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mobtown hound Feb 6, 2008 11:29 AM

I am looking for a good butcher in Baltimore where I can buy a variety of meats, including all of the primal cuts of beef and veal, rabbit, venison, lamb and so on. Any suggestions where to find such a thing?

  1. ko1 Feb 6, 2008 02:10 PM

    Good luck. Springfield Farm has a lot of what you're looking for, though.

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      onocoffee Feb 6, 2008 03:31 PM

      Primal cuts? Then you'll want to talk with a farm directly. You sure you know how to handle a quarter cow?

      Springfield Farm is a great place to start. Also, there's a farm (Wooster, maybe) at the Waverly Farmers Market that has nice meats. Pretty much whatever you want, you can order from these people.

      If you're looking for a more "conventional" butcher, try the guy at Ridgely & Ferren's on Allegheny Avenue in Towson.

      One thing, I do not believe that venison is legal for commercial sale in Maryland. If you want venison, I'm pretty sure you will either have to kill it yourself or have friends that do.

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      1. re: onocoffee
        Vespa1 Feb 6, 2008 05:12 PM

        You are correct onocoffee, in Maryland butchers cannot sell venison legally. Unfortunately for mobtown hound, deer season just closed on Jan. 31st. the season re-opens in mid-September.
        Smaller venison cuts are available from companies like d'Artagnan.
        If you would like a fresh deer in season; I know a guy...

        1. re: onocoffee
          mobtown hound Feb 6, 2008 06:59 PM

          I had a feeling that venison was unavailable. How about obtaining stuff like sweetbreads and pork bellies? Would any of those places you mentioned have the selection I'm looking for?

          Thanks for the suggestions.

          1. re: mobtown hound
            onocoffee Feb 7, 2008 04:24 AM

            Getting items like sweetbreads and pork bellies (even caul fat) will be no problem from the farms I mentioned above.

            At Ridgely, they will have to meet whatever minimum the slaughterhouse they buy from requires of them, therefore, so will you.

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          mobtown999 Feb 6, 2008 05:11 PM

          Although Faidley's at Lexington Market is a fishmonger, they do carry muskrat and other critters that are trapped by folks on the Bay.

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            Roland Parker Feb 7, 2008 04:02 AM

            Eddies in Roland Park has excellent butchers and very good meat, including prime beef.

            Cirellos in Belvedere Square is another upscale butcher.

            Springfield farm is another option.

            As for the more unsual cuts of meat, you may have to call around. If you call the butcher department at Eddies, they should be able to help you.

            And, there's always online! Quite a few topnotch meat producers have website which you can order from.

            1. Chowtimore Feb 7, 2008 04:51 AM

              Another option is JW Treuth


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              1. re: Chowtimore
                ko1 Feb 7, 2008 05:03 AM

                I like Treuth, but they don't carry much other than beef.

              2. ko1 Mar 9, 2008 01:07 PM

                I've found your answer. Fells Point Wholesale Meats on S. Monroe St. (410)539-5600 www.fellspointwholesalemeats.com . They have have pretty much everything you're looking for from first-rate sources like Nieman Ranch. According to Henry Hong, they sell retail but you must phone in advance.

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