Posted by Lindsay Hodge, Public Relations Volunteer
Jayme Jo, '09 OHS Alumni recently purchased the Onalaska Custom Meat shop right here in Onalaska. Here is an excerpt from my interview with her in July 2016. When she does get her hands on a website, we will be sure to update this page so be sure to check for updates.
How long have you lived in Onalaska?
I was born on Gore Road and with the exception of the little bit of time that I went away for college, I have pretty much lived in the same house my whole life.
Where have you been and what have you been doing since High School?
After I graduated I went to Walla Walla Community College, and got a technical degree in water resource management. I got a job mapping an irrigation canal systems in Oregon, which I loved but I wanted to do something else. I decided to get some more education at Oregon State and I started working on a degree in Ag Science. I am still doing that online, at their E-campus. I'll still be doing that for the next couple of years.
What brought you back?
I missed the farm and my horse. I missed being in the barn, mom and dad, my two older brothers. I just missed being around family.
Purchasing the meat shop is just one small step in the direction of much bigger plans. Eventually I want to produce my own meat from start to finish. I want to breed, birth, sourcing feed, I want it to be an honest, heartfelt product. I love my cows so much. I love to spoil them, but they have to support me back. I need to be able to make a living from them. Cows have this cool ruminant system that allows them to turn pure fiber into a useful protein. We can't eat grass and grow, but they can. They can eat grass and grow, and we can eat them and grow. I want them to be compassionately raised. I want folks to have honest, healthfully, heartfully, raised meat that a family can enjoy around the table.
I do hope to get a commercial smoke house where I'll be able to make and sell my own smoked products like sausages, too, but that is a few years out.
What do you do at the Meat Shop?
A farmer brings his slaughtered meat to me. I cut to specifications. I wrap and freeze and send it back all for a small fee. I can also help source meat for folks. Meaning if you are looking for a half a cow, or any other type of meat, I can tell you which farmer has them for sale.
Why “Fin's Meats”?
Fin is my dog. a cute little border collie. She is my child since I don't have any human children. When we were younger and raising calves, she would always go to the barn with me every morning. When I first started with calves I called my business Finley Calf Company, cause she was my best hired hand. She still goes to the barn with me every day, so I named it after her.
Where can folks find out more about you and your shop?
I am working on getting a website, but for now just call, Jayme Jo Ahmann (360) 986-4007
This article was first published in the 2015 Apple Harvest Event Guide under the Carlisle Lake Updates. It has be updated. Thanks to the students who worked so diligently to put this wonderful resource together!
Onalaska High School students Bernadette Hayden, Caleb Huffman, Riley Dolan, and Madison Girt wrote and published a book about Carlisle Lake this year. The book titled "A Natural Field Guide To the Plants of Carlisle Lake" is available on Amazon (click here). The first edition is meant to be a fund raiser for the school science club and students hope to raise awareness of the lake's importance in the community. Upcoming Onalaska HS students will add to it each year. The students held a book signing during the Harvest Festival. Comment below if you saw them and showed your support!
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