New meat processing facility makes Mesman farm more productive


March 23, 2022

ONE HAPPY BUTCHER – A new meat processing plant at the Port of Skagit is making members and employees of Island Grown Farmer’s Cooperative very happy. Eighty small meat growers in Skagit, San Juan, Whatcom, Island and Snohomish counties rely on IGFC for mobile slaughter services, freezer storage, and cut and wrap. Longtime butcher Dave Bretvick appreciates having more elbow room as he practices his trade. – Photo courtesy of Travis Stockstill

The new Island Grown Farmers Cooperative (IGFC) meat processing facility at the Port of Skagit in Burlington is a dream come true for its 80 regional members, including the Mesman Dairy.

Still primarily an organic dairy, the Mesman family began raising and selling beef, lamb and pork in 2019. Besides selling meat and eggs at their farm store at Chilberg and Dodge Valley Roads, they also supply meat for several local restaurants and the La Conner School District.

IGFC has been their partner all along. IGFC owns and operates a USDA-inspected mobile slaughter unit that comes to the farm when it’s...

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