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Local VA Hams?

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arose Nov 28, 2011 07:47 AM

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I am hoping to buy a smoked or baked ham for this upcoming weekend - but was hoping for something more locally grown and cured than the honey baked or grocery store variety.

Since Virginia is known for their hams I was hoping this wouldn't be too hard. extra points for pickup or delivery closer to DC proper as I am a city dweller and might not want to drive hours to get the ham.

Thanks in advance!

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    hazelhurst RE: arose Nov 28, 2011 08:14 AM

    It is probably too late to get in line for this weekend but there is a helluva ham at Dardens Country Store "out from" Smithfield. They have a website. Any ham that is coated with borax is OK by me. It's great stuff.

    1. tommyskitchen RE: arose Nov 28, 2011 08:43 AM

      The butchers at Eastern market can help you and they are close to the Metro.

      Keep in mind - most "Virginia" hams are salt-cured and need 1-3 days to soak before they are cooked in order to leech some of the salt and put some moisture back into the Ham.

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        Milocat1 RE: arose Nov 28, 2011 09:26 AM

        There is a vendor at the Old Town farmers market in Alexandria on Saturdays who sells local ham. He is next to the Town Hall below the clock. Unfortunately I do not know his name but he is always there.

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          Mer_Made RE: Milocat1 Nov 30, 2011 05:28 AM

          I think that's Calhoun's. I got one of those this summer, and it was very good. Salty, but really good.

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            monavano RE: Mer_Made Nov 30, 2011 02:49 PM

            Tom Calhoun's VA hams are excellent and a true VA product through and through.

        2. monavano RE: arose Nov 30, 2011 02:48 PM

          VA is known for VA hams, not other kinds like smoked.

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