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Jan 22, 2009 10:27 AM

Where to buy leaf lard and/or fatback?

I bought some fatback from Chestnut Farms this summer and would like to buy some more. I don't have a CSA with them and am trying to get them to slip some into a CSA that my friend has.

Until then, does anyone know if there's a farm or store that would supply me with good pasture-raised pork fat? I'm trying to render lard and want to use the best fat possible.


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  1. Where are you located? You might want to post on your local board for sources. I've bought leaf lard at a farmer's market in NYC.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Thanks! I'm new to this and thought I was doing that. I'm in the Boston area.

      1. re: aimeemarr

        If you call Blood Farm in Groton MA I am sure that they fat back for a good price. For a slightly higher price, give Savenor's either in Cambridge or on Charles Street in Boston a call. I would imagine that the cambridge location would have it on hand at all times as they are also a meat supplier for local restaurants.

    2. Lionette's on Tremont Street in the South End has an excellent fat selection. Their lard comes from the pastured pig they get in weekly from Bob Clarke in Vermont. If you call ahead, I'm sure they'd be willing to reserve some fatback for you.

      1. I went to Formaggio in Cambridge before the holidays and they hooked me up w/some fantastic and freshly rendered leaf lard . . . the remainder's in the freezer now - like semi-solid gold, that stuff! I'd call ahead, but they were perfectly willing to package up some of the stuff they use themselves (they render it there) and sell it to me.