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Oct 21, 2010 04:27 AM

Brisket - locally raised

Looking for recs on where I can buy locally raised, non-CAFO brisket. I'm a vegetarian so never buy meat, but am cooking for my dad's birthday. Is there a grocery store or butcher you recommend? Or a farm near Boston? I'm in Brighton.

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  1. try river rock - look on line for them. they deliver at the brookline farmer's market if you call and order in advance.

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    1. re: teezeetoo

      Be warned that the Brookline farmer's market is ending its season next Thursday (10/28).

      Do give River Rock a call - they also sell at several small Boston-area markets such as City Feed and Dave's Fresh Pasta in Somerville, so you can probably order through one of those places. For a brisket you will definitely want to pre-order.

      Another option is Blood Farm, in Groton - they raise their own meats and also do the butchering for pretty much all the other local farmers. Again, best to call ahead (978-448-6669) and order a brisket to make sure you get what you want.

      1. re: Allstonian

        Blood Farm is *excellent* and I'm surprised that its so little known here. They rarely answer the phone, but you will have no problem getting brisket without a call. Yes, nsenada, you can get whole brisket here, and as Allstonian says, its all locally raised.

        1. re: Brock Lee Robb

          Sorry, but if you're going out to Groton from Boston specifically for a brisket you'd do well to keep calling until they *do* answer the phone - we've been disappointed more than once when trying to buy a brisket or other large cuts without arranging ahead of time, and since we have to rent a car to get there that's a significant disappointment.

          That said, we LOVE Blood Farm - we visit a couple of times a year, buy 10 to 15 pounds of their terrific bacon at a time and fill the deep freeze with assortments of their meats. The prices are competitive and the quality is great.

          1. re: Allstonian

            I have walked in on a Saturday a.m. (early) and walked out with a whole brisket, but I heartily agree - better safe than sorry!

          2. re: Brock Lee Robb

            Gonna have to check it out. I just ran out of my last package of meat from a share I bought into in the spring. And I'm always looking for good whole brisket sources.

            1. re: nsenada

              Went to Blood Farm yesterday (called in advance) and picked up two beautiful whole briskets (one of which has spent the last twelve hours soaking up some smoke). I also "convenience bought" a giant bag of marrow bones and two packages of bacon. I walked out with a bag o' meat that damned neared fused several vertebrae for $100. Despite the lengthy (albeit beautiful) drive to Groton, I will be making this trip as frequently as I can.

              1. re: nsenada

                So glad you like it! Yep, hard to walk out without "just a few more things." My last time, it was ground lamb, some veal liver, bacon of course, well better get another bacon, a chicken.... and at Stop n Shop prices.

                Would like to hear your opinion of the bacon, since I am unfamiliar with most of those mentioned on another thread recently. Does it compare?

                1. re: Brock Lee Robb

                  'twas very good - reminded me of the Niman Ranch bacon. Thick cut, a bit stubby. It is cured with nitrates, but that didn't bother me.

      2. I have received great brisket from my meat CSA with Chestnut Farms in Hardwick. I saw on another thread that they sell individual packages of meat at the Arlington and Lexington Farmer's Markets, so it's possible you might be able to pick up some brisket from them.

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        1. re: stomachofsteel

          I bet if TownSpa contacts them (via their website) they can arrange to have a brisket for him at either farmer's market. Hurry, though, farmer's market season is just about over.

        2. I'd be curious to know if you can get locally raised whole briskets.

          1. Thanks for all of your replies. I emailed River Rock but got no reply. Just tried to email Chestnut Farms via their CSA sign up (no other contact info is listed on their website), so will wait to hear from them, but may phone Blood Farms. I'll let you know what my results are.

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