The Dough Hook Meat Market - Certified Hereford Beef

The Dough Hook Meat Market

The Dough Hook Meat Market
The Dough Hook Meat Market in Bluffton Ohio is a must-stop destination when visiting the northwest part of the state. You will find baked goods made from scratch, local goods, Amish-crafted deli meats and cheeses, fresh-cut meats, and friendly service.

“All of our beef is Certified Hereford Beef®,” says Marlena Ballinger, second-generation owner, and on-site butcher at The Dough Hook Meat Market. “We believe Hereford beef is the best because the founder of The Dough Hook, John Calvelage, raises Hereford cattle.”

Love of the Hereford breed continues through generations of the market’s owners. Ballinger serves on the National Hereford Women board of directors. The market’s logo even includes Hereford imagery.

The Dough Hooks Meat Market prides itself on product quality and freshness. All meat is hand-cut on-site, most of it cut to order.

As a proud CHB partner, Dough Hook provides beef customers USDA Choice grade beef that also embodies Hereford’s unique carcass characteristics. The market also offers meat packages online at

Ballinger attributes her skill in the butcher shop to techniques passed down through generations of her family.

“Ever since I could walk, I was right at the butchering table with my grandfather, father, and brothers, graduating from a butter knife to a paring knife and finally a butcher’s knife,” says Ballinger.

Ballinger and her crew promote The Dough Hook and Certified Hereford Beef on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok (@thedoughhook). Visit their pages to see product spotlights, weekly specials, and behind-the-scenes videos.