Wohrle's celebrates 100 years this year.
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Ben Garver has been photographing the Berkshire hills and people for The Eagle since 1994. In his spare time, Garver enjoys hiking and biking with his Australian cattle dog, Cheyenne.
A look back at the 100 years that shaped Wohrle’s Foods Inc., which began when John W. Wohrle — a meat cutter from Germany’s Black Forest region — first sold frankfurters, sausage and luncheon meats from a horse-drawn cart in Pittsfield in 1921. Today, the business spans four generations and boasts 100 years of feeding Pittsfield, and beyond, high-quality baby frankfurters and meats.
While every dog might have its day, some dogs have decades.
For nearly 80 of its 100 years in business, Wohrle’s Foods has maintained a single bestseller. It’s a smoked, 4¼-inch-long, part-beef, part-pork frankfurter stuffed in a natural casing, hand-twisted, hand-tied and weighing about an ounce.
It’s a Pittsfield classic, born and bred.
When the national membership-only warehouse chain BJ’s Wholesale Club opened in 2011 off Hubbard Avenue in Pittsfield, many believed BJ’s would make it increasingly more difficult for a certain independent, family-run food warehouse at the outer reaches of East Street to endure.
Yet, 10 years later, Wohrle’s Food Warehouse endures.