Market to Pantry #11: McKinnon's Meat and Super Butcher Shop, Massachusetts and New Hampshire
From Carol (Cabinet Stew), in Massachusetts:
I was first introduced to McKinnon's, a family run business, when I lived in Everett, Massachusetts, where they have their second store in a small chain of shops. Now we live closer to the Danvers location, the third store, even bigger and nicer than Everett. The butchers are incredibly helpful and friendly, willing to answer any questions. But the real jewel in the chain is the newest store located in Salem, New Hampshire. It is a beauty and worth a visit if you are in the area.
Similar in size to a Trader Joe's, it has a full produce, grocery, beer and wine sections (tax-free in New Hampshire).
Bring a cooler and stock up on meat, as the selection and prices are great.
They have an incredible selection of soups, salads, desserts, pizza doughs and prepared meals like lasagna and fried chicken. They also stock lots of local brands from the area, like Sonny's Pizza and Bianco & Son's sausage. I wouldn't even cook if I lived closer!
The most unique thing at McKinnon's: the "gravy boat". A true "gravy" (Italian spaghetti sauce) is made with some meat simmered in the sauce adding flavor and depth. So McKinnon's makes it easy and prepackages a "gravy boat" that you can just buy to put in your sauce!