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Glenn's Market & Catering Puts Fresh Back into Grocery

By Kelly Church

Originally planned to be a meat distributor for the Watertown, WI area, Glenn's Market & Catering developed into full market. Co-owner Jeff Roberts said nobody knew if the retail area would work or not, but once the meats started selling everything fell into place. Glenn's Market & Catering now sells an assortment of fresh meats, including cheeses, brats and more. Brats are a big seller at the market.

"[It's] built on the basic idea of providing the level of customer service that you would expect going into a store," Roberts said. "We don't do any prepackaged meats that have a modified packaging to keep them red. They are red because they are fresh."

Glenn's Market & Catering has the largest fresh meat case in the state. With a large assortment of meats, everything is cut fresh on a daily basis. If it's not in the case, the butchers can get it. Any meats can be cut to a specific thickness when requested. Ground meats are made fresh every morning.

"A lot of the recipes we use to hand make our sausages are pulled right from the history books," Roberts said. "So, the people of Wisconsin, it's heritage and commitment to quality which is also found in the heritage add to how great the meats are."

The cheeses available at Glenn's Market & Catering are also popular. Known for their cheese in Wisconsin, Glenn's Market & Catering houses a wide assortment of freshly-made and local cheeses. Customers can take their pick from cheddar, provolone, smoked Swiss and more. Cheese curds and cheese spreads are also available. Customers can even order a gift box featuring some of the market's best cheese and sausages.

"All of the cheeses are made right here in Wisconsin, from Monroe to Theresa by artisan cheesemakers that have been doing this for decades," Roberts said.

The market can cater events, big or small. Catering items are made no more than 24 hours in advance and with the same quality as everything found in the market. Roberts said his favorite catering items include the pig roast, which is a different option for those who don't want a standard catering menu. This is an excellent option for big events, with 50 or more people. The pig is brought to the event with a large roasting grill, and is carved on site.

Not everything at Glenn's Market & Catering is for humans, however. The market featuring a special section for pet food and treats. With raw food available, pets can reap the benefits of eating what they were long before they were household family members. The raw food diet allows pet owners to be very specific in what they feed their pets.

"We don't add anything to preserve them or to use as fillers," Roberts said. "Some pets will have allergies to certain foods and sometimes with mixed foods that can't be avoided, although with our meats you can feed exactly what you want your pet to be eating."

To learn more about Glenn's Market & Catering, and find out about catering for an event, visit glennsmarket.com.

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