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Good sausage makers (beyond Saad's and Aidell's)?

CK (Boston to Peninsula transfer) | Jan 3, 200510:24 PM

So I have tried Schaub's in Palo Alto (Mild Italian and Bratwurst). Disappointed on both counts, the italian was way too salty with a little weird herb flavor, not fennel. I realize fennel is sometimes recommended against for some cooking, but generally makes the sausage tastier in my opinion. The bratwurst was also too salty and the spice mixture didn't taste complex, something came through very strongly, and was unpleasant (and pricey!). I also tried Andronico's Italian and all I could taste was salt. Very disappointed. I had some ground "New York Sausage Co." stuff from Safeway (they seem local) and it was Ok, but I have been having to stick with Johnsonville (not bad, but looking for something better). Any good/or crazy recommends would be appreciated. I love Chowhound!

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