Contributed by Grace Curtis | Junior | Journalism
The holiday season is just around the corner. Soon, shoppers will be emptying grocery store shelves in preparation for all the holiday feasts to come.
Cal Poly Meats is ready for shoppers to return. This year at the Cal Poly Meats drive-thru storefront, they will be bringing back holiday classics and customer favorites such as hickory-smoked Holiday Ham and fresh Prime Rib. In addition, they will be selling whole hen Thanksgiving and Christmas Turkey for the first time ever.
Morgan Metheny, manager at Cal Poly Meats, says that their website is open for holiday reservations, and many customers have already placed orders for their desired meat products.
A big portion of the customer base is recurring customers that have been getting their meat products from Cal Poly for years.
“We’ve been selling those hams for a few generations now,” says Metheny. “Customers always know when it comes to October to email us to make sure they’re on the list so that they have a Cal Poly Holiday Ham for their festivities.”
Metheny says that recently, however, business has “skyrocketed” with huge numbers of new customers coming in during COVID-19. Cal Poly Meats is expecting a much busier holiday season than normal.
Before the pandemic, only a handful of customers would come into their storefront during retail days (Thursday through Saturday). Now they are averaging 150 to 200 customers each week, according to Metheny. She attributes their growth to grocery stores around town facing shortages and to the curb-side pickup drive-thru Cal Poly Meats has set up where customers can feel safe.
“We’ve kind of become one of the community staples in providing meat products,” she says.
For anyone interested in reserving a turkey for the holidays, there’s no time to waste. Metheny says she’s almost certain they will run out sooner rather than later.
Even if they run out of their holiday products, Cal Poly Meats has a plethora of other products to choose from as well. They sell a variety of products produced by the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, including fresh flowers, produce boxes, chocolates, jams, barbeque sauce from the Food Science Department, and cheese and ice-cream from Cal Poly Dairy.
“We have a little bit of everything Cal Poly produces,” says Metheny.
Drive-thru retail hours at Cal Poly Meats are Thursdays and Fridays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., outside the Meat Processing Center at 1503-1967 Stenner Creek Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA. Orders can be placed in-person or online using the order form available here.