Presents a rare opportunity to purchase locally raised pork, including a very limited amount of gourmet Mangalitsa.
Yes, we have pork! Processing will be in March for two 2-yr old pigs.
At High Hopes Acres Farm, we pride ourselves in doing things the old fashioned way. Purposeful. Heritage. Heirloom.
You may already be familiar with what makes our Normande beef so delightful (but if you're not, you should be!) Grass-fed does mean lean, but Normande gives well-marbled fat for tender, tasty meat. We are quite excited to offer a heritage breed of pig, the Mangalitsa, which originated from Hungary and was preserved by the Spaniards. Mangalitsas (also known as Mangalica) were first introduced in the U.S. in 2007, and since then, they have been growing in popularity to become a gourmet treasure.
Mangalitsa is not "the other white meat." Its red meat has rich, intense flavor with silky, mellow fat. Mangalitsa lard is very light and melts at a lower temperature due to a higher amount of unsaturated fat, leading to its being prized as the very best for baking and pastry making. Natural foraging and slow maturation produce healthy, Omega-3 and 6-rich fats marbled throughout the meat of a Mangalitsa.
You may have guessed that such rarity is also reflected in the price, and you would be correct. Because they grow at a slower rate, thereby requiring more time and resources from the farmer, they are more expensive. However, when you purchase Mangalitsa, you are purchasing more than just another ham.
But who doesn't like options? Prefer the lean, white meat of modern pork but still demand high quality, locally raised, pastured pork? We have one of those too! Forget the factory farms of conventional pig processing and wondering whether that bacon you bought actually came from China. Pasture-raised animals produce nutritionally superior food for people. In addition to the nutritional advantages, there are many animal welfare and environmental benefits associated with pasture-based animal agriculture.