Poppy's Meat Market
By Pat Thomann, Editor
If you have been driving by Poppy's Meat Market in Ledbetter Kentucky and have not stopped in, you are really missing out. Poppy's is conveniently located next door to the Minute Mart on Highway 60 West in Ledbetter.
Store owner, Ricky Barrow and his wife Shirley just celebrated their second year in business. The store was purchased August 18, 2012 from John Hancock and Barrow says the store got its name from his grandchildren who call him "Poppy."
Barrow and his wife Shirley have been married 41 years, have a daughter Sherry Harris, son Chris Barrow, two grandsons and one granddaughter who are all Livingston County school students. Their oldest grandson plays on the middle school and high school freshman baseball teams.
When you enter Poppy's Meat Market you will notice a clean, well-organized store with a wide variety of items. Poppy's carries all your favorite cuts of meat, sausage, bacon, country ham, hot dogs, bacon burger and pork burger patties, smoked jowl and a great selection of deli meats and cheeses.
Barrow said he wanted the store to be a place where someone can come in and purchase everything they need to make a meal. His store has everything you need, in addition to the meats, including eggs, butter, milk and a wide variety of canned and boxed items. He also stocks frozen chicken strips, frog legs, breaded mushrooms, mozzarella sticks, corn nuggets, broccoli and cheddar cheese balls, Sara Lee breads, fresh vegetables and a wide variety of spices. They even carry their own Poppy's BBQ Sauce in Sweet, Mild and Hot as well as all your other favorite sauces.
On Friday and Saturday, Poppy fires up the smoker and cooks a wide variety of meats including his famous stuff baloney. This is made by taking baloney and stuffing it with jalapenos, wrapping it in bacon covered with two spices and cooking it on the smoker then when it is finished it is stuffed with cheddar cheese. This just happens to be one of his customers' favorite items. They also take special orders for smoked pork loin wrapped in bacon, brisket and they smoke chickens.
Poppy's can also special order any meat you would like including sides of beef, whole hog, goat, lamb or mutton and cut it to your specifications and wrap for freezing.
Stop by Poppy's at 1580 U.S. highway 60 West and check them out. They can also be reached at 270-898-7699. Ricky and Shirley Barrow invite you to stop in and see what they have to offer. Dinner could be ready before you know it.