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