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.
Stuffed zucchini two ways! Zucchini and pasture-raised meats make a delicious combination. Here we offer two options. For those inclined to a beefy perhaps milder experience, try it with our ground beef. For those who want to spice it up a bit, try it with our pork chorizo sausage. Or, double the recipe and make… Read more »
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 loin roast has great flavor, but it can also be very dry if cooked improperly. It’s a lean cut with the only fat being on the outside of the roast. To unlock the… Read more »