Farmer’s Market in La Mesa

the meatmen sausage man

It has been a while, but this afternoon I stopped by the Farmer’s Market in La Mesa. I saw the usuals, George the olive man, the Bitchin’ dip guy, organic produce, etc. In the isle across from George, I noticed the banner for “Artisan Sausages”. As many others, I have taken an interest in the Slow Food revolution and decided to check out the offerings.

My first thought was “when did sausages become so complex”?

Enter Albert Juarez. Albert is maning the booth and a self proclaimed Sausage Meister, at least that’s what it says on his business card… Albert began to describe the nuances of Thuringer vs Soppressata vs Finocchiona, you get the picture. My questioning resulted in thinly sliced samples which were helpful in really appreciating these flavorful sausages.
I chose a Chub of the Saucy Chorizo, which is a dried Spanish style sausage. Albert was also helpful in suggesting some pairings for this variety, which I hope to try with some friends this weekend.
Next time you visit the La Mesa Farmer’s Market, stop by and say hi to Albert. You can also learn more about his company, MEATMEN by visiting his website at