Go the whole hog and buy meat directly from the farm

Gascon Noir pigs are less fatty - and buying the whole animal allows you to vary the tastes and textures you eat

Buying a whole pig or lamb to eat may seem daunting but, as Claire Winterton discovers, it offers top-quality meat at a tasty price – and can feed a family for weeks

With supermarkets everywhere and price wars raging, it seems cheap and convenient to buy everything in one place – but meat can be an expensive part of the weekly shop.

Supermarket offers are tempting but as more of us want to know the origin of our food, buying a whole pig or lamb direct from a farm is an interesting prospect – and cheaper, too. 

Across France a simple internet search will find a local farmer who has set up to deliver farm-produced meat, often organic, and often also with the Label Rouge quality mark.

From Le Cochon des Coudriers in Picardy to La Ferme du Vilguenais in Maine-et-Loire ...

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