Pasture Raised Pork vs Coventionally raised Pork (are there really differences?)

The number one question I get is, “What does pastured pork mean?” And it’s always followed up with, “What makes your pork different than the pork in the grocery store?”

Our pastured pigs live mostly outdoors. This is how pigs have lived for ages (not inside huge buildings). We have fields and woods for them root around and search for food. They are free to move around, with a shelter where they can sleep in small groups and give birth. It’s that simple. The pigs you buy in the store are raised in a commercial barn, never seeing sunlight or grass. We thought there was a better way, so ours pigs have a better life.

Our pastured pigs receive feed alongside the food they root for themselves. We are building up our pastures to provide more fresh feed for them.

Since they aren’t crowded together in unhealthy conditions, our pastured pigs don’t receive unnecessary antibiotics or any growth hormones.

Now how does pasture raised pork differ in taste than other pork?

Our meat often has a deeper, richer, and more complex flavor and color than factory farmed meat does. We often hear, “Your meat actually tastes like pork!”

The flavor comes from the higher fat content and the pigs ability to move freely.  Pastured pigs also deliver better quality fat, with a healthier omega 6’s and omega 3’s. The meat not only tastes better, but it is better for you.

We also use a local butcher to insure our meat stays natural. Our butcher does not inject salt water or perseverative into our meat. We have our meat packaged as natural as possible.  

Knowing that the animals we eat were raised humanely make them taste better too. We like to say, “A happy pig is a tasty pig”.

We welcome you to be the judge. You can find us April through December at the Bel Air Farmers Market or January through March at one of our drop dates.