The Country Butcher Wins Big at Convention

Tolland's Stephen Boyer took home the "Best in Show" award from the Pennsylvania Association of Meat Processors' spring convention.

has been a recognized Tolland treasure for many years. And now owner Stephen Boyer can say that his fan base extends all the way to Pennsylvania and beyond.

The Country Butcher received many honors at this spring's Pennsylvania Association of Meat Processors convention, including "Best in Show", best thuringer and awards for apple sausage, deli roast beef and maple sausage.

"We're very pleased," Boyer said of the recognition. "I was so surprised when they called my name for best in show that I didn't get up because I thought they must have made a mistake."

PAMP has more than 175 independent butchers, slaughterhouses, proccessors and suppliers as members of the organization, according to its website.

Boyer said that he is especially proud of his wins, considering how close the competition can be. 

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"It's very tough. It's amazing how the top three or four products from each class are within a point of each other," he said, explaining that a single air pocket, unmixed spice or dark spot from smoke can cause judges to deduct from the scores.

The Country Butcher has been attending the convention for a number of years, Boyer said, but has only won the "best in show" award on one other occasion.

And the competition is far from over. Stay tuned for results as The Country Butcher heads to the national American Association of Meat Processors competition in St. Paul, MN in the next few weeks.

Bob S July 19, 2012 at 10:48 AM
Congrats Steve!!! And good luck in St Paul!!
Irene July 19, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Steve and the Boyer Family are most definitely a Tolland Treasure! Congratulations-you make Tolland proud!
Fran July 20, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Congrats to you Steve!!! It doesn't surprise me..........you are the best. You're sincere, honest, kind,and good. All of these attributes make you a winner in my book in addtion to being "Our" best butcher.............Fran and all the Seniors
SM Ron July 24, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Congratulations Stephen
Jacob October 19, 2012 at 12:06 PM
great staff at the country butcher exept for a young man named tyler who i witnessed tampering with the meat


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