The Conger Meat Market Story
In 2004, Darcy and Jeremy Johnson bought the Conger Meat Market from Dave and Patty Larson. In 2015, Jeremy + Darcy bought the former Conger creamery with plans to expand into a larger facility. Their plans came to fruition in October of 2017 when they opened their newly renovated location at 100 William Ave., Conger, MN. The new facility is twice the size of the previous Conger location.
The Johnsons have invested into the idea that people like to know where their meat comes from. The Conger Meat Market is a live slaughterhouse where animals are butchered onsite. The new space is USDA certified, which makes it easier for Darcy and Jeremy to buy and sell to local farmers. They can now support the concept of farm to table.
Conger Meat Market Awards
In 2019, the U.S. Small Business Administration named Conger Meat Market the 2019 Minnesota Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year. The company was honored at the state’s Small Business Week Awards Luncheon on May 10th in Minneapolis, MN. The Johnsons were nominated because of their commitment to creating jobs in their rural community. They work hard for their community everyday.
The SBA had this to say about Johnsons, “Darcy is deserving of this award due to her perseverance and determination to bring Conger Meat Market to the next level of industry requirements. She has been key in the dedication that it took to go through the long process of becoming a USDA federally licensed facility at a time when several small meat markets are choosing to shut their doors rather than comply with the updated state licensing requirements. As a result, Conger Meat Market has sustained increased sales for processing, retail and shipping of products, and increased customer base and newly expanded locations.”
The Johnsons are avid supporters of local communities and they donate their meat products and processing services to organizations such as the Eagles Club, Lions Club, Ducks Unlimited, the Minnesota Deer Association and Pheasants Forever. They are also active members of their church, where they have served on the council multiple times over the past 20 years.