Where to Buy Locally Raised Meat and Dairy in Boston

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These Boston and area meat and dairy purveyors source their supplies from New England farmers.

Walden Local bone-in cured hams are always sourced from farms in New England and New York. Courtesy

Fruits and vegetables aren’t the only locally grown foods in Massachusetts. Consumers can also support local food systems by purchasing meat and dairy products.

Dairy farming has a long history in Massachusetts, dating back to the arrival of some of the earliest European settlers.

These Boston-area butchers and creameries source local produce, some exclusively.

Purchasing animal products raised in New England doesn’t just strengthen local economies – many suppliers say the difference in quality is obvious.

Walden Local, 316 Shawmut Ave, Boston

Winner of Boston Magazine’s Best Butcher of 2020, Walden Local in the South End only sells meat and poultry from New England and New York. They partner with small-scale farmers who share their passion for creating healthy animals, healthy people, and healthy local economies by raising grazing animals. Their butcher’s shop holds demonstrations and workshops and is happy to accommodate special requests from people looking for a specific cut.

MF Dulock, 201A Highland Ave, Somerville

the Somerville butcher’s shop also agrees to sell pasture-raised cattle, sourced exclusively from within a 250-mile radius of Boston (thus primarily New England and the Hudson Valley). They cap exclusively from nose to tail, with minimal food waste, so customers can find unique cuts. Their meat is never frozen and they offer great culinary inspiration, helping customers cook like chefs in no time.

Savenor Market, 160 Charles Street, Boston; 92 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

A favorite of chef Julia Child, by Savenor opened in Cambridge in 1939. Today they have a second location in Beacon Hill and operate wholesale to local restaurants like Craigie on Main and Oleana. While Savenor rose to fame in the mid-20th century between Julia Child’s TV show and Cambridge’s thriving food scene, today’s shoppers still love the store’s local meats and specialties.

Training, 358 Huron Ave, Cambridge; 268 Shawmut Ave, Boston; 94 Hampshire Street, Cambridge

With locations in Cambridge, the South End, and even Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Training sources cheese from around the world, including New England cheese. Customers can shop by Region to find some of New England’s tastiest cheeses. Formaggio doesn’t stop at cheese, selling all kinds of specialty foods like charcuterie, canned fish, wine, bread, coffee, sauces and spices.

chestnut farms, Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston

Owned and operated in Hardwick, chestnut farms sells its Massachusetts-raised meat and poultry at the Boston Public Market. Their livestock – including cows, pigs, sheep and goats – are grass-fed on their pasture and they never use hormones or antibiotics. They also sell eggs and dry pickles in their public market.

crescent crest, Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston

crescent crest makes its glass-bottled milk and award-winning ice cream in Sharon with milk from St. Albans Cooperative Creamery in Vermont. Since 1932, Crescent Ridge has been run by the Parrish family, bottling ultra-creamy milk (and chocolate milk) that you can find in grocery stores across the state, including their Boston Public Market outpost.

Curd & Co., 288 Washington Street, Brookline

Curd & Co. is a cheese lover’s paradise, first opened at Brookline in 2017 by Jenn and Matt Mason. They offer a wide selection of New England cheeses from local brands such as Jasper Hill, Spring Brook Farm and Plymouth Dairy, as well as a wide variety of European cheeses. At their storefront, they also stock specialty treats like olives, crackers, and jams.

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