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Buying goat fresh allows you to check the quality of the meat. Here are some places in the Washington area that sell it regularly, in parts. It’s best to call ahead to ensure availability.

FreshFarm Market at Silver Spring, Ellsworth Drive between Fenton Street and Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, 202-362-8889 (from Many Rocks Farm in Washington County, Md.).

Bloomingdale Farmers Market, First and R streets NW (opens May 15), 202-536-5571 (from Painted Hand Farm in Cumberland County, Pa.).

Madina Super Halal Market, 18538 Woodfield Rd., Gaithersburg, 301-977-5700.

Columbia Halal Meat, 6520 Old Waterloo Rd., Elkridge, 410-799-1910.

Union Halal Butcher and Grocery, 5102 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703-294-6070 (call ahead for availability).

Organic Butcher of McLean, 6712 Old Dominion Dr., McLean, 703-790-8300.

Sugarloaf’s Breezy Valley Farm, 1215 Buckeystown Pike, Adamstown, Md., 301-874-0958. Whole goats raised and brought to the processing plant, butchered based on your requests.

Bridgestone Manor Farms, 400 Bridgestone Dr., Eldersburg, Md., 410-549-2539. Whole goats butchered for delivery.

A list of farmers can be found at the Maryland-Pennsylvania-West Virginia Meat Goat Association online at www.goatmeat.biz/members.htm, as well as at the Southern Virginia Meat Goat Association’s Web site: svmga.wordpress.com/farms.