CALIFORNIA BACON SAMPLER, Two 12 oz packs each from two new California Masters — Farmstead and Fatted Calf
Farmstead Bacon Two 12 oz packs each from two new California Masters — Farmstead and Fatted Calf Berkshire
Humanely raised on pasture
100% antibiotic free
Raised by independent family farmers
Heritage pork has more marbling resulting in more tender and juicy meat
Farmstead Bacon Farmstead bacon is a “California” bacon, mild mannered and mellow. Easy to eat on sandwiches or with eggs, perfect for any time of day. It is lighter in flavor with just a bit of smoke, delicate and creamy, but with its own perky profile. We love it on avocado toast, and it pairs incredibly with a light California red, like the Pinot Noir from Farmstead! As with all our bacon, it is made from the healthiest, pasture-raised heritage breed pigs, with no antibiotics.
Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch brings food directly to their spectacular but very accessible restaurant, a true model of sustainability. They make their own wine, specifically to pair with food from their ranch and orchard. They create their own olive oil and raise their own Highland cattle, which they use in their cooking. At Farmstead, every link of the food chain is literally just steps away, and now they’ve added a bacon to their mix!
Farmstead bacon is cured in a dry brine, with a little brown sugar, a little cayenne pepper, a little molasses and black pepper – “just enough salt and sweet to be balanced” — and of course it is made using the best quality pork bellies from Heritage Foods.
The Fatted Calf This is old-fashioned bacon at its very finest, beginning with superior Heritage pigs, and then dry cured with an old-world salt-box method — including brown sugar, sea salt, and a bit of cayenne. It’s not too spicy and very well-balanced, and it is smoked over four kinds of wood, two fruit woods and two hardwoods — cherry, apple, mesquite and alderwood — to further balance the smoky flavor. The cayenne keeps the sweet and salty at bay, gives it a nice note, and you can really taste the meat itself. This is a true milestone in the art of bacon and only available at Heritage Foods USA.
The Fatted Calf was one of Heritage Foods’ first customers on the West Coast — we met them back in 2004 when Patrick Martins was traveling, and they talked about responsible, traditional, humane farming, and reaching out to the like-minded.
The secret to great pork is to start off with great ingredients, and nothing beats our storied Heritage breeds — Berkshire, Red Wattle, Duroc, Gloucestershire Old Spot, Large Black, and Tamworth. Each breed comes from a different culinary tradition, and boasts a distinctive, nuanced flavor.