We worship ham here at H.A.M. We believe that the health of our country lies in the art and craft of the small farmer and the small food producer. We honor La Quercia for who they are and we proudly sell and use their products because they taste so damn good!
“Five score and one months ago Herb and Kathy Eckhouse brought forth on this continent a new Prosciuttificio, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all hogs are created equal.Now we are engaged in a great struggle, testing whether their prosciutto, or any American prosciutto so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure in a world of Spanish and Italian hams. We are met on a great battlefield of that struggle: the charcuterie case of your local cheese shop. We have come to dedicate a portion of that case as a monument to those American hams. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this case. The brave hogs who fill this case, whose hams we here enjoy, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what beautiful and complex flavors these American hams exhibit. It is for us the lovers of American hams, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who have cured these meats have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us- that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom, and that the patrons of this cheese shop shall enjoy the rights of Life, Liberty, and the Prosciutto of happiness.”
-Cheesemonger Bradley, June 2013
We LOVE La Quercia! Christos & I met Kathy & Herb at the San Francisco Fancy Food Show months before we opened our deli. We were highly skeptical to try a domestic prosciutto. We were BLOWN away! We went back to booth after touring the whole place to tell them how great their ham is! We've carried it since the day we opened and want to spread the La Quercia love, because it's that good!
Taste is the reason we declared Ham Independence on the very first day we opened our doors. We tried the other foreign prosciutto and could not find true ham happiness. The more we learned about La Quercia the more we felt it was the best ham for our shop and food philosophy.
We’re declaring our Ham Independence because gone are the days when you could only get traditional prosciutto from Italy and Spain. Great tasting traditionally-made ham has become an American tradition. And we love it!
In the home state of La Quercia declaring Ham Independence is easy, we do it everyday by not selling imported prosciutto! The Cheese Shop only sells the finest humanely raised prosciutto from our friends at La Quercia! We are lead by our faithful leader Herb Eckhouse and have the pigs feet and daily display to prove it! Peace, Love and Pork!
We've got a lotta love for our artisan food producers and we're shouting it from the rooftops: La Quercia Rules! Farmers that care about the quality of life of their animals and producers that prioritize quality and taste over cost and convenience... that's what really gets us excited!
We declare our allegiance to La Quercia and embrace prosciutto patriotism. We champion heritage breeds, acorn feeding programs and most importantly, the serious deliciousness of La Quercia pigs. Vive la Ham Independence!
It is our dream to follow in the footsteps of our porcine-loving forefathers and declare Gateway Market's Ham Independence! We understand the importance of eschewing the ordinary and mundane and truly following our own porky-path from hoof to snout! So hop on board and join Gateway Market in declaring your own Ham Independence!
To us there is nothing better than a super thin slice of air cured pork, we love the La Quercia because it literally will melt in your mouth.
What better way to celebrate America than by spreading the word of the "prosciutto of happiness" with everyone that comes through our doors.