Business of the Week: Pekarna’s Meat Market

Pekarna Meat Market is a 4th generation family owned business in downtown Jordan.  It has been operated there for almost 125 years.  They are known for their great ribs and homemade sausages.  They are located at 119 Water Street.   They draw visitors from far and wide to purchase their meat products.  Their phone for special orders is 952-492-6101. Visit them on Facebook at Pekarna Meat Market


Tuesday- Thursday: 8am-6pm
Friday: 8am-8pm
Saturday: 8am-2am
Sunday & Monday: Closed

History of the Business:

Pekarna Meats was started by a Bohemia man named Frank Pekarna. Frank learned a lot of his knowledge of the meat market business while working for a gentleman named Conrad Fishbach. Throughout the years many of the traditions and recipes were developed. Frank, Conrad and Frank’s future partner Henry Arens, all married sisters from the Henkels family. Frank and Henry bought the business together after their brother-in-law, Conrad passed away. Frank bought Henry’s part of the family business and operated it on his own until 1922. Frank’s sons, Ted and Ed, worked at caring on the family business and traditions going. In 1931 Frank’s youngest son Joe, took over the business from his older brothers. Joe carried on the traditions until he passed away in 1970. At this time the third generation, Joe’s oldest son, Frank and his wife Cele, took on the responsibilities of running the business. Frank and Cele worked hard at keeping all the traditions going. In 1991, the family business was taken over by Frank and Cele’s sons John, Ken and Gregg Pekarna. Many of the same traditions from many years ago, including Great Grandpa’s recipes, are still carried out today.

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