After trying a good amount of pork recently, I wanted to further investigate how complex-tasting pork comes to be. Far too many times, I have purchased pork from the supermarket and it ends up being white and tasting essentially like chicken. Pork is not supposed to be the other white meat. Pork is supposed to be sweet or nutty or earthy. It's supposed to taste like it's surroundings.
To see how quality pork products make it to the table, I met up with the good people at Riverview Farms and Heywood's Provision Company to see the upbringing these pigs go through and how they are broken down, processed, and end up on the plate.
The first segment of this series will focus on Riverview Farms and the relaxing and healthy, albeit short, lives of these Berkshire pigs. The pigs roam freely over five acres and are fed a diet completely grown on the farm. They root the earth, forage for acorns and generally eat anything and everything. Their days consist of this and avoiding the live wires that prevent them from rooting under the fence. I, unfortunately, was not as cautious as the the piglets and now have a healthy fear of fences on a pig farm.
Bring on the cuteness...