ROARING RIVER — “We say Oink, you say delicious” is the motto of Olivia’s Legacy Meats, a new farm store which recently opened at 459 N. Plum Road Ridge Road in Roaring River.
The farmers market may not be open year-round, but locals now have a place to buy fresh quality meats and farm goods. The store opened up on July 1 and already has created a buzz in the community.
“It’s our first time at the store,” said Sandie Mathis, who was visiting with her granddaughter, Jade Pardue. “We come to look at the animals all the time. I love that it’s all fresh meat and ice cream for the grandbaby and we live just 10 minutes down the road. We’ve known Ricky Anderson for a really long time.”
Jennifer Anderson and her husband Ricky started converting the store in late April this year. They were awarded the Economic Development Corporation grant for a new business from Wilkes County which enabled them to purchase their new refrigerator and freezer.
“We started raising pigs and sheep about three years ago,” said store owner Jennifer Anderson. “We had the idea of opening up the store after we did all the farmers markets last year. The farmers markets close in October, and we still had people calling asking to buy meat and they wanted to know what hours we were opened. We decided to convert this old barn into a store.”
The store includes pasture-raised meats including beef, lamb, pork, chicken, duck and rabbit, along with meats from other farmers in the area. All of the animals are USDA inspected to sell to the public. In addition, the store also sells biscuit mix, corn grits, home-made jams and jelly, and local honey. Kids also get free popsicles during each visit.
The store also has homemade bird feeders, hand-made soaps, hand-sewn aprons, pot holders, dish clothes, spoons and antiques. Everything in the store is for sell.
The store brings the goods and foods from several local farms from the farmers market under one roof where people can shop year-round. Some farms come from as far away as Statesville and Virginia. Farms featured at Olivia’s Legacy Meats include Apple Brandy Beef, Little River, Farm, Cranberry Acres, The Cake Lady, Boyd Antiques, Outback Acres, The Hovering Hen and Borrowed Land Farm.
“Everybody in the family pitches in including the Andersons’ two daughters, Peyton and Croslee.
“I help my mother pick up the meat and help at the farmers market,” said 8-year-old Peyton. “I also feed and take care of the animals. I also like to give the pig a bath.”
“I like the business end, but my favorite part is tending to and taking care of the animals,” said Jennifer Anderson. “We take care of the animals and they take care of us. We give our animals good lives and only one bad day.”
The Andersons’ farm is very pork-based with 180 pigs on the farm. They also own 35 cattle and 75 sheep.
Olivia is the prized sow of the farm and is always found out front for display.
“People often ask how we got the name,” said Anderson. “We’ve been talking about doing this kind of business for a while. Then we got a group of pigs that we were just feeding for ourselves and Olivia stood out. She was the one who would always come to greet you, drink out of the water hose, let the girls pet her, and we just got attached to her and named her Olivia. We knew we weren’t going to get rid of her. When we just got started, all of the pigs came from her. She’s our star pig.”
Jennifer Anderson is happy with how the business is growing and looks forward to serving the community more in the near future.
“The very first week I was very pleased with the response we got and we still get a lot of people just dropping by despite being in the middle of nowhere,” said Anderson. “Expansion on the store would be great, but the next venture I’m interested in is going to be farm-to-table dinners and agritourism. We still do four farmers markets a week. The biggest challenge has been the hours, because we’re so busy and still do the farmers markets. We’re pretty much open every day except Wednesday and Sunday, and we try to keep regulars hours but with the farm, there are still things we have to go in and out for.”
Olivia’s Legacy Meats is open Monday and Tuesday from 1 to 7 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For Anderson, life on the farm has always been her dream and she was happy that she and her family are doing what they love.
“I love working on the farm. It’s the best job in the world, getting to be outside in nature and working with animals,” said Anderson. “I’ve truly been blessed. This is what I wanted to be when I grew up and I’m actually getting to do it. I would encourage everybody to live their dream. Anytime you can do that, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
Troy Brooks may be reached at 336-258-4058.