Heritage Breed, Non-GMO Pasture-Raised Pork
Firsthand Foods’ remarkable network of pork producers raise their hogs in fields and woodlots in eastern North Carolina. Our farmers are members of the North Carolina Natural Hog Growers Association, a wholesale marketing cooperative certified by Animal Welfare Approved. They never use growth-promoting antibiotics or added hormones, and grow their own non-GMO crops for feed. Our hogs are all processed at Acre Station Meat Farm, a USDA-inspected Animal Welfare Approved small-scale, family-run facility in Pinetown.
Our farmers raise Old English style breeds that thrive outdoors, including Berkshire, Duroc, and Hampshire. In their natural habitat, they stay healthy and get plenty of exercise imparting a rich and distinctive meaty flavor.
One of our core values is accountability. We want our community of chefs, retailers and consumers to know and understand how the animals are raised and what goes into the quality pork we are proud to put our name on. We invite you to read our standards and producer protocols.
A treat for ya’ll from Phoebe Lawless. This Baked Tamal recipe features Firsthand Foods pork shoulder and leaf lard. It’s an adaptation from the brilliant Rick Bayless, who has simplified the process of tamales…you can double or triple this recipe to feed a big crowd. Like their inspiration it’s perfect party food. Serves 8 –… Read more »
If the words, “pork roast” make you think of a dry, flavorless meal, then allow me to change your mind. A pork sirloin roast is the rear loin of the pig and has great flavor, but it can also be very dry if cooked improperly. It’s a lean cut with the only fat being on… Read more »
Wait, we’re a meat company, why would be offering ya’ll a shortbread recipe? Because this shortbread uses our leaf lard (available at select cooperating retailers) and it’s, well, DELICIOUS! The other reason is that it comes to us via the amazing Phoebe Lawless, owner of Scratch Baking, and she was generous enough to let us… Read more »