Get Your Easter Hams at These 10 Awesome Upstate Smokehouses
Easter means a time for religious reflection and traditions, some chocolate goodies for the wee ones, and a big ham dinner with all the family gathered around the table.
When I was growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, my parents owned a small grocery store in a little Upstate village. So, often times my Mom would pick out the best ham we had at the store, cook it in the oven down there and then bring it home still sizzling hot to her eight children. And it was always delicious. The sight of the brown ham with the cross-stitch markings across the top, and with the juice still bubbling around the bottom of the pan, the aroma that filled the house, and the smiles on all the kids, is a memory that I have had for more than 65 years.
New York State Easter Hams
There are many places to get your Easter ham. Grocery stores, big box stores, and delicatessen counters are ready to serve you. There are even some great stand-alone ham franchise stores around the malls too. And these are all good places to visit. But, we like the small ethnic meat markets and the rural smokehouses of Upstate New York as a source for a wonderful Easter ham.
The German and Polish markets on this list have been around forever. The smokehouses, some in very rural areas, are turning out some epic, award-winning hams this time of the year.
We encourage you to patronize these smaller shops whenever possible.