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Mar 30, 2011 09:06 AM

Sustainable pork in brooklyn?

Hey Chowhound,

One of my favorite italian sauces to make is amatriciana, which requires guancialle, or at least pancetta, as part of its flavor base. But I've also recently decided to try to eat more sustainably. Does anyone know where I can find pork products from sustainably-raised pigs? Lower manhattan would be fine as well.


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  1. How could a pig be sustainable if it had its throat slit?
    Just wondering...

    3 Replies
    1. re: byrd

      I don't know. Maybe other pigs had to eat it to avoid starvation?

      Glad to know cynicism is still alive and well in NYC. If you really don't know what sustainable agriculture is, I would direct you to The Omnivore's Dilemma, which is as good as it is well-known, and makes a good case for sustainable meat-consumption as a better path forward than worldwide vegetarianism. It's not what convinced me to attempt a sustainable diet, but it was the first book that got me thinking.

      1. re: cigar12345

        I'm a big fan of Ray Bradley's pork at the GAP farmer's market. Think it's "sustainable" but you could ask. He's very friendly and helpful. I like his pork better than Flying Pigs. (Full disclosure: he and I sometimes do a "lard for pies" swap, so perhaps I am not entirely objective.)

        1. re: missmasala

          Ray Bradley is the schinizzle. He definitely has great pork. His corolla potatoes, fresh herbs and honey are also Aces, and would absolutely compliment any cut of pork you buy from him.

    2. You could try the Meat Hook in Williamsburg, Flying Pigs at the GAP Greenmarket, The Piggery CSA might be able to help and there is a market in Fort Greene that cures their own meats. The name escapes me... The New Amserdan Market has different vendors every weekend and a few times last season they had a vendor that was selling it. Oh! And possibly reach out the Good luck!

      Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
      Prospect Park W and Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

      The Meat Hook
      100 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

      1. I just bought some organic guanciale at Caputo's on Court St. I know organic does not necessarily equal sustainable but it's a start....

        Caputo's Fine Foods
        460 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

        1. I dont know from sustainably raised, but La Quercia cured pork products are sold in Brooklyn, including guanciale at Coluccio and various items (prosciutto I think) at Fairway. they make various claims aboutt their meat sources

          You also might want to check at Brooklyn Larder which makes its own cured products from Heirloom pork and might be able to satisfy your needs.

          Fairway Market
          480 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

          Coluccio and Sons
          1214 60th St, Brooklyn, NY 11219

          Bklyn Larder
          228 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

          1. Marlo and Daughters is probably a good spot for this... Meat Hook too.

            Marlow & Daughters
            95 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

            The Meat Hook
            100 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211