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Where can I buy game in the Boston Area?

Green Drake Oct 1, 2012 07:52 AM

Does anyone know where I can buy game in the area? I'm looking for venison, rabbit (wild), mallard, pigeon or anything else that wasn't born and bred on a farm. Preferably shot locally, but no problem if it has been trucked a few miles.

All I have seen so far is a rather sorry-looking frozen pheasant at the bottom of Wholefood's freezer, there has to be something better than that.

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    cefran1 Sep 7, 2013 04:06 PM

    Savenors is not panacea. Most of the game or "exotic" meats they offer are just as frozen as Whole Foods. They are no D'Angelo's in Philadelphia, that's for sure. As far as I can tell, there is no butcher that sells "game/exotic" meats in Boston. It's very frustrating. You'd think in the North End and the influx of Mediterranean people into the area there would be something; but, there's not. It's very frustrating.

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      Gabatta Oct 2, 2012 12:18 PM

      Fresh Pond Market usually has a good selection of game. I can't speak to where it comes from.

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        Green Drake Oct 2, 2012 12:08 PM

        Thanks very much for this. I checked FDA regulations and it appears that it is illegal to sell wild game here. I'll check out Savenor's, but am pretty sure that anything they have will have been farmed.

        Maybe I'll just make friends with the next person I meet with a shotgun....

        1. steinpilz Oct 1, 2012 11:05 AM

          Yes, Savenors has a good variety (I remember boar, venison, quail, squab, and several kinds of duck, but there are probably more and they could have seasonal meats).

          Other places to check are: Mayflower Poultry in East Cambridge (goat, rabbit, duck, goose, capon, and others might be fresh, they also have frozen), and in the markets in Chinatown.

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          1. gansu girl Oct 1, 2012 10:24 AM

            I was going to suggest Savenor's too - long been the spot for unusual meats - you could call & ask them . . . ? http://www.savenorsmarket.com/web/butchery/game-specialty/


            1. hungrybruno Oct 1, 2012 08:31 AM

              To my knowledge (and I'm not a lawyer), it's not legal to sell animal's you've hunted, so you won't see it in stores. FDA regulations and all that. You are likely to find a wider variety of meats at specialty shops like Savenor's, but they are all farmed.

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