Sam Gettinger, owner of Gettinger Family Custom Meats, is no stranger to rural living here in Indiana.

Born and raised around livestock in Rush County, he had always known that there was a wide need in our community for a locker/butcher shop. After living in several parts of our state from 2002 to 2008 and then coming back “home,” he learned that there was a much larger need for retail meat shops. “People were becoming more concerned with where their food came from and how it was processed,” Gettinger stated. In July of 2012, the family purchased the locker on Gings Road from J&D Custom Meats. A year after that, in August of 2013, the Gettinger's opened their first meat retail store, Gettinger Family Custom Meats. Five years later, they expanded to New Palestine and opened their second retail store in February 2018.

The Gettinger family strive to bring their customers the best customer service, customer education, customer satisfaction and above all, fresh quality meats.
“We really enjoy all the neat people we get to meet through this business” shared Gettinger, when answering what is their “why” for continuing to operate their small, local business. He also shared that the family's biggest reason to keep going is pretty simple, “people will always need to eat.”

“Owning your own business is by far tougher than working for someone else,” Gettinger stated. The challenges sure don't slow him down though! He shared that he really enjoys having a great group of employees around him that have been there for him through thick and thin. When asked what he enjoys the most about owning his own business here in Rush County, he answered, “I enjoy being able to provide a service and products that people continue to come back for.”

GFCM have adjusted and adapted to the challenges that they have faced through the pandemic. “The biggest challenges were adapting to the restrictions put on our employees and having to quarantine if need be,” Gettinger stated. He shared that with all of the construction going on, many folks assume that they are closed, this is NOT true. They are OPEN for business and will NOT be moving! “The new park around us is going to be a great addition to this community and allow us to offer more at the Rushville retail shop,” Gettinger excitedly shared.

You can visit “Your Hometown Butcher” at 301 South Main Street five days a week! They are open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00am to 6:00pm, Wednesdays from 12:00pm to 6:00pm and Saturdays from 10:00am to 5:00pm. For any questions or requests, you can reach GFCM at 765-938-4000. Keep your eyes and ears out as well; as the weather warms, they will have deals on all of your grilling items!

Our small, local businesses need our support, now more than ever. They truly are the “heart of Rush County.” Get out and support local!