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Jun 27, 2013 12:11 PM

Where to find better pork products

DH and I are still eating meat, but are much more aware of where it comes from, how the animals are raised and slaughtered. We avoid factory food products, choosing grass-fed beef at our local Farmers Market, and organic chickens. We love to use ham, bacon and other smoked/cured pork products for flavor, but don't know what kind to buy - Swift and Smithfield are examples of ones we don't want. Niman Ranch bacon used to be the answer, but since it's been sold, I don't think the quality is the same. Any suggestions?

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  1. You can't find any at your local farmer's markets where you get your beef and chickens?

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    1. re: carolinadawg

      Some fresh pork yes, but not ham/bacon.

    2. Doesn't your farmers market carry pork products? If not ask the guys selling beef I am sure they can point you in the right direction.

      In case you are from my neck of the woods check out Outlook Farm. Some of best pork I have had recently.

      Also-this is Mass but maybe your state has something similar?

      1. Do a google search for pastured pork in your state. You may find mail order options if nothing else.

        1. Snake River Farms sells Kurobota pork (Bershire black). Heritage Foods USA has Berkshire as well as other breeds including Duroc and Red Wattle.

          If you have an Idependant Grocer near you, they will often work with you and order what you want.

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          1. re: mike0989

            Sorry, I wasn't quite clear. I was talking about ham, bacon, pancetta, etc. not fresh pork. We do have a few sources for that in the area.

            1. re: judybird

              If you have already have access to good fresh pork, have you considered making your own?

              1. re: judybird

                You mean the places you get fresh pork don't offer ham, bacon, pancetta?? That seems odd. That's the money maker for many pork producers. Profits are higher as is turnover. Have you asked them?

                1. re: judybird

                  Snake River Farms kurobuta ham is really great, but also quite pricey. Heritage Foods also sells cured products made with heritage breeds.

                  1. re: judybird

                    If you are just looking for a one stop shop for bacon and ham, try Zingerman's. They wrote a book on bacon (literaly).

                2. Our farmers market bendors that sell meat definitely sell pork too.