When I was up in Maine with Mom last she told me about this new meat market they discovered in Topsham. They are looking for land to build a house and finally relocate from VA to Maine permanently to be near the summer house and closer to all of us.
Since rte 295 was still closed I took the detour on 201 and decided to stop in to check out LP Bisson.
Take Meadow Road which is right off 201 in Topsham and just look for the power lines and the cows and you will be close.
It was a bit odd to see the cows out grazing near the power lines, but they seemed perfectly content and barely gave me a second glance when I wandered over to take their picture.
On the opposite side of the street is a much larger field and enormous birds swooping around overhead in the thermals that I believe were turkey buzzards.
The shop is clean and quaint and gives off a real old fashioned vibe. The room is lined with cases of meat all raised, slaughtered and butchered on site.
There are pictures of the family from the 1940's and an aerial view of the farm arranged around the tops of the cases.
Bisson raises their own cows, but they also raise pigs but can't produce enough pork to keep up with demand so they do bring in some pork from Canada.
I was tempted by the cases and I bought some of their house made kielbasa, bacon and I almost came home with one or their whole smoked chickens. Just as i wsa headed out the door I spotted a case with their own raw milk so I brought husband home a pint of their raw chocolate milk.
You can choose what you want out of the case or make a special request and watch them prepare it in the room off to the side.
I happened to arrive just as he was breaking down a section and I watched him work for awhile while we chatted.
Not only is Bisson a meat market but they are also the local abattoir. I asked when their busy season was and he said there were a couple times a year when things really got busy. People were already starting to book for their home reared animals to be brought in for the fall. There is a sign on the wall explaining all the costs for breaking down the animal along with an admonishment that if you don't pick up your meat when you say you will storage fees will be charged!
If you're in this neck of the woods, stop by Bisson some time, and don't worry Ballards, I'm never going to leave you, but I may stop by here once in awhile.
LP Bisson and Sons
112 Meadow Road