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Dec 2, 2011 08:51 AM

Where to buy fresh pork ham in san diego

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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  1. 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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    1. re: cstr

      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.

      1. re: zenclimber

        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 ( 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.

        1. re: Cathy

          Tried the SD Farm Bureau, but no luck.

    2. 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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      1. re: MrKrispy

        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!.

        1. re: cstr

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

        2. re: MrKrispy

          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.

          1. re: zenclimber

            Contact Dave @ you can order and pick up at the Little Italy Farmers Market. I've been pleased with their products.

        3. 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!