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.
The smell of a baked ham wafting from the oven vent conjures two memories for me: Easter dinner and the great ham sandwiches we made in the days after. The Firsthand Foods Petite City Ham is the perfect ham to glaze and bake. The light smokiness adds flavor depth and the tangy, sweet glaze balances… Read more »
If you are a seasonal eater in North Carolina, then you likely have had your fair share of kale. It is grown in our state nearly year round. In addition to its health benefits, kale is also a forgiving green. It does well in sauteed dishes, soups, salads, and much more. Kale also requires some… Read more »
Summer is the season of potluck get-togethers. It starts on Memorial Day weekend and ends on Labor Day weekend. There are the traditional favorites: coleslaw, homemade dips, pasta salad, and potato salad. I am always looking for something new to take to the next gathering, and this recipe was born from that motivation. Warm German… Read more »