Article Published: Feb. 14 | Modified: Feb. 14
Residents of more remote locations in Ashe County need no longer travel to the Jeffersons for fresh meat.
Ann Rose of Rose Mountain Butcher Shoppe in Lansing is aiming for a March 1 grand opening. Rose said the focus of the shop is local only.
“I have a coalition of farmers that grow for me,” Rose said. “These meats are grass-fed, antibiotic-free and only come from small family farms.”
Rose said the shop is a reflection of her personal feelings toward corporate farming, in that all food should be purchased locally.
“That’s where it all needs to come from instead of corporate farms,” Rose said. “No GMOs. All my farmers sign affidavits that they are GMO-free.”
The shop is currently running as a farm store until the commercial kitchen meets the satisfaction of the county health department.
Rose said her health inspection is scheduled to be conducted this week.
During the grand opening in March, the shop will offer tastings and pairings with beer and wine.
The butcher shop will offer custom cuts of fish, beef, lamb, pork, poultry, goat and rabbit. The store hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
“I grew up in very rural places,” Rose said. “I was born in Ohio and lived in Yadkin and Wilkes counties. Most of my relatives are from Kentucky. I come from a line of coal miners.”
Rose later attended college. She was a nurse for 20 years, but the lure of the farm called her back.
“I left nursing and began farming in 2003,” she said. “I bought my farm in 1996. I was divorced and wanted to live farther out in the country.”
Rose’s farm is located in the Big Horse Creek community.
When asked what she loves best about the mountains, her answer was concise.
“It’s the people,” she said. “They are real people. I also like it because I can now ride my bicycle to work.”