With all the local pastured meats in the various farmers' markets these days, it's been a surprise that I couldn't find any that were sliced for sandwichmaking. I pack a lot of lunches, so today when I found some thin-sliced meat perfect for sandwiches, I was pretty excited.
Tom Cail of Rising Sun Farm in New Paris, OH, who brings his eggs, pork, and produce to Hyde Park Farmers' Market, was offering today smoked ham sliced thin for sandwiches. I tried it and bought a couple of one-pound packages, and I'll definitely be going back for more. It's a smoky, lightly salted ham, and it's good. Tom's offered ham steaks in the past, but they haven't been as popular as he'd hoped. So he's experimenting with this as an alternative. The sliced ham freezes well, so if you'd like to be able to pack lunches with local pastured meat this school year, stop and give it a try.
Tom's pigs are all Berkshires, an heirloom breed prized by many chefs, and they're 100% pastured- raised.