What makes Woodland Pork special?
It's another spring day on the farm, Easter is just around the corner, and along with that comes those delicious hams.
But today I'm not going to focus on the flavor of our Woodland Pork Hams or why you really should try my Mom's Ham & Bean Stew. I mean, yes, I think it is the best Ham & Bean Stew... but we'll save that for another time. :)
Today I'll answer a few questions to show you how we raise Woodland Pigs and bring you the highest quality pork possible.
Many people know about the benefits of Grass-fed Beef and truly Pastured Chicken, but Woodland Pork is often underrated.
In reality, the benefits of Woodland Pork are just as profound when compared to Industrial Pork.
First of all, "What does 'Woodland Pork' actually mean?"
It means pigs thriving outside in the fresh grass and sunshine the way pigs were created to live – the way pigs have lived for all history until men came up with the "bright idea" of packing them into large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO).
Good News: Our pigs are still Woodland Pigs today! See the difference below...
No crowded, enclosed barn on our farm!
Of course it takes a lot of work to raise pigs like this on pasture or woodland, but the results are definitely worth it – Happy pigs out enjoying nature with PLENTY of space to walk or run as they wish.
"Ok, so what do these Woodland Pigs eat?"
This one is very important since a pig's diet varies so much from farm to farm. On a conventional CAFO farm, pigs eat GMO feeds laden with antibiotics and artificial growth stimulants... whatever makes them grow the fastest and cheapest.
We are totally opposite from that industrial system.
Our Woodland Pigs dig up roots with their snouts, forage for acorns under the oak trees or graze grass in the pastures.
But as you know, pigs are omnivores, not herbivores... So they do need more than just grass/forage. The rest of their diet is made up of SOY-FREE and GMO-FREE grains.
"Is Woodland Pork better quality since you're raising the pigs outside or does it just make the pigs happier?"
Both! It's a win-win for everyone... :)
Raising pigs in the woods and on pasture not only creates a much better life for the pig. It is also better for the environment, and definitely makes a better meal for you.
Studies show that meat from pigs on pasture has 2.4x higher levels of omega-3s and roughly 2x more Vitamin D & E.
Also, we're told that pastured pigs have about 74% more selenium than pigs raised on factory farms. Selenium needs Vitamin E to work as antioxidant, which makes pork such an amazing food since it has both. Antioxidants like selenium help fight free radicals. Selenium also plays a role in thyroid function, which is specifically related to the immune system.
But then again, why shouldn't Woodland Pork be remarkably better? That is the way God created animals to be raised – outdoors with plenty of fresh grass and sunshine!
When we follow God's plan, the result is always high quality, healthy food that your family can trust.
And you can taste the difference!
Thank-you for supporting us in regenerative agriculture. You are without a doubt the most important player in this game. Never underestimate the tremendous power of food choices. You do make a difference! There is strength in grocery shopping!
Working together... and only working together, we can heal our soil health, our personal health, our quality of life, the quality of our animals' lives, plus the social fabric of our communities... one bite at a time.
All the best,
~5th generation on the farm
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