dewig Meats, Haubstadt, Indiana

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:

State Oldest Independent Sausage Makers Start Date Location
Alabama Zeigler Sausage 1927 Tuscaloosa
Alaska Alaska Sausage & Seafood 1963 Anchorage
Arizona Schreiner's Fine Sausage 1955 Phoenix
Arkansas Petit Jean's Meat 1928 Morrilton
California Engelhart Gourmet Foods Inc.; Schwarz Sausage 1911 Fairfield
Colorado Polidori Sausage 1925 Denver
Connecticut D& D Market 1932 Hartford
District of Columbia Wagshal's 1925 In the District
Florida Johnson's Meat Market 1926 Monticello
Georgia Roger Wood Foods 1936 Savannah
Illinois Wurst Kitchen 1895 Aurora
Indiana Dewig Meats 1916 Haubstadt
Iowa Graziano Brothers 1912 Des Moines
Louisiana Vaucresson Sausage 1899 New Orleans
Massachusetts Furtado's 1903 Fall River
Michigan Vollwerth's 1915 Hancock
Minnesota Mackenthun's Fine Foods 1917 Waconia
Nevada John Mull's Meats 1954 Las Vegas
New Hampshire
New Jersey C.W. Brown Foods 1887 Mount Royal
New Mexico
New York Hofmann 1879 Syracuse
North Carolina Neese's 1917 Greensboro
North Dakota
Ohio Schmidt's 1886 Columbus
Oklahoma J.C. Potter Sausage Company 1949 Durant
Oregon Otto's Sausage Kitchen & Meat Market 1922 Portland
Pennsylvania Weavers of Wellville 1889 Wellsville
Rhode Island Marcello 1934 Cranston
South Carolina Four Oaks Farm 1929 Lexington
South Dakota Lee's Meat & Sausage 1977 Tea
Tennessee Swaggerty 1930 Kodak
Texas Southside Market 1882 Elgin
Utah Colosimo's 1923 South Salt Lake City
Vermont Harrington's 1873 Richmond
Virginia S. Wallace Edwards & Sons 1926 Surry
Washington The Oberto Sausage Company 1918 Kent
West Virginia Ballard's 1946 Wayne
Wisconsin Usinger's 1880 Milwaukee
Wyoming Brattis Meat Market 1946 Casper