Only plant in north Mississippi, set to change local food economy
February 17, 2017 - Como, Miss. - Home Place Pastures located just East of Como, Mississippi, celebrates the grand opening of its meat processing plant and retail butcher shop with a public ribbon cutting to be held Friday March 10, 2017 at noon.
The only USDA-inspected meat processing plant located in north Mississippi and one of only a handful of plants in the entire Southeast region, Home Place Pastures now offers custom butchering for beef, pork and lamb in the 7,200-square-foot plant.
When co-founder and President Marshall Bartlett started the business in 2014 with his brother Jemison Bartlett, CFO, on his family’s land, he envisioned building an operation that mirrored his own ethical on-farm practices. His passion centers on promoting Mississippi’s own rich food culture by raising pastured beef, pork and lamb and employing “whole animal utilization” practices.
In just three short years, Marshall has developed relationships with some of the South’s top chefs and restaurants from Memphis to New Orleans while holding on-farm events, hands-on boucherie demonstrations and building a direct-sales market to more than 75 restaurants.
Ever loyal to the local landscape where he was raised on the fifth generation farm, Marshall’s vision includes more than food.
“Through this business, I want to bolster our rural economy by circulating money through local businesses, supporting local farms, and creating jobs,” he says.
Working closely with the USDA and Mississippi State University on the plant design, Home Place Pastures’ comprehensive long-term plan also includes slaughter facilities to open in summer 2017. According to sources ,the new plant has far-reaching positive implications for producers and farmers.
"If you ask any meat producer selling locally what their biggest hurdle is, they'll likely say getting their animals processed. If those farmers are selling certified organic meat or poultry, the challenge is ever greater. New facilities like this one in Como are a major step toward help growing Mississippi's local food economy. An expansion of our state's processing capacity will ensure accessibility and availability of those products while increasing farmer profits and allowing them to reach multiple markets,” says Daniel Doyle, executive director of the Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network.
On March 10, distinguished speakers, guests and visitors will have the chance to sample Home Place products, meet Marshall, the Bartlett family and the Home Place staff, and shop the 450-square-foot retail store. Guests also have a chance to win a Home Place Pastures gift basket.
County and state officials will gather to help cut the ribbon during the event which is sponsored by the Como Main Street Alliance.
March 10, 2017: Noon to 3 pm
Home Place Pastures
1789 Home Place Road
Como, Mississippi 38619
About Home Place Pastures
Home Place Pastures, located on the Bartlett family’s fifth generation farm in Como, Mississippi is the only USDA-inspected meat processing plant in north Mississippi processing beef, lamb and pork. Founded by brothers Marshall and Jemison Bartlett in 2014, Home Place consists of a retail butcher shop and maintains a wholesale distribution network, providing high-quality meats to chefs and restaurants from Memphis to New Orleans. Dedicated to ethical on-farm practices and a return to “whole animal utilization”, Home Place plays an essential role in Mississippi’s rural food economy.