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Why Butchered Meat is Best


By now you should know why it’s important to choose fresh ingredients over anything else. When you choose a craft butcher over the traditional option, you’ve made the decision to put quality items and freshness over everything else.

One of the reasons why someone may choose a traditional butcher over a craft butcher is fear of stepping outside of their comfort zone. Being comfortable with the choices you make is very important. Here are some of the best ways to become more comfortable with a craft craft butcher.:

Better Quality and Selection

Walk into a butcher shop and I guarantee you’ll see a cut or type of meat you can’t find at the average grocery store. Not only that, it will have been humanely slaughtered, properly cut and stored. You won’t find chicken breasts plumped with saline water or vibrantly red steaks gassed with carbon monoxide. And you definitely won’t find pink slime, ever.

Knowing What You’re Getting

A proper butcher can tell you the farm the animal was raised on and what part of the animal that particular cut came from. More often than you’ll even see your butcher grind or cut pieces of meat right in front of your eyes.

They Love Animals As Much as You (If not more)

If you talk to a butcher you’ll realize they have a deep respect for animals, which is precisely why they buy from farms where animals have happy lives. Their animals are fed natural diets, not pumped full of steroids or antibiotics and are slaughtered as humanely as possible. On top of that, hardly any of their animals go to waste which, to them, is honoring the life of the animal. Animals are a butcher’s livelihood and they nourish the people who support their business.’

At The Piggy Market, your Westboro Village community craft butcher and artisan deli, you’ll be greeted with a smile by Dave or one of the other very knowledgeable staff members and will encounter a memorable experience you won’t soon forget.

Deconstructing Your Holiday Feast

With The Piggy Market in your corner you’re holiday meal will be a tasty and memorable success.

Pork Fit for any Fork

We may be so much more than a craft butcher and artisan deli, but what type of place would we be if prime cuts of pork weren’t available? We are called ‘The Piggy Market’ after all!

We feature pork exclusively from Haanover View farms, located in Marysville, Ontario (between Kingston and Belleville). They raise a Tarmorth/Duroc Blend breed pig, which creates an excellent old world flavour with the fat composition of a newer breed, which makes for truly delicious pork all around.

A really simple way to cook a Coppa (boneless shoulder roast) is to season with salt, barbecue spice, and roast in a 350 degree oven until done to an internal temperature of 151 degrees. It is then ready to be sliced for dinner, or also great for sandwiches. Make sure to stop by for the best pork that is perfectly suited for any and all forks (and mouths!).