Our Farmers

Better meat makes better cured meat, and better meat relies on humane husbandry.

Over the last decade+ of our business, we have worked to support the kinds of farm systems and animal husbandry practices that we believe in. This has meant working closely with the farmers who raise the pigs we buy to develop standards and protocols for the animals in their care.

We are proud to purchase a majority of our pork from farmers whose husbandry has been third party audited by the Global Animal Partnership (GAP) 5 Step Program. 75% of the pork we currently purchase has been certified by GAP and 53% has been rated Step 3 (Pasture Assisted) or higher. 

All of our suppliers adhere to the following protocol:

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

Here are some of the fantastic producers we are lucky to work with:

 

Heritage Foods Farms, Osage County, MO

 

This Missouri-based farmer-owned company is our primary supplier for our Americano line meats and produces pork according to these demanding standards. We will soon be offering cured meats made with Heritage Berkshire pork that is verified Pasture Assisted (Global Animal Partnership Step 3) and fed only Non-GMO Project verified feed. 

The heritage-breed Tamworth pork we use to make Tamworth Smoked Pancetta  and Tamworth Prosciutto  also comes from Heritage Food Farms. Four farms in Osage County, Missouri (Russ Kremer, Glenn Backes, Mike Buscher, and Bob Street) raise their animals in pasture-based systems, using the hillsides of the Ozark Mountains. Their animal husbandry is outstanding and meets the Step 3 standards of the Global Animal Partnership.  
 

Russ Kremer raises our Acorn Tamworth hogs. For the last three-four months of their lives, these pigs forage freely in a fruiting oak and hickory forest. An estimated 60-75% of their diet consists of acorn and hickory nuts. This gives Russ an sustainable way to make use of the wooded hillsides on his property, the pigs a happy life, and their meat an incredible depth and richness. Russ' program is rated Step 4 by the Global Animal Partnership.


American Pasture Pork

The verified Pasture Raised pork (Global Animal Partnership Step 4) for our Ridgetop and Wood Run Prosciutto is raised by American Pasture Pork,  a group of family farms in Missouri and Kentucky.  We've worked with Jack Whisnant and his family since 2014, building our collaboration steadily.  These pigs are pasture raised outdoors on wooded ridgetops & hillsides. They roam freely and engage in the activities that make for happy pigs: foraging, rooting, and wallowing.


Curly Oak

Curly Oak is a partnership between Herb Eckhouse and Ken Kehrli, a prominent heritage breed developer and producer in Northeast Iowa. Ken raises our Cinta hogs -  the only herd of these hogs in the US. 


Iberian Pastures

The purebread Iberico pork that we use for our Iberico Paleta is raised in Bluffington, GA through a partnership between Will Harris ( White Oak Pastures, GA) and the Oriol Family (Cobacha Farm, Alburquerque, Spain). These hogs are pasture raised and forage through fields and pecan orchards. Read more about this partnership HERE

   

It is not sustainable agriculture if​ your​ farmers go out of business, so instead of commodity market-based pricing, we work on a negotiated, "fair trade" style price. The farmers determine how much they need to be paid for their ​meat. That's what we pay. Swings in the commodity market can be ruinous, especially for smaller growers; this way, we work with farmers and farmer-owned marketing companies to insulate the  farmers from these risks.
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