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Sep 7, 2008 08:32 AM

Sourcing Wild Boar and other game meats in NJ

Where can I get wild boar (to cook, not to eat), and such in NJ? preferably Middlesex county, but I guess I can't be greedy.

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  1. I've seen wild boar at Whole Foods on occasion, although it may have only been prepared items, such as sausages, or terines, I don't quite remember. Here's a few internet sources, hopefully they will be of use to you, both are NJ based companies, although in the case of mail order I know that doesn't really matter.

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    1. re: DrewBB

      thanks, I guess mail order isn't so bad if the transport is in NJ.

      1. re: RPMcMurphy

        Just for fun, ask at European Provisions on Old Bridge Turnpike. I'll bet they know where or can order it for you.

        Or go to a SWMHS reunion; lots of wild bores there.

        1. re: Passadumkeg

          you just made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.... worst 4 years of my life. Only teacher I learned something from was Gilfillian (im sure you remember him) and it had nothing to do with the actual class he was teaching. only teacher i had that knew how to teach. (yeah I'm a bit bitter)

          yeah i'll ask european provisions good idea.

          1. re: RPMcMurphy

            Worst 4 years for me too. I was a rebel and the subversive student council president. I got the citizenship awards at graduation from the Repubs. and Dems, but was suspended 3 times my senior year alone. I still have a buddy who does a lot of hunting. If anyone knows, it will be him. I'll contact him. Three weeks until hunting season in Maine> Lot out Bambi & Thumper, here I come!

          2. re: Passadumkeg

            No wild boar at European Provisions. Just seeing the name of the place forced me to go there today! I needed a Kielbasa fix, along with barrel sauerkraut - they had it today. Also picked up some fresh Potato & Cheese Pierogi.
            I know it's getting off topic, and I'm kind of kicking myself for not trying it, they had containers that looked like chicken soup, but were pig's feet packed with the gelatin from cooking. It was topped with sliced carrots, and really looked like gelatinized chicken soup. The ladies in the store told me you ate it topped with white vinegar & black pepper, I really wish I bought some - oh well I'll be due for another trip in about a month, hope they have it. I LOVE this place.

            1. re: DrewBB

              it's better than ice cream.

              Not to brag, but I can walk there...

     I'm bragging.

              next time hit up El Tapatio or Brazil Country Restaurant on main too...

              next time you go take some pics to add to my "south river tour"

              1. re: RPMcMurphy

                I have seen it, and posted on it as well! - never did get to Ria Mar though.... I love bussiness districts in small towns, and love to see revitalization of these areas, your blog is a great guide to South River.

          3. re: RPMcMurphy

            You can pick up at Dartagnan, it's near Newark Airport. I think you may have to call ahead and place the order,though.

        2. If you're willing to travel about an hour, there is a Butcher at the Italian Market in Philly that specializes in game and exotic meats. (Some *really* exotic). Sorry, I don't remember the name, but it's on the east side of 9th street, right in the middle of the market. You can't miss it... look for interesting animals hanging in the front window.

          1. I've gotten wild boar from D'Artagnan from Olssen's in Trenton Farmers Market, but he may not always have it in stock. You can probably order on-line directly from D'Artagnan or find out from them who carries it locally. D'Angelo's in South Phill sells wild game of all kinds if you're up for a drive, or you can order online. His chili mix is addictive.

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              1. I would personally internet source wild boar. Anyplace that "has" it in NJ got it that way; so go direct unless you want to middle-man support local small shops.

                I am pretty sure there hasn't been a wild boar *the animal* that could be legally hunted in NJ for a long time now. I do consider feral hogs/pigs a different species than boar.

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                1. re: Quine

                  That's True. The majority of the feral swine I've used has come from ranches in Texas.

                  1. re: Quine

                    Dartagnan produces the meat themselves. It comes from boar raised in Canada.

                    1. re: bropaul

                      So would boar raised by a producer be considered wild? Or just pork?