Half pigs or quarter cows?
Has anyone on this board successfully purchased a (butchered) half pig or quarter cow from a high-end farmer in the region? I'm looking for either a heritage pig (e.g. Berkshire) or grass-fed cow, professionally butchered, that I can stash in a chest freezer through the cold months. If no one has any suggestions for me, I've looked on Heritage Foods, and identified their featured farmers in the Illinois and Missouri areas, and I'm planning on contacting them directly.
Thanks for your help, and I'll report back my findings.
Grem...you might consider a relatively short drive to the Champaign area and check out some of the links listed here; http://www.champaign-taste.blogspot.com/ specifically the "Triple-S Farm" link in the right of center column of listings. You'll find dozens upon dozens of quality producers in our area and it's only around 2 hours south of the "city".
We are getting a quarter cow from Providence Farms (Michigan) this year. They also offer pigs, lambs and poultry. I can't offer a comprehensive report yet on the wholesale beef, but their "retail" offerings (sold at farmer's markets in the summer) were outstanding.
Saugatuck, Mi, Saugatuck, Mi
You might want to try Arnold's Farm:
See the ordering info tab; he delivers to the Chicago area and Dubuque. Not sure if delivery is somewhat seasonal or not, we get ours directly from the farm. It's a great day trip from the Chicago area. I would call first and I wouldn't go for just a pound of ground beef, wonderful though it is.
It's a 100 plus year old family farm 10-15 miles east of Galena in beautiful Jo Daviess County. We have had quite a bit of their meat (pork, beef & chicken) and enjoyed it greatly.
Tom Arnold runs it; I think that he is at least fourth generation and a nice guy.