Why Pastured Pork?
So you might be asking, "What exactly is pastured pork and
why should I be eating it instead of what I can buy in the
You hear a lot about "grass-fed and pastured" meat products
these days and maybe you are a little confused. Sometimes it
is hard to understand the difference between grass-fed and
pastured. Is it 100% grass-fed? What is "pastured"?
Our pigs could be considered "grass-fed" because they do get
a diet consisting of grass, but they are not 100% grass-fed.
We use the term "pastured" when referring to our pigs to help
minimize confusion. They do get the benefits of fresh air, sunshine and grass! Everything on the farm,
from babies and their mothers to those ready for market, get the advantages of being raised on pasture.
Here in Mercer County, PA we are fortunate to have
reclaimed strip-mining ground to put into production for our
farming needs. Our sows love to munch on grass while they
are waiting for their grain and supplement rations.
We are working on building our pastures so the pigs can get
more of their nutrition from grass which will help in reducing
the amount of grains used. If the Omega-3 fatty acids and
vitamin E in grass-fed beef increase, why not in our pork that
has been raised on pasture!
Even our farrowing and nurseries get the benefits of the fresh
air and sunshine. The mother's each have their own individual
huts in which they farrow. The babies stay with their mother's
between 4-5 weeks until they are placed in one of our portable
"Little ones" out running around having a grand time!
The pigs stay
for 5-6 weeks
out to pasture
They spend the rest of their days outside enjoying the
natural environment that God created for them. Pigs
raised outdoors tend to stay healthier, not needing the
low level antibiotics used in confinement situations, which
in turn does lead to much lower stress levels.
All these: fresh air, sunshine, grass, exercise, no antibiotics and low stress, contribute to our Fresh Air Pork
being lean, yet delicious and flavorful! Our customers tell us that it tastes like pork should and what the
older generation remembers!
We do raise the real "natural pork"! Our pigs as you can see are raised in their natural environment, not in
a confinement system and then sent off to have the meat minimally processed so that they may call it
"natural pork". In a world where buzzwords are what is all about, we believe it is very important to be on the
same page with your customer. The best thing to do is to get to know the farmer and their product!
Go to our Product Page to find out how you can get Fresh Air Pork!
Real Natural Pork
Fresh Air and Sunshine
Building our Pastures
2007 Wil-Den Family Farms 195 Limber Rd Jackson Center, PA 16133