For over 25 years, I worked at a local paper mill. When I retired, I spent most of my time fishing. I also began making beef jerky for friends and family using a few dehydrators and my own recipes. Soon, I was getting calls from complete strangers wanting my jerky. So I went back to work. My friend Jim and I designed and built both a regular and stainless steel dehydrator. I found beef, spice and packaging suppliers, and my brother Jimmy helped me make and package the jerky. My daughter-in-law designed a logo that looks a bit like me and my beautiful girlfriend kept the books. I was fishing less, but more and more people liked my jerky. I wasn’t sure but this was looking less and less like retirement.
Finally, in 2006, “Wayne’s Jerky” became available for Wisconsin residents. At first, local bars carried my beef jerky. Then, area grocery and convenience stores picked it up. I also sold directly to my customers at both the Green Bay Farmer’s Market on Broadway and the Downtown Appleton Farmer’s Market.
Now Wayne’s Jerky is sold in over 40 grocery and convenience stores in Northeast Wisconsin. Since Wisconsin summers are so short and more and more people are asking to buy jerky directly from me, I felt the time was right to make my jerky available online. Now you don’t have to worry if you miss the markets or your favorite flavor sells out at the store. You can get Wayne’s Jerky anytime.
Where Can I Find Wayne’s Jerky?
Locally, Wayne’s Jerky is available at Festival Foods, Woodman’s, and Green Bay area Grand Central Stations.
You can find me at Wednesdays farmers market in Green Bay on Broadway from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm, Saturdays farmers market in Green Bay on Washington St from 7:00 am to Noon and Appleton farmers market on College Ave. Saturdays from 8:00 am until 12:30. We can also be found in convenience and grocery stores, and gas stations all across Wisconsin and the country actually! Check out the map of our locations HERE.