How’s this for a Vermont bacon: First it’s brined with maple syrup and salt; then it’s smoked over corncobs and maplewood. The result is a hearty, thick-cut bacon (it’s also sold diced and in slabs), with just enough sweetness from the maple and the meat itself.
Suggested Retail Price: $6.99 per 12-ounce package
Where to Find It: Many independent and natural-foods stores around New England; most Whole Foods stores; and online at: VTsmokeandcure.com
Meat Market Café
Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Jeremy Stanton sources his meat from operations within about 40 miles of his shop, creating a micro-economy that keeps farms in business and customers well-fed. Start your tasting with his buttery finocchiona salame flavored with fennel seeds, but don’t stop there—his pâtés are also exceptional.
Suggested Retail Price: $34.95 per pound
Where to Find It: Meat Market shop and its attached café. For more information, visit: themeatmarketgb.com
Leave it to the folks at New England’s best gourmet and cheese shop to produce a stellar pâté. (Really, all the charcuterie, made by staffer Julie Biggs, is excellent—try the duck pastrami for a novel treat.) Smooth and silky, with just a hint of brandied sweetness to play off the earthy liver, it’s just about the best thing you could ever slather on a baguette.
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