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May 28, 2009 11:31 AM

Where to buy Suckling Pig in Detroit Area

Anybody have any idea where I could get a whole suckling or baby pig in the Detroit area? I am trying to recreate the Cochinillo I had in Spain - best pig I have ever had - didnt have anything but salt and the flavor of the wood oven for flavor.


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  1. I'm waiting on a call back from my lamb guy as we speak. I'll ask him if he knows any one and check back if he does.
    There is a farm at the corner of 34 mile and McKay in Romeo that used to advertise fresh pig. If you head out that way you'll only be a mile or so from the Crooked Creek dairy farm.
    Another option might be the Gratiot market on Saturday near the Eastern Market. It's been a long time since I've been down there so maybe some one else can help. IIR you have to cross I-75 on the walkway to get to the market.

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    1. re: Fritter

      thanks fritter - look forward to hearing back.

      1. re: nielubow

        I did ask and he did not know of any one in the area. He mentioned that when corn prices sky rocketed last summer a lot of local farmers gave up on pigs. He did indicate that there may be some availability this fall.
        The best local bet I know is the farm I mentioned above but I have never purchased from them and can't help there any more than letting you know they did have a sign out in the past. I will keep an eye out and check back if I find a source. If you find one please let us know.

        1. re: Fritter

          will do - thanks for you efforts. I may try an asian grocer too.

    2. Posted this on the DetroitYes board, partly because I was curious myself. Someone posted this:

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      There are a few places around the Eastern Market that can get them. We got one for one of our beach barbeques a few years ago. I would go over there and ask around.
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      Several butcher shops there. I think there's one in the Gratiot Central Market (the one at the end of the little pedestrian bridge over the freeway spur. There's also a meat counter in the main shed on the weekends--that might be a good place to start.

      If you're out west, I'd also try Sparrow Meat Market in Ann Arbor. I have no idea about suckling pig, but they do a lot of special orders and are pretty helpful (if expensive).

      1. Have you tried La Colmena in Mexicantown? I seem to recall that they had them.

        Worth a shopping trip in any case!

        1. Try giving Mr Foods Meat and Deli down in Eastern Market a call. They are brand new and may do some back flips for new clients.

          2931 Russell

          I asked about my cow head for Barbacoa and he asked for just a call the day before.

          1. I found a source today at the Eastern Market. They are there every Saturday so if you call ahead they will bring it there or you can pick them up at the farm out by Almont. I asked weights and price and he estimated the smallest are 30# at $4 a pound.
            If you get one let us know how it works out. I'm going to give them a try for shoulders the next time I do pulled pig.
            They also rent cookers if you need one.


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            1. re: Fritter

              Here's an on line source that may give you a size/weight Vs price comparable.