Hey Baltimore pork-pickers, it’s time to get high on the hog! Stalwart vegetable providers One Straw Farm (Numerous City Paper Best of Baltimore and Readers Poll awards, most recently Best CSA, City Paper Best of Baltimore Readers Poll, 2013) have announced the release of a drove of Berkshire Heritage pigs, specifically a heritage breed called Kurobuta in Japan.
OSF describes the swine as being fed "NON-GMO feed and organically grown produce from our farm. In the pasture they eat grubs, roots, grass, clover, alfalfa, and other forages. They have free access to fresh water and food at all times. The pigs were finished in the woods where they foraged on grubs, grass, seeds, roots, blackberries, small trees, nuts — especially acorns. Our pigs do not live on concrete or in cages! The pigs never receive any growth stimulants, antibiotics or any substances to promote growth or feed efficiency."
The approximately 30-pound "Large Berkshire Bundle," on offer goes for $300 and appears to contain everything but the oink, as it were:
4 (2pk) "Porkerhouse" Steaks (Bone in Cops)
2 (2pk) Boneless Chops
1 Ham Steak
2 Chorizo Sausage
2 Sweet Italian Sausage
2 Breakfast Links
6 Ground Pork
2 8 oz. Bacon
1 8 oz. Nitrate Free Bacon
The approximately 15-pound "Small Berkshire Bundle" goes for $150, and beyond that you can part out some swine pretty much any way you prefer, at prices from $11-$12/pound for Bundle buyers, and $12-$18/pound for partial pork-parts purchasers; portions of baby back ribs, spare ribs, shoulder roasts, tenderloin, etc.
If you want to get in on the pig-pile, email OSF to let 'em know how much pork you want to pull, and then trot over to one of these locations: Kenilworth on Tuesdays (3:30-6:30 p.m.), Timonium Fairgrounds Wednesday (10-1 p.m.), Boordy Vineyards Thursday (4-7 p.m.), Waverly Saturday (7-12 p.m.), Mill Valley Thursday-Sunday (Store Hours), or One Straw Farm itself, by appointment.
Contact One Straw Farm: onestrawfarm.com, firstname.lastname@example.org