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[DTW] Pigs in MI

I have been looking into buying a whole pig, does anyone have any advice? I have a couple of numbers from the net but haven't called yet so I have not fully done my homework but... When you buy a pig do you get all the good stuff (trotters, head, innards)? Is it possible to partake in the butchery, or observe? Where do you get the "specialty" pork, Tamworth, Berkshire, Mangalista? What size freezer its necessary to house the noble beast?

As an aside, are there any shops that carry, or can get specific cuts from the "specialty" pigs? I have tried Jack's in Novi but that is far from home (Garden City) and I haven't been entirely happy.

To explain all my pork talk tonight, I have nearly forty five pounds of butts, spares, baby backs, and sausage rubbed down and waiting for the smoker :)

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    1. Can't say if this is what you want...I have heard good things from a coworker but no personal experience with these folks.

      http://www.jandmfarm.com/

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      1. re: coney with everything

        We've bought so much pork from them over the last few years. Two or three suckling pigs, hams for every holiday, shoulders, ears, plus just the everyday pork.

        They use a custom butcher, so you can pretty much specify whatever part of the pig you want. I think the ears were free (I think Jon was kind of grossed out that we eat them, but whatever).

      2. Here is a thread we did a while ago about pigs and breeds and suppliers in SE Michigan. It's about suckling pigs but as you know if you want them bigger... just wait a bit.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/623290

        1. We are also looking for jowl per your previous request.

          1. The Garden Gate Farm is a CSA Farm and a vendor at both the Farmington and Auburn Hills Farmers Markets. They raise pigs and heirloom vegetables. They live in the thumb but will bring whatever you need to either market. We have gotten excellent pork from them. They are not certified organic but they are certified naturally grown...which,basically means the pigs are raised using organic practices but they have not paid to have the farm certified. They do all their own butchering and I have to say, they have some of the best bacon I have ever tasted. We dropped a bundle last week because they had bacon burgers and portabella and swiss sausages!