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Carnitas Tacos at Gran Electrica
  • Apr 26, 2024
Heritage Pork Carnitas at Gran Electrica

Chef Oscar Santiago of Gran Electrica in Brooklyn brings in about 200lbs of our heritage pork shoulder each week and all the meat goes into making two products: carnitas and al pastor. If any is leftover cochinita pibil as well.

American Hatcheries in the 20th Century!
  • Apr 25, 2024
American Hatcheries in the 20th Century!

Hatcheries are the source of all birds that we eat. In nature, the hatchery consists of a hen, an egg, and a nest. On a farm, the hatchery consists of an incubator machine where the embryos develop and the hatchery itself where poults spend their first few hours outside the shell. Hatchery numbers in America grew and grew during the early part of the 20th century. In 1918 there were about 250 operating hatcheries in the nation. By 1922 the number had climbed to 3,000. By 1926 to 9,000. And by 1934 there were 11,400 hatcheries — the peak of independent poultry production in the United States.

Dorset Horn Lamb on the Tamarack Vermont Sheep Farm
  • Apr 15, 2024
Dorset Horn, A Calm English Sheep

Some argue the origin of the Dorset Horn, or Horned Dorset, comes by way of the Merino sheep from Spain which was crossed with the Horned Sheep of Southwest England. By the 1750s Dorset Horn was the lamb breed adorning tables in England for special occasions. The first word on the breed in the Americas comes from Oregon around 1860, where the breed was introduced by the Hudson Bay Shipping Company. The Dorset Horn went on to become nationally famous a few years later at a livestock show in Chicago. The American Continental Dorset Club was organized in 1890.

Candling Heritage Chicken Eggs
  • Apr 9, 2024
Hatching Heritage Chickens at Chosen Farm, a member of the Good Shepherd Poultry Network

A heritage chicken lays an egg and Jed Greenberg gathers it, but he never washes it. By not washing Jed maintains the bloom on the egg, a liquid that develops when the egg is laid. The bloom dries in seconds, but it covers the entire shell thus protecting the chick from bacteria. Washing, Jed says, lowers fertility and drives dirt into the egg which contaminates the inside. Unwashed eggs can be kept in a 60-70 degree room for 7-10 days, after which fertility drops. Jed stores his eggs in plastic egg crates with the bulbous end up.

Purebred Heritage Duroc
  • Apr 5, 2024
Purebred Heritage Duroc

Though the Duroc breed evolved from red pigs from another part of the world, it is considered one of the few “all American” breeds we have today. Unlike most breeds of livestock that were developed elsewhere and brought here, the Duroc is the result of two red colored breeds being crossed and then improved upon in the early 18th century in upstate New York. Where those two original red breeds came from is the subject of much debate as there are no pigs native to the Americas. Today the Duroc is in many ways the perfect pig boasting excellent meat quality. It is rugged and durable and has a great ability to efficiently convert pounds of feed into pounds of high quality meat. Durocs can range from a light golden almost yellow color to a dark mahogany.

Berkshire Pigs on Newman Farm
  • Apr 4, 2024
"The Food You Supply is Beyond Replaceable"

"The food you supply is beyond replaceable...we wouldn't eat as well without you."

Heritage Pork Loin Roast
  • Apr 2, 2024
"This Was The BEST Pork Roast Ever"

"Our family all agreed that this was the BEST pork roast ever. Thank you, thank you!" — Margo from Michigan

Eggs at the Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch
  • Apr 2, 2024
Eggs and Hatching!

March and April and May are when Thanksgiving starts if you are a turkey farmer. Even with all the scientific advancements made by humankind, there is still only one way to produce a turkey poult for Thanksgiving and that is through a hen laying an egg. Once the egg comes out, we have learned how to replicate what the mother would do in nature, but the beginning of the cycle has always been the same. Follow along with us, step-by-step, as we explore this fascinating process!