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Aperitivo

Grand Rapids, Michigan
1240 out of 3691 votes (33.6%)

Why we’re declaring our independence

FreedHAM's Price: Today we celebrate freedom thanks to those who came before. Those brave folks who cut and dried and cared for each and every boar. Freedom always comes at a price, and while we all celebrate, we should tip our hats to the heroes who made ham in our country great!

Market Hall Foods - Oakland

Oakland, CA
636 out of 3691 votes (17.2%)

Why we’re declaring our independence

La Quercia means “the Oak”, so it’s no surprise La Quercia has had a home in Oakland for the better part of the last decade. For Ham Independence, we want to show off the parallel between us and La Quercia—we’re both rooted in traditional ideas but you don’t have to hoof it to Italy to get the best. Our staff loved hamming it up for the cameras because we love our annual sale of 17.76% off all La Quercia products. Come down and see our crew in action, and don’t be bashful about telling them they look great while doing it!

Wedge Cheese Shop

Reno, Nevada
365 out of 3691 votes (9.9%)
Getting Ready for Ham Independence!
Getting Ready for Ham Independence!
In Pork...WE TRUST!
In Pork...WE TRUST!
And He is set
And He is set
Wedge Loves La Quercia!!
Wedge Loves La Quercia!!
Life, Liberty, and the Prosciutto of Happiness!
Life, Liberty, and the Prosciutto of Happiness!
Piggy getting ready to fly out to Wedge
Piggy getting ready to fly out to Wedge

Why we’re declaring our independence

Where do we start??? What is not to love about La Quercia and their amazing products! We at Wedge appreciate Artisan Cheese and Meats and we thrive on teaching our customers just what makes these products so darn tasty! Wedge knows what it means to have such a love for Charcuterie and we pass that on to our customers and they fall in love with it just as much as we do. You don't have to travel to Europe for amazing Meats....you can get them from Iowa...well your Cheese Shop who gets it from Iowa. Wedge Loves La Quercia and We are all about Ham Independence! IN PORK WE TRUST!

DTLA CHEESE

Los angeles, Ca
325 out of 3691 votes (8.8%)

Why we’re declaring our independence

Here in downtown Los Angeles, you've got to be down for La Quercia, homie. It's who we rep and it's who are; cured, dependable, consistent. That's the American way: stay up, stay independent, stay salty, dawg. Just like La Quercia. We backin' La Quercia por vida loca, essay!

Liberty Heights Fresh

Salt Lake City , Utah
193 out of 3691 votes (5.2%)
Just Look at all that Beautiful Meat!
Just Look at all that Beautiful Meat!
Oh Prosciutto we dream about you..
Oh Prosciutto we dream about you..
We love you sweet Prosciutto
We love you sweet Prosciutto
A delicious sandwich of Prosciutto of course
A delicious sandwich of Prosciutto of course
I don't think I can share it with you...
I don't think I can share it with you...
Oh my, it's too tempting
Oh my, it's too tempting
What a great Combination.
What a great Combination.
Let's just fly away with all of it ...
Let's just fly away with all of it ...
Ninja's!
Ninja's!

Why we’re declaring our independence

We love ham, we are always in the pursuit of quality Prosciutto, we love the the freedom of free range pork products. We Support Ham Independence, we love it and want to shout it from the Mountains, Luckily we have plenty of them around us!

The Brooklyn Kitchen

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
187 out of 3691 votes (5.1%)
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Hamminess
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Hamminess

Why we’re declaring our independence

"Keep, ancient hams, your storied pomp!" cries she With silent lips. "Give us your Tamworth, your Speck, Your hungry masses yearning to EAT REAL, These delicious offerings of our native shore. Send these, the ‘Nduja, Berkshire Cross to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden boar!"

Old World Deli

Bellingham , WA
183 out of 3691 votes (5.0%)

Why we’re declaring our independence

We LOVE La Quercia! When we first met Herb & Kathy and saw prosciutto from Iowa we thought what the heck?! But after the first taste we were believers, liberated & elated. Each year since we've proclaimed and celebrated Ham Independence!

Walla Walla Gourmet

WALLA WALLA, Wa
136 out of 3691 votes (3.7%)
Yes, this is where you can Meet the Meat!!
Yes, this is where you can Meet the Meat!!
Our staff showing their #hamindependence today!
Our staff showing their #hamindependence today!
Just one of the great La Quercia products carried at Walla Walla Gourmet
Just one of the great La Quercia products carried at Walla Walla Gourmet

Why we’re declaring our independence

We take great pride in bringing amazing, quality charcuterie to Walla Walla, WA. And, we think ham is AMAZING in all forms. Let's put Walla Walla on the map, peeps ~ and show them how much we LOVE the good stuff here in our fabulous community!

Standard Market Naperville

Naperville, IL
126 out of 3691 votes (3.4%)
Saluting the flags...
Saluting the flags...
The presentation of the pancetta...
The presentation of the pancetta...
Doesn't anyone work around here?
Doesn't anyone work around here?
Ruth and Herb's angels...and some guy with a pin in his beard...
Ruth and Herb's angels...and some guy with a pin in his beard...
A little Austin Powers, a little porcine confusion...
A little Austin Powers, a little porcine confusion...

Why we’re declaring our independence

We declare ham independence because we are sick and gal-dang'd tired of the profusion of porcine preposterousness that is commercial ham. We say enough is enough...unless the "is" is LA QUERCIA!!!

Cheese Cave

Claremont, CA
77 out of 3691 votes (2.1%)

Why we’re declaring our independence

We're not declaring ham independence... we're claiming HAM DEPENDENCE on those Iowa beauties! We can't (and don't want to) live without them! We are TAMWORTHY!!! #gimme

Cheesemongers of Sherman Oaks

Sherman Oaks, CA
77 out of 3691 votes (2.1%)

Why we’re declaring our independence

v i r t u a l • h a m • a e s t h e t i c s

Broders' Cucina

Minneapolis, MN
45 out of 3691 votes (1.2%)

Why we’re declaring our independence

Because we just love ham. Pigs are our friends. Pigs are smart. Pigs can find truffles. Pigs are friendly. Pigs can fly! And they don't mind sharing. (and pigs are quite tasty)

Orrman's Cheese Shop

Charlotte/Raleigh, NC
30 out of 3691 votes (0.8%)

Why we’re declaring our independence

Because HAM!! Prosciutto, 'Ndjua, Lomo, Speck, Guanciale, Pancetta, Coppa, Berkshire Cross Prosciutto & Acorn Tamworth Prosciutto.

Greene Grape Provisions

Brooklyn, New York
18 out of 3691 votes (0.5%)

Why we’re declaring our independence

This summer strange phenomena surface around the globe. The skies ignite. Nonartisanal food races through the world's major cities. As these extraordinary events unfold, it becomes increasingly clear that a force of incredible magnitude has arrived; its mission: total bland tastelessness over the Fourth of July weekend. The last hope to stop the destruction is an unlikely group of Cheesemongers united by fate, La Querica and the proscuitto of happiness. Welcome to "Ham Independence Day"

Standard Market Westmont

Westmont, IL
17 out of 3691 votes (0.5%)
Don't mess with the knife lady, and don't you dare touch her prosciutto!
Don't mess with the knife lady, and don't you dare touch her prosciutto!
Super-duper sale time...
Super-duper sale time...

Why we’re declaring our independence

We declare ham independence because we are sick and gal-dang'd tired of the profusion of porcine preposterousness that is commercial ham. We say enough is enough...unless the "is" is LA QUERCIA!!!

Zingerman's Delicatessen

Ann Arbor, MI
16 out of 3691 votes (0.4%)
Stars and Stripes and La Quercia Forever!
Stars and Stripes and La Quercia Forever!
Zingerman's Deli Declares Ham Independence!
Zingerman's Deli Declares Ham Independence!
Herb Eckhouse comes to the Deli!
Herb Eckhouse comes to the Deli!

Why we’re declaring our independence

The Prince of Prosciutto himself, Herb Eckhouse joins Zingerman’s Deli in declaring Ham Independence! La Quercia Handcrafted Cured Meats make the most succulent pork products this country has to offer. One taste of their fine offerings that rival the greats from abroad and it won’t be long before you’re claiming your own Ham Independence!

Antonelli's Cheese Shop

Austin, Texas
5 out of 3691 votes (0.1%)
The New Facial. Hannibal's Protege. Eat Me. (Welcoming Captions!)
The New Facial. Hannibal's Protege. Eat Me. (Welcoming Captions!)

Why we’re declaring our independence

“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

Bacco's Wine and Cheese

Boston , MA
5 out of 3691 votes (0.1%)
Statement of intent
Statement of intent

Why we’re declaring our independence

Four score and ham years ago, well, we weren't born yet, but America has always been about taking something old and refining it, making it new again. We stand by the quality and consistency of La Quercia, and hope it's around for many score years to come.

Goose the Market

Indianapolis, Indiana
5 out of 3691 votes (0.1%)

Why we’re declaring our independence

My hammy 'tis of thee, sweet swine of liberty! Goose the Market is filled with domestic dry-cured pride for the amber waves of ham handcrafted here from sea to shining sea.

Sickles Market

Little Silver, New Jersey
5 out of 3691 votes (0.1%)
Cheesemonger Daniel with a Speck Mustache
Cheesemonger Daniel with a Speck Mustache
We pledge allegiance to proscuitto
We pledge allegiance to proscuitto

Why we’re declaring our independence

At Sickles Market, we can't get enough of versatile prosciutto! We are using it every way we can this summer. Wrapped around Jersey Asparagus, nestled around a fresh ball of warm mozzarella, or stacked high on our Sandwich of the Month with peppery arugula and olive oil. We freed the pigs from our Butcher Department so they could escape to cheese so we never run out of prosciutto.