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Where do I buy a whole pig for my freezer? Or whole lamb? Whole cow?

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jennyjen Feb 1, 2011 05:36 PM

I have been wanting to buy a whole butchered animal for years - the challenge of cooking all of it (over a few months, that is!) intrigues me. Where can I buy a sustainably raised (no hormones, no antibiotics, pastured its whole life) pig, lamb and or cow and also pick it up already butchered and packaged for my freezer?

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    cgarner Feb 9, 2011 06:30 AM

    Another source (I can't believe I forgot her) Nitya Ackeroyd has a stand at the Skippack Farmers Market, her and her mate have Woodsong Hollow Farm
    http://www.woodsonghollow.com/
    Chicken, lamb, goat, pork and eggs
    http://www.skippackfarmersmarket.net/...
    The market has moved indoors to the 4-H facility
    but you can contact Nitya through her website

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      Bigley9 Feb 7, 2011 08:58 AM

      The farmer who had the truck at the No Libs Saturday market at the Piazza offered whole or half pigs and cows. I can not for the life of me remember his name.

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        Hungryin theBurbs Feb 9, 2011 03:44 AM

        I think it's MB Farview. They also come out to the markets in the burbs and are very accommodating with special orders.

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        cgarner Feb 2, 2011 06:43 AM

        Hi Jennyjen,

        Tussock Sedge Farm has grass fed, grass finished cows. they're AMAZING flavor and you can buy by the whole, half or a sample package (of course the whole cow is the cheaper cost per pound option)
        http://www.tussocksedgefarm.com/About.htm
        They're the nicest people and are happy to answer any questions you have.
        All meat is fully butchered and they're quite picky about the quality of the cuts. They've just changed butchers in the last year or so because they weren't happy with the last one... they pay attention to the details which is indicative of people who care

        Hendricks arm and Dairy sell pork and lamb (and awesome tasting chickens) but I don't know about whole pig, also very nice people working there. You could call them and possibly special order

        http://www.hendricksfarmsanddairy.com/

        another place to look is Eat Wild, Pennsylvania
        http://www.eatwild.com/products/pennsylvania.html

        or local harvest

        http://www.localharvest.org/

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          JohnnyKBar Feb 5, 2011 07:01 PM

          Hendricks doesn't raise pigs anymore, but they've started raising goats, which might be interesting for you. You could probably work something out with them.

          I thought I read somewhere that Happy Farm in Kintersville had heritage pigs, but could be wrong. They have plenty of fowl, though, and all pastured.

          You may want to check out the cooperative extensions' farm-to-table maps and call around. For really good stuff, you might want to consider heading up into the Lehigh Valley or Berks to get heritage pigs. I haven't heard of anything definitive about a source in the philly burbs.

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            Bashful3 Feb 7, 2011 02:41 AM

            Jen, you must have one heck of a freezer. I get freezer envy whenever I see this post. Mine is just the bottom part of a very large refrigerator, and it isn't at all big enough for my needs.

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              cgarner Feb 7, 2011 07:29 AM

              I didn't know that JKB

              Is this very recent? I see their sausages and just assumed they were made from their own pigs (but then come to think of it, you see the goats and the chickens and the cows... but I haven't seen a pig there that I can recall)

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                JohnnyKBar Feb 9, 2011 01:51 AM

                I think I was there about a year ago when I was picking up a pork shoulder. They said that they get the pig from up in the Lehigh Valley. Raising the pigs was more work than it was worth, especially when they could get Berkshire pork from a good farm locally. They had started raising goats by then.
                I do love their sausage, though. Bob does a great job.

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