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Jun 25, 2010 10:49 AM

Looking for meat markets in Northern RI/Providence area

New poster here. I tried to search but I didn't find anything on the topic.

What I am looking for is a meat market to get whole cuts of beef, pork, perhaps lamb that I can use to grind into hamburger and sausage. I am looking for cuts in the 5-15 lb range. Anything more than that at once would be too much (in other words, I don't need sides of beef!)

In the same vein, I found a link showing farmers markets in RI. I haven't tried any yet but if I do I will give a review.

Thanks in advance for the help!

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  1. I've never bought meat that way so I can't say for sure they'll do it, but in Woonsocket & Cumberland you'll find Shaw's Meats and Michael's Meats....both very good.

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    1. re: JaneRI

      2nd on Michael's Meats - Mendon Road, Cumberland

    2. In Pawtucket try:

      Michael's Boulevard Meats
      627 Armistice Blvd
      Pawtucket, RI 02861
      (401) 728-2260

      Armando's on Pine Street, My personal favorite

      or you may even ask at the meat / deli counter at BJ's.

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      1. re: FjmArch

        Try aquidnick farm at the providence farmers market

        1. re: FjmArch

          Michael's is now called Andella's Boulevard Meats. I've never been disappointed.

          Hope farmer's market off of the Boulevard has many local and sustainable farms with excellent, though frozen (by law) grass-fed and free-range meats. Bit pricey, but I'm sure you can talk with one of the farmers and they'll be able to get you the cuts you need.

        2. There is a place on Gano Street that sells this type of meet. I don't remember the name but it is near the intersection of PItman and Gano, near a Dunkin Donuts.

          1. Thank you all for your suggestions! A little follow up. I checked out 2 markets, Michael's and Armando's. While Michael's was certainly a nice, clean place and the people there were friendly, the prices were not very good, in many cases higher than the regular prices at a super market.

            But Armando's was amazing. I made the mistake going there on Sat, July 2nd so the place was PACKED but honestly, I think that's a great sign. I have never seen meat counters so large. Separate whole counters for chicken, pork and beef. Plus so many things that I have never seen in a market before, including many ethnic produce items. Not that I am interested in goat per se but it was available as well as every other part of these animals. But the really great part was the prices. Bone in pork shoulder $1.29/lb, chuck roast, $2.99/lb, seemingly their normal prices. I didn't see any signs indicating sales. At Michael's the pork was $2.59 and chuck roast $4.69.

            I didn't have time to wait in the huge lines that day so I haven't had a chance to test anything out but from everything I could see I was impressed. I will definitely be going back some time when its not a holiday. Thanks, FjmArch!

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            1. re: ChefTell15

              I'd also try to do my best to avoid Armando's on the first of each month...I don't go to Price Rite then either. :) Take note...they close early on Saturdays and Sundays, so make sure you're prepared ahead of time! Have often gotten locked out when running there for last-minute meats to grill. Oh, and the butchers all seem quite knowledgeable!

              1. re: GabachaYucateca

                Ah, I was assuming it was the holiday but being the 2nd must be the bigger factor. Thanks for the tip!

              2. re: ChefTell15

                Chef Tell, You are welcome. I was there on July 3rd; fortunately I knew to be there when they opened the doors to avoid the mad rush. Should have warned you about the first of the month craze.
                Managed to pick-up a few pork butts and 6 beautiful racks of baby backs for Sunday. Yes they were fantastic as always.

                1. re: ChefTell15

                  Armando's is fantastic. I love that they generally have both cabrito and older stewing goat as well. They also have a great range of different blood sausages. Plus, it's clean and (as you mention) cheap.