Meet Jay Rowles
Jay Rowles was born in Pennsylvania, but he moved to Marlton at the age of 5 and has lived in South Jersey ever since. Jay has always enjoyed writing. After earning his Bachelor’s in Writing Arts from Rowan University, he went on to write for local newspapers. He’s also had a couple of short stories published.
But writing isn’t Jay’s only longtime interest. There’s also meat. In recent years, what began as his casual joy of grilling evolved into a more serious interest in barbecuing. This in turn led to his rather intense focus on butchering, which involved – among other things – a lot of self-study and a week-long workshop in Vermont. His wife and parents even gifted him with... a bone saw so he could further develop his meat cutting skills.
Last year Jay was ready to put his newly acquired skills and knowledge to work. He began working for a livestock farm and market near Princeton, nearly an hour from his home. Meanwhile, he had begun a quest for top-quality meats that led him to purchase a half pig from a local farm. When his pig was ready for harvest, the farm referred him here for processing.
It was Jay’s first time setting foot in Bringhurst. He liked what he saw, and soon became a regular customer. About a month ago he reached out to see if we might be interested in having him join the Bringhurst team. We absolutely were.
Although he’s only been working here a few weeks, Jay brings a lot to the table. He’s already learned a great deal about how we do butchering, and he shares this observation about his Bringhurst experience to date. “I'm surprised by the general level of expertise here. When I was at my last place there was one guy who knew how to break beef, and a couple of guys who knew how to finish cuts. But here at Bringhurst it seems like everyone I run into knows how to do everything – and you can tell they love what they’re doing. If it looks like we’re all having fun, it’s because we are”.
Jay has this advice for new Bringhurst customers: “If there’s something you want, be sure to ask. Even if you don’t see a particular cut it in the case, we may be able to cut if for you.”
When he’s not working, you’ll often find Jay hanging out in his Haddon Heights home with his wife, Liz, and their dog, Maggie. He’s currently training for an upcoming 100 mile bike ride. Yes, 100 miles. Sounds like a guy who’s in it for the long run. We look forward to having him on the team well into the future.