To request more information about our Pork, or to Order. Click Here. Our next processing dates are April 29 and May 13. We only have 1 - 1/2 hog available for each date. Order forms can be downloaded from the Product ordering page
We continue to focus on improving the welfare of our hogs and quality of pork they produce. To this end, we have been working with the University of Minnesota
Morris Alternative Swine Program and the University of Minnesota Meat
Science Department. Our management practices now include a pasture based system during the summer and fall months and a "Swedish Deep Bedding" system during the winter months. Our new hoop building has a covering that allows for natural daylight and hog doors that allow the hogs to forage outdoors all year. Our hogs have a comfortable low stress environment that directly translates to better quality pork. They are fed a high quality vegetarian diet, including corn, soybean meal, barley, field peas, and alfalfa hay in winter. We prioritize their welfare and focus much of our time on caring for, interacting with and observing our hogs.
Gloucestershire Old Spots (GOS for short): Try stepping back in time and taste this most delightful pleasure;real pork the way it used to taste! The meat from GOS is a dark meat with excellent marbling and a succulent texture. A number of renowned chefs also prefer to use GOS pork for specialty cured seasoned meats. We will begin to offer pork from our GOS hogs to our customers this summer.
This heritage breed of hog has critical status on the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. We have acquired our own registered breeding stock and are helping to strengthen the breed.
Here's some background info from the Dept of Animal Science at Oklahoma State University. As of 2009, there are less than 1000 Gloucestershire Old Spots in Great Britain and fewer than 200 breeding animals in the US. The breed notably benefits from continued support of the British Royal Family who favors pork from these pigs for their table.
This and many other breeds of swine became endangered when small farms began to disappear due to the pressures from large commercial confinement farms. Thanks to efforts by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy(ALBC) and the Gloucestershire Old Spot Pigs of America (GOSA ), this pig is once again available from a hand full of dedicated breeders across the United States. According to our own research, Little Foot Farm is the only producer or breeder of Gloucestershire Old Spot hogs in Minnesota.
Berkshire Hogs: Berkshires are a heritage breed hog that are well known for great flavor. Last year we sold pork in "half hog" quantities and 20 lb packages. Customer feedback has been very positive, so we will continue to offer Berkshire pork again in 2012.
The pork from a purebred Berkshire Hog is called Kurobuta Pork. That means Black Pig in Japanese. Chefs and Foodies refer to Kurobota pork as the "Kobe" of pork. True Kurobuta pork only comes from pure-bred Berkshire hogs. And that's exactly what we raise!
Berkshire pork looks and tastes better than grocery store pork. Unlike commodity pork or "White" pork, Berkshire pork is visibly different. It's flavor is lust, distinctive and abundant, with a darker richer color. Today, Berkshire Pork is featured on menus of many top gourmet restaurants across the world and is sold through specialty gourmet food shops. The marbling yields unparalleled juiciness. Taste tests comparing Berkshire pork to other varieties of pork consistently show that consumers prefer Berkshire.