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Riverside Butcher shop in Damariscotta

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    Riverside Butcher shop in Damariscotta - Staff photo by Brianna Soukup | of | Share this photo

    August Avantaggio, left, owner of Riverside Butcher, and head butcher Bryan Tyler cut up a pig in Damariscotta. Avantaggio used to be a carpenter, but he saw an opening in Maine's local food economy for someone specializing in local meat and he opened up his shop in May 2016.

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    Avantaggio has his great-grandfather’s clever and butcher knife hanging on the wall at Riverside Butcher Co.

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    Avantaggio weighs out some tasso ham, which is made in house, and a shoulder cut for Steve Hawks, who owns Hawks House, a bed and breakfast in town.

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    Avantaggio and Tyler work side-by-side butchering a pig. Avantaggio grew up in Damariscotta and returned there to open his shop.

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    Avantaggio, his wife, Abby, and their daughter Edith talk with Avantaggio's mother Mary Evan Avantaggio from behind the counter at the butcher shop.

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