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Purchasing half a pig (butchered and frozen)

Gremolata | Mar 8, 2012 11:32 AM

Hello Hounds -

I'm looking to fill a freezer with a lot of delicious pork. I've lived in Chicago for the past few years, and every winter I've purchased half of a sustainably-raised pig, butchered to my specifications, and sealed in cryovac. This has been just about the best investment that I could imagine (much better than what I sunk into a house...). I'm moving to the Boston area, and I'm again looking for half a pig, ideally a great tasting breed (e.g. Berkshire, or similar) raised sustainably (without antibiotics, under humane conditions, etc.). I've searched this board, and I apologize if there has been a recent similar discussion, but I just can't find any info on this. I see that Chestnut Farms has a highly-regarded meat CSA, but I'm looking to buy the whole half-pig all at once, instead of receiving distributions monthly, and Chestnut doesn't do this. Can someone please recommend a source? I'm also in the market for chickens with which to stock my freezer, so recommendations for that would also be welcome.

Many thanks!

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