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Heritage Hogs for Easter Plates

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After an arduous forty days of no-meat Fridays and pushing away sweets, Easter arrives. Philadelphia Locavores can finally leave the desert and their days of fasting. They flock to the city’s local dining spots, where spring’s produce, grains and meats are brought for sale from the surrounding region. The freshest way to celebrate the advent of the sunny season is with an Easter ham, naturally raised on local farms surrounding Philadelphia.

It is easy to bring local ham to your Easter table. Pennsylvania Dutch farmers and butchers sell a bounty of meat at the Reading Terminal Market on 12th and Arch streets.

Smucker’s Quality Meats is tucked in the Reading Terminal maze, with nothing but sustainably-raised meats for your purchase. Moses Smucker sells his pork straight from Lancaster Farms. Smucker’s is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8:00am-3:00 pm, and Thursdays through Saturdays 8:00 am-5:00 pm.

L. Halteman Family is also in the Reading Terminal Market mix, providing Pennsylvania Dutch hams to city tables. Catch Amos Riel Monday and Tuesday 9:00am-4:00pm, Wednesday 8:00 am-4:00pm, and Thursday through Saturday 8:00am-5:00pm.

At the Fair Food Farmstand, hams may be pre-ordered from farms in the southeast Pennsylvania region. Meats are raised on small, humane farms, and are brought to the Reading Terminal farmstand upon their pre-sale purchase.

The heritage hogs at Country Time Farm are cared for by the Crivellaro family in Hamburg, Pennsylvania. “Large Black Hogs” are slow to mature, so as they graze on the fifty-five acres of grasses and vegetation they grow into healthy, flavorful pork. For thirty years Paul and Ember Crivellaro have provided this hormone, antibiotic, and preservative-free pork to local-conscious chefs in Philadelphia. Paul Crivellaro transports hams to the vendors himself to ensure the upmost quality and freshness of his product; like to Greensgrow Farmers Market or the Fair Food Farmstand at the Reading Terminal Market.

Easter ham can also be ordered straight from nearby farms. Country Meadow Farms in Quarryville, PA raise their pigs on grasses and grains. This pork can be purchased at Lancaster Central Market in Lancaster, PA at Penn Square on Tuesdays and Fridays 7:00am-3:00 pm and Saturdays 7:00am-2:00pm.

On the Wallace Homestead Farm, Reverend John and Janie Wallace raise their pork on the grass and locally milled organic feed from the family’s pasture. Contact the Wallace Homestead Farm to order a half or whole ham homestead246@yahoo.com or (570) 924-4247.

The pastured pork at Meadow Run Farms is raised in Lilitz, Lancaster County, where animals graze on the farm’s grasses and legumes. Cured heritage hams are delivered every Tuesday to Weaver’s Way Co-ops in Mt. Airy (559 Carpenter Lane), Chestnut Hill (8424 Germantown Ave), or West Oak Lane (2129 72nd Avenue). Or, place an order directly to Marcus & Sharon Horst, (717) 733-4832.