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Getting heritage pork in LA?

btgordon Apr 26, 2009 01:49 PM

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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    jaykayen Apr 26, 2009 02:31 PM

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

    The portions are small.

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      TomSwift May 18, 2009 08:58 AM

      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.

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        jaykayen May 18, 2009 08:36 PM

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

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          TomSwift May 19, 2009 08:52 AM

          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. Phurstluv Apr 26, 2009 05:00 PM

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

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        Psiweaver Apr 26, 2009 05:11 PM

        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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          bigtuna27 Apr 26, 2009 05:37 PM

          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
            btgordon Apr 26, 2009 06:14 PM

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

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              Phurstluv Apr 26, 2009 06:35 PM

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

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            Mel Gee Apr 27, 2009 01:37 AM

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


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              btgordon Apr 27, 2009 06:26 AM

              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 =)

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                Mel Gee Apr 27, 2009 02:39 PM

                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.

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              posh May 15, 2009 02:05 PM

              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: http://scmeat.ning.com/

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              1. re: posh
                WileysHungryAgain May 18, 2009 03:33 PM

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

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