What does "pastured" mean, and why is it important? Our pigs are raised outside in a pasture and are not confined to an indoor pen, and, even more importantly, not confined to an outdoor mud lot. We move them every week, sometimes a little longer or shorter (depending on the weather), to fresh grass, allowing them to eat what they want, and then we move them on. Managing them this way is best not only for the pigs, but for our soil as well. Healthy soil means healthy vegetation, and healthy vegetation means healthy pigs- and healthy pork translates to a healthier meal for yourself (there are several studies that document the higher level of Omega 3's and other health benefits of pastured pork). Because they always have access to fresh vegetation, they can choose to forage for plant materials, or dig a little deeper and forage for grubs, etc, under ground. Or they can just choose to take a nap in the sunshine! We supplement their diet with a non-GMO barley & alfalfa-based feed, to avoid corn and soy. But, last but not least- the taste, compared to conventional pork, cannot be beat
What are heritage breeds?
We raise the pigs that you may have found on your great-grandfather's farm or homestead. Prior to the commercialization of pork, pigs lived mostly outdoors and were bred to get most of their nutrition from a pasture-based diet and food scraps. These breeds are hardier, meaning they do well outdoors and are able to gain weight easier on a pasture-based diet, compared to the standard commercial breeds, which were developed to grow quickly indoors on corn & soy. They also have a healthy amount of fat compared to commercial breeds. Don't be scared though- this fat makes the pork tender and juicy and out of this world. Because of the switch to commercial-breed pigs, many of these heritage breeds fell out of popularity, and became endangered (some don't even exist anymore). The Livestock Conservancy does great work to preserve these breeds, through education and connecting farmers. There are many reasons to bring these breeds back, and we want to be a part of making them popular again. We currently have Red Wattles, Herefords, and Old Spots. Read more about the Livestock Conservancy here: http://www.livestockconservancy.org/