By Cyndie Shearing
As the old saying goes, "Good things come in threes." For Curtis and Emily Van Grouw of Hull, Iowa, the recent birth of their son and starting a new business in late January are two monumental “good things” to be thankful for – the third remains to be seen.
After years of careful planning and research, the Van Grouws recently launched the Old Parlor Meat Company, a mobile slaughter and meat processing facility.
Curtis Van Grouw sees several opportunities for business in northwest Iowa. This includes farmer customers who do not wish to transport cattle for processing, as well as consumers who are interested in buying meat directly from a local producer they know.
Curtis, Emily and Waylon John Van Grouw Photo credit: Van Grouw family photo
According to Van Grouw, farmers' interest in the mobile slaughter option is based on the flexibility the service offers, as well as time and cost savings.
"We will have another option on the market," said Van Grouw. The often months-long backlog in larger custom processing plants due to the COVID-19 pandemic continues and has given smaller business owners like Van Grouw the opportunity to fill some of the void.
Van Grouw's proximity to a large number of farmers who raise pigs, cattle, sheep and goats is a good sign of future success.
"We are working on a slow and gradual development of the business, including building a strong customer base," said Van Grouw.
The idea for the business grew out of his personal interest in meat processing and cooking with meat. The name for the new for the new business needs further explanation.
Van Grouw grew up on a small dairy farm and his parents sold the cows in 2011. But they still have the farm and are now raising cattle.