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Apr 26, 2009 01:49 PM

Getting heritage pork in LA?

Hey Chowhounders-

I am looking to get my hands on some cuts from heritage pigs-Berkshire's or Duroc's, that kind of thing. I know I can order them online, but I was kind of hoping to be able to get smaller portions that are generally sold online, as well as just go on a whim, as opposed to planning it out and ordering online.

Any advice on finding some good heritage pork in LA?

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  1. I get Snake River Farms kurobuta at Vicente Foods. Well worth it.

    The portions are small.

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    1. re: jaykayen

      I just picked up some pork chops last Friday night. Full service butcher at 9:00 pm. Chops were cut to order, 2 inches thick. $16.00 a pound.

      1. re: TomSwift

        yep, 16/lb. I think it's worth it.

        1. re: jaykayen

          You bet. We had them last night, braised, and Farmer John should turn in his hat these were so good. It was the quality of the Snake River product and the willingness of the butcher to cut to order that made the difference.

    2. Oooo, I like how you think. I will be following this thread closely!!

      1. I'm interested to see what places come up on here as I too am very interested in finding some Berkshire, Duroc's and Kurobata pork including bellies and what not.

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        1. re: Psiweaver

          I don't know where you guys live but this may help you. Japanese and koreans are big on Kurobuta so try there market. I know they have them. There are several cuts too. For La guys. Ashi market [Korean]. 2 blocks east of western av on 8th st. WLA guys. Nijiya market [Japanese] On Sawtell blvd east side 1block north of olympic blvd, Mitsuwa market Japanese] On the corner of Venice blvd and Centinela av. I hope this helps. By the way Snake River Farm's Kurobuta is very good. Enjoy. BT

          1. re: bigtuna27

            Thanks BT! I will have to check out those korean markets!

            1. re: bigtuna27

              Thanks for the info - my husband and children will be totally psyched and I will wow all of my guests at our summer parties!!

          2. Local stores are good to know, but for lots of interesting choices, try:


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            1. re: Mel Gee

              That is definitely the best place to get the stuff online. I was kind of hoping for a store so that I didn't have to buy an entire quarter hog in one go =)

              1. re: btgordon

                Yes, Heritage is the place to get a Red Wattle Quarter Hog ($250), for example, but they also offer numerous smaller packages. Not for the person who wants just one or two chops, however.

            2. This might be too late, but the local slow food group will be buying some pork from Clark Summit at the end of June. Their stock is duroc and hampshire. Unless a couple more people sign up, you'd probably have to buy 1/2 pig.

              The meat sharing website is:

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              1. re: posh

                If you wait for the members of the board to get their shit together, you'll be waiting a long long time. I went my own way.