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Where to buy fresh pork ham in san diego

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zenclimber Dec 2, 2011 08:51 AM

I am looking for a place or a farmer to buy fresh, local pork. I want to brine and smoke a ham for christmas and am looking for a shank end, bone in pork roast. I would prefer to buy from a local farmer or maybe a 4H group. Want a good qaulity product that will have a lot of flavor. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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    cstr RE: zenclimber Dec 2, 2011 08:55 AM

    I believe you're referring to a fresh Picnic shoulder, I'd try Iowa Meats on Mission Gorge, give them a call before you trek out there. The Picnic will be a good canvas to add your expertise and flavor elements too.

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      zenclimber RE: cstr Dec 2, 2011 09:20 AM

      yes a picnic shoulder shank end is what I am looking for, thank you. I will look at Iowa Meats but still like to find a farmer direct source.

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        Cathy RE: zenclimber Dec 2, 2011 10:30 AM

        The 4H clubs auction their livestock at the County Fair on July 3 every year. You could try calling the High Schools which participate (Ramona, Jamul, Valley Center and El Capitan in Lakeside are the ones which come to mind) to see if they have animals of the proper age.

        The County Farm Bureau (www.sdfarmbureau.org) may be able to direct you to a list of local livestock farms or at least who to contact. Their website concentrates on buying locally, but concentrates on produce and vegetable farming.

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          zenclimber RE: Cathy Dec 2, 2011 10:58 AM

          Tried the SD Farm Bureau, but no luck.

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      MrKrispy RE: zenclimber Dec 2, 2011 09:19 AM

      Let us know if you find a shank/Picnic shoulder...been wanting to try cooking those a few different ways (bbq and long slow over roast)

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        cstr RE: MrKrispy Dec 2, 2011 09:29 AM

        Mr. K, I've done them low and slow, you should prep one up, pretty outstanding. I might add, the skin will cause your primal instincts to kick in as ALPHA MALE!.

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          MrKrispy RE: cstr Dec 2, 2011 11:00 AM

          lol I've heard that about the skin which is one of the reasons I want to try it.

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          zenclimber RE: MrKrispy Dec 2, 2011 10:59 AM

          I've done a butt roast for 14 hours in the smoker, great pulled pork BBQ. Just used a roast from ralphs, really want to experience a farm fresh product.

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            stevuchan RE: zenclimber Dec 2, 2011 03:35 PM

            Contact Dave @ http://www.da-le-ranch.com/ you can order and pick up at the Little Italy Farmers Market. I've been pleased with their products.

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          steveprez RE: zenclimber Dec 3, 2011 05:13 PM

          I'm actually planning to do the same thing this year so thanks for starting this topic.

          I was planning to try 99 Ranch. I haven't specifically seen them there but I've bought many other parts of the pig there. If you speak Chinese or have a friend who does you might speak with the butchers directly. Good luck!

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