Farming and Breeding Fresh, Local Rabbits for New York City Restaurants

VideoBy Liza de Guia on Mar 1, 2010
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In our never-ending quest to show you how local food is raised and brought to market, I’m going to take you on a little tour inside a rabbit farm – John Fazio’s Rabbit Farm.

Yes, he’s the same farmer who raises ducks for big name chefs in New York City. But, you should note, he was known for his prized rabbits even before he started raising ducks. And he delivers them fresh, never frozen to NYC kitchens no more than a day or two after “processing” – offering a service that is really hard to find for local chefs.

So, I wanted to share with you the short tour John Fazio gave me. It was never meant to be a video story, but I just couldn’t pass up the education. I don’t think most people have ever seen a commercial rabbit operation. I hadn’t. And all I can tell you is that it’s interesting, very organized and very clean. So come along as John Fazio tours us through his facility, and shows his methods for raising fresh, local rabbits.

For more info on the farm, please contact me on Twitter: @SkeeterNYC

Or to purchase or taste John Fazio’s rabbits, please visit Marlow & Sons or Marlow & Daughters in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, or Savoy in SoHo.

Thanks for watching food. curated.


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  5. Cheryl says:

    Do you have any info about rabbit suppliers for selling rabbit meat for restaurants?

  6. Meg says:

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  12. Bob says:

    A clean and well run operation. I am sure the quality of his product would improve if the rabbits he raises were eating Sherwood Forest Natural Rabbit Food, that is milled using whole cleaned ingredients that are ground and mixed just prior to pelleting and shipping. The 3 styles of feed are wheat and soy free, and contain all the micro and macro nutrients necessary for optimal growth and weight gain. Compared to all other national brands of rabbit food, Sherwood Forest has a 30% better feed efficiency. We will contact John to see how we can ship him some feed to do a comparison with his current rabbit food.

  13. Anita says:

    Looks like a very clean operation. I wondered where some of the restaurant got their rabbits from.

  14. Mike says:

    John, do you also purchase rabbits from other farmersto supply your orders. if so whatis your live weight buying price. thank for the help

  15. Russell says:

    I would like to contact John Fazio. Can you send me his email? Thanks
    Russell, England.

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