ORDER ONE OF OUR LARGER PACKAGES TO FILL YOUR FREEZER WITHA VARIETY OF CUTS. THE PACKAGE INCLUDES CHOPS, HAM STEAKS, THICK-CUT BACON, SHOULDER STEAKS, ROASTS, SPARE RIBS, COUNTRY-STYLE RIBS, AND SAUSAGE OPTIONS (LINKS, PATTIES, ITALIAN, CHORIZO, PLAIN)
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TILLERING: A “tillering” is the growth from the original seed of a grass plant. It is how grass spreads and develops over time, becoming stronger and larger. It is the perfect metaphor for our growth as farmers — we started our married life in a small apartment on Grandma and Grandpa's farm, moved to a five-acre hobby farm in Corcoran and, a few years, later moved on to our current acreage in Milaca. (Our logo was designed by an extremely talented MN artist. (See more of his work.)
GRAZING: Rotating pastures for beef and hogs can seem overwhelming at times, especially on the days that everyoneneeds to move! But, it's vital for the health of our land & water resources as well as the animals. Soil is a living and breathing entity and we need to protect it from overgrazing through attentive pasture management. We put significant time and effort into an organized grazing program so we can continue to provide gourmet pork and grass-fed beef - with those high Omega 3s and CLA! -for years to come.
ALTERNATIVE GRAIN: Foraging and rooting are natural pig behaviors that we fully appreciate and encourage in our farming practice. It helps them maintain great physical condition. However, pigs are not "grass-fed" animals. A daily feed ration with a balance of protein, calories, and minerals/vitamins is necessary for pigs to flourish. We did a lot of research into the options and landed on a locally-sourced mixture of field peas, barley, and oats. This is very digestible and makes their fat nice and firm. It also affects the taste in a positive way. When we first started this type of feeding, it was tempting to look at the higher cost over corn/soy and wonder “is it worth it?” Our customers know the answer is...YEP!
BREEDING STOCK: We have our own breeding stock. For cattle, this is called a 'closed herd." For pigs, this is called a "farrow to finish" program. This gives us the chance to both be very intentional with genetics and husbandry (vaccine-free and antibiotic-free) as well as interact with our animals from their very first breath. In some cases, that means ensuring they are able to literally take that breath. That being said, we know that our animals have a purpose when we raise them. Borrowing an idea from a fellow farmer, they have a great life and just “one bad day.”
IRISH DEXTER: A recent ADCA Bulletin shared that, "In 2019, Dexter beef won the American Royal Grass-fed Steak Competition against Angus, Angus-cross, Wagyu, and others. Steaks from many breeds were judged on tenderness, juiciness, and flavor." We chose this breed based on meat quality & their ability to thrive on grass. They are smaller and the final butcher weight offers a great way for families to invest in high-quality beef.
BERKSHIRE-CROSS: When we started researching hog breeds, we knew we wanted to find something that was unique. Berkshire kept coming up as the pig people "used to raise." Cross-breeding with Red Wattle and Mangalitsa has given us healthy, efficient, and friendly animals. There is a richness, texture, marbling, juiciness, tenderness, and overall depth of flavor that is like no other pork we've had before.
"It's almost miraculous. If you want robust, immune-vibrant animals, fresh diversified forages are the fastest, cheapest, and surest way to get there.
- Joel Salatin "The Stockman Grass Farmer" (Volume 23, #7)