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Where to buy a whole pig ??????

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mendogurl Aug 10, 2009 03:00 PM

Hi everyone, and thanks for your help.

I am trying to find a GOOD butcher in the LA area where I could buy a whole pig for roasting, feeding about 50-60 people (not a suckling).
I can get one in SF and drive it down, but what a pain ! Surely there must be a place in the LA area. In SF I can get a free range, heritage pig, but I may have to settle for just any whole pig here.
Any ideas ?

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    brunello Aug 10, 2009 11:25 PM

    Also try Harmony Farms in La Crescenta. Just call first

    http://www.harmonyfarmsonline.com/

    1. Mattapoisett in LA Aug 10, 2009 05:30 PM

      Another Place to consider is the Cal Poly Meat Science and Processing Lab. These are animals which are raised by the students at Cal Poly Pomona. You can get cuts of Meat from the Farm store on Campus but for large orders of Beef and Pork, contact them directly

      http://www.csupomona.edu/~meatlab/

      California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
      Meat Science & Processing, Bldg. #34
      3801 W. Temple Blvd.
      Pomona, CA 91768

      (909) 869-2143

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        mendogurl Aug 12, 2009 07:29 AM

        Oh, that is an awesome resource. I wonder if they would "process" my chickens?

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          Mattapoisett in LA Aug 12, 2009 08:20 AM

          I don't know. If you find out, post the answer.

      2. David Kahn Aug 10, 2009 04:22 PM

        Many years back, we hosted a chowhound fundraiser at which we roasted a whole pig in a caja china. At Ruskar's suggestion, we got the pig at Broadleaf Meat and Game in Vernon. Their website is here:
        http://www.broadleafgame.com . The pig was superb, and Broadleaf got us exactly what we wanted at a great price. We did need to order in advance, however. Hope this is of some help.

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          TomSwift Aug 10, 2009 04:34 PM

          I have fond memories of that event and the crispy skin to die for. Did the pictures ever get posted somewhere?

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            Professor Salt Aug 10, 2009 06:53 PM

            I posted them on Yahoo Photos, which Yahoo eliminated after they bought Flickr. So sadly, the online archive is gone.

            David, does Broadleaf sell to the public, or does one need to have a hookup with one of Broadleaf's acccounts?

          2. re: David Kahn
            wilafur Aug 10, 2009 04:52 PM

            direct link to the whole pig:

            http://www.broadleafgame.com/componen...

            1. re: David Kahn
              Bob Brooks Aug 11, 2009 04:18 PM

              I'll never forget that pig, or your generosity in putting that terrific event together. Thanks, again.

              1. re: David Kahn
                The Chowhound Team Aug 12, 2009 08:54 AM

                The Chowhound Team split a question about using La Caja China pig roaster to the Home Cooking board. If you have tips you'd like to share, please follow here

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/644079#

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                Burger Boy Aug 10, 2009 03:57 PM

                Try one of the bigger Mexican Super Markets out your way. Heck, call Claro's Italian Deli, they do their own sausage and stuff, ask if they can get you a pig?

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                Claro's Italian Market
                1003 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA

                1. Professor Salt Aug 10, 2009 03:09 PM

                  Where are you in L.A? Try Harvey Guss or Marconda's, both in the Mid City area.

                  Also a previous thread from last month
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/635412

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                  Harvey's Guss Meat Co
                  949 S Ogden Dr, Los Angeles, CA

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                    mendogurl Aug 10, 2009 03:24 PM

                    I'm in Pasadena, but anywhere in the greater Los angeles area is a shorter drive than San Francisco.
                    Thanks, I will try your suggestions.

                    1. re: mendogurl
                      monku Aug 10, 2009 09:14 PM

                      If you're willing to shop around I'm sure any Asian market like a 99 Ranch Market can get you one. I see them unloading pigs at these markets all the time.

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