If you are in the Akron area, and are serious about meat, you owe it to yourself to take a trip to Duma Meats. Duma's is a full service butcher. And by full service, I really mean it - they raise their own cattle on site, and sell everything from a 400 pound side of beef down to their own homemade bologna.
They have two locations: the original store in Mogadore, and their new location in the Hartville Marketplace. Either location is worth a visit, but I prefer the original store.
*The original store has cattle wandering in the field out front, chewing their cud and watching you pull into the parking lot.
**Special thanks to my neighbor, Missy, for telling me I had to try Duma's
Duma Meats Farm Market
857 Randolph Road
Mogadore, OH 44260
Duma's Hartville Marketplace
1289 Edison Street (Stands #2 to #8 in the Hartville Marketplace)
Hartville, Oh 44632
My Top 5 list of favorite things they sell:
1. Meat bundles: Beef bundle, Pork bundle, Chicken bundle, or Mixed Beef, Pork and Chicken bundle.
The guy behind me in line had a mixed bundle, and I was getting jealous. He had 50 pounds of mixed meat for his freezer, and I didn't.
2. Whole cuts: Want to buy a 300 to 400 pound side of beef? How about just a quarter? Need a 150 pound pig? Or just half a hog? You can get it here, cut to your specifications.
I saw the bag of ground beef that came with a side; it looked like they'd be making hamburgers and chili for months. And that was just the ground beef!
3. Whole loins: Ok, maybe you don't want half a cow. How about a whole short loin, to cut porterhouses and t-bones from?
4. Regular meat counter: Just want a steak? Or some chicken legs? A few pork chops? Sure, they can do that.
5. Homemade Deli Lunch Meat: They make their own deli meat, too. The garlic bologna was heavenly. My son loves chip-chop ham, and I was impressed with the quality. Normally, chip-chop ham is an afterthought; Duma's makes it with care.
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