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.
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 »
Winter comfort food. These three words conjure up thoughts of home cooked recipes that are rich and warming. It’s the food we crave during the long dark days of winter and words that mean something different to each person depending on where they grew up. Some polls even say we turn to these foods in… Read more »
Nothing says the beginning of fall to me like a delicious braised pork shank. When the weather starts to get cooler, I pull out my enameled cast iron stockpot and start using it daily. It’s the perfect equipment to use for braising meats because it is ovenproof and provides even heating. Cast iron also gets… Read more »