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searching for a wild boar vendor at the local farmers markets

last summer at the Brickworks we were getting wild boar sausage (leek and black olive! yum!), bacon and even once prosciutto (tossed with grilled asparagus it was hands down a top 3 food moment of my life!).

He also sold elk and elk pepperettes for dog treats and was super friendly and nice.

He's not at the Brickworks this summer (indeed it seems smaller and less good with the construction going on) and I'm desperate to find him and his boar again.

Any leads appreciated!

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  1. Not the same vendor, but John Rietkerk of Second Wind Elk has a year-round booth at the Saturday St. Lawrence North market. Along with his own naturally raised elk and elk sausages, he sells wild boar and other meats raised by neighbouring farmers.

    I believe there's another elk farmer selling at Riverdale Farm on Tuesdays and possibly at the Green Barn (Wychwood) on Saturdays.

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    1. re: Tatai

      If the wild boar is raised by other farmers, how can they call it "wild" boar?.

      1. re: foodyDudey

        you take a wolf, put it in a zoo it doesn't go "poof" and magically become a dog because it's captive, take actual wild boars, don't interbreed them with domesticated pigs which have had 10 thousand or so years of us pushing their DNA around and yes they still genetically the same as the original wild animal, yes the domesticated feed will alter the taste profile from a true wild game animal but it's also not going to have the same characteristics a domestic pig.

    2. The Brickworks is physically the same size as last year, there is just less parking, but a few of the regular vendors have moved from there to Wychwood, quite likely your board sausage guy is at Wychwood.

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      1. re: bytepusher

        Thanks for that - it's worth a trip to Wychwood to find out - sadly they don't list their vendors online anywhere.

        Yes the space is the same - not sure about parking as we take the shuttle from Broadview but it seems me me a lot of the vendors we liked and bought a lot from are gone - Withrow too has less vendors this year.

        I've found a notice that Wychwood has between 25 and 35 vendors every week so that could explain it - just wish it was closer to the east end!

        1. re: shana

          Personally the only vendors I'm missing is Ezra the sandwich guy, he definitely went to Wychwood, and Ruth from Monforte cheese, she's not producing cheese this year while she builds a new dairy and is only at St Lawrence North with aged cheddar style cheese.

          Akiwenzie's Fish was around at the start of the season but they are renovating their plant and haven't been producing for much of the season either.

          1. re: bytepusher

            A friend of mine was buying it at the Dufferin Farmer's Market a couple of years ago.

          2. re: shana

            I've been at the Wychwood market pretty consistently for the last few months, and I haven't seen anybody selling boar or elk (however, two of the vendors do seem to have red veal, which i found very exciting).

        2. It's a bit of a hike, but I have bought the "wildschweinwurst" at Ruppelt's on Markham Rd, just north of Eglinton in Scarborough. Give them a try if in the area. I really like the flavour.

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          1. re: currycue

            Thank you! I was trying to remember the name of the place I bought some store made European weiners today for the hot dog cook-off. It was Rupelt's -- right near me. My first time there; very friendly folks.

          2. While not a farmer's market, Blackstone on the Danforth was selling wild boar sausage as part of Taste of the Danforth. Not sure if they carry it as a regular item, but I know they do special orders.

            1. Greetings
              Just to let you know we are and have been at the Brickworks all summer long. Although we no longer have our famous wild boar bacon, we do still have our ever popular black olive and leek sausage along with a wonderful selection of our elk products.
              If you don't find us at the Brickworks Farmers market, we are also at the Riverdale Farmer's market on Tuesday from 3-7.

              1. Those elk treats make for some very happy dogs!

                If you are specifically looking for some wild boar sausages, I remember getting some a few months back, at Fiesta Farms. I don't remember who makes them, though. While quite tasty, they were quite salty for my taste, so I suspect they are not the sublime ones you have tried.

                1. I don't know if this is the people you are looking for but there were vendors at the Feast of the Fields this past weekend. They were selling wild boar at the event but apparently have stalls at Sherway? (could this be it), and someone also sells their meat at the Etobicoke Civic market, and at Orangeville market. They are from up that way somewhere. I don't know if they sold other meats too. Sorry this is so vague. There was sooo much to see that day!

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                  1. re: dory

                    The wild boar reserve (it's not a farm; it's an actual hunting range) that exhibited at Feast of Fields on Sunday is Big Tusks Wild Boar. www.bigtusks.com

                    1. re: dory

                      Yes, they are at the sherway gardens farmers market on fridays.

                      however, I think there is only about a month left until the market stops running.

                    2. When I was there on Saturday, the butcher at J-Town was taking orders for wild (well, farm-raised) boar. Might be worth checking out if you are in that area.

                      1. Hello Everyone - first post from a new member so please overlook any errors. I live in Fonthill in Niagara and I wanted to let you know about the wild boar octoberfest sausage at Lakeland Meats in St. Catharines. Absolutely fantastic. I don't know if I'm allowed to post the link but if you google, their website says it all. great game meats and they also ship if you never come down this way.