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…doing what comes naturally

Category: Pigs

An ah-ha moment…

Living up to its reputation…

…our Mule foot pigs are sometimes called “the ham breed” and now we know why. Curt topped the ham with chutney and cloves and the family pronounced the results excellent. In Spain this would be called an Ibérico ham…a great delicacy at $400 or more. There they fatten on acorns and while we can’t claim […]

Chops…

Mack serves up the first pork chops from our latest pigs. And Nala is worried. She only counts three chops! In the past we’ve used Tamworth and Gloucester Old Spot pigs…English heritage breeds. This time we’re trying a Spanish pig…the Mule foot. The flavor of these first chops seemed the same though the meat was […]

We don’t pay well…

…but the fringe benefit for managing Thistle Hill Farm is that you’re required to sample all the meat before it’s released to customers! Church takes that responsibility very seriously. We’re pleased to report that the first of our pork is back from the butchers and Church says the bacon is “very good”…which is a rave […]

The three little pigs…

…who went to market the other day averaged 230 pounds hanging weight. Exactly what we were aiming for! And Church reports the spread was only five pounds…227, 230, 232. Can’t wait for our share! There is no matching fresh farm-raised pork. It’s akin to corn or tomatoes right out of the garden. And Thistle Hill […]

Spoken for…

…the three larger pigs anyway. If you want all or part of the remaining two, contact us now. They should be ready by the holidays but we won’t rush them.  It takes time not only to fatten properly but to cure and smoke. You choose the curing you want along with the size of the […]

This little piggy…

…went to the freezer. Two of the pigs we’ll be harvesting between now and the holidays. They’ve passed 250 pounds and the closer they are to 300, the better we like them. These are mulefoot pigs…descendants of pigs brought here by the early Spanish explorers. Their diet now should be adding some acorns from trees […]

Perfect for summer grilling…

…just in time for your family cookout: Thistle Hill steaks, ribs and burgers. For the first time we’re offering individual packages…no longer only bulk sales! You owe it to your family to try delicious, healthful grass fed Devon beef. Our animals are raised and finished without supplements, pesticides, herbicides or antibiotics. Hamburger is wrapped in […]

I see bacon in our future…

It was a moment of celebration…the day pigs made their renewed appearance on Thistle Hill pastures. Nothing tops the flavor of fresh, naturally raised pork. I put it right up there with fresh off the vine tomatoes and off the stalk corn! Meat from these pigs will be available in the fall but you can […]

Just because it’s interesting….

….though perhaps not to you.  We check the Sugar Mountain Farm website from time to time because it’s a good source of information on raising pigs.  Recently there was a discussion about whether pigs could be trained to work together as “warriors” much as dogs are. Pigs can be fearsome animals and bear watching when […]