Black Earth Meats may anchor new Mount Horeb food center

An investor group in Mount Horeb is looking to establish an artisan food enterprise center that could attract a renamed Black Earth Meats as an anchoring business.

Black Earth Meats closed this summer after a dispute with the Village of Black Earth, which labeled the company a “public nuisance.”

Representatives of an investment group called Mount Horeb Equity Partners and led by Brad Murphy, executive director of the Mount Horeb Economic Development Corp., are considering a food enterprise center with several businesses sharing facilities, retail, and even distribution. Businesses on the short list could include a Mount Horeb-based chocolatier and an Illinois-based salmon business. If Black Earth Meats moves to the site, it will not bring its slaughterhouse with it, as those operations are temporarily being handled in Viroqua.