Pork

All Natural & Locally Raised

Seven Springs Farm pork is all natural.  We do not use any antibiotics, growth-enhancing hormones or steroids.  But just as important, it is delicious and tender.

Our hogs are fed a carefully balanced diet, a vital component in the production of lean, wholesome pork. This diet consists of locally grown corn enriched with soybean for high protein as well as essential vitamins and minerals. We also choose to use sound animal husbandry practices instead of depending on hormones or antibiotics to raise healthy animals, thus alleviating consumer concern over chemical and drug residues in our products.

Once the hogs are a certain age and weight, we take them to Harris Country Meats in Greenville TN to be processed. Harris Country Meats is a USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) inspected processor, meaning they have a veterinarian inspecting the full process from the time we take our hog to the time we pick up the cuts of meat. This allows us to legally sell our product to the public without any concerns. At Harris Country Meats the carcass is butchered to our specifications and flash frozen.

Why Choose Our Pork?

  • Tastes great! No added water like in grocery store meat.
  • Quality pork. Locally raised.
  • No hormones. No steroids.
  • 100% All-Natural.
  • Minimally processed by a local USDA (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture) inspected processor.
  • Born and raised on a local farm.
  • No travel stress. No gestation crates.

We Know Good Pork

You Will Taste the Difference

The primary job of hog farmers is to produce quality pork for consumers to eat.  It starts with the hog — quality pigs yield quality pork.

Muscle color, firmness or wetness, and marbling are measurements which help predict the final eating quality of pork. Marbling is the fat within the muscle, also called intramuscular fat. Marbling provides juiciness and flavor to meat. Meat with adequate marbling is less likely to be tough.

We take pride in bringing you the best-tasting, healthiest whole hog sausage available. We hope you enjoy the farm fresh goodness of our whole hog sausage – from local farms to your table.

Is the Source of your Pork Important?

Today pork that is sold in local grocery stores and restaurants may come from many different animals originating from several different countries.  The meat from these animals is mixed together, packaged and sent all over the U.S.

By contrast, consumers who purchase pork locally are insured that the animal is locally raised and processed in a local USDA inspected facility.  We feel that the more you know about your food and where it comes from the more confidence you can have that it will be the pork you would want to feed your family and friends.

Rick Riddle

Co-Owner | Veterinarian

Know Your Farmer. Know Your Food.

It is All About Trust

Since the industrialization of the pork industry, 97 percent of hogs in the U.S. are raised on factory farms where pigs spend their entire lives inside metal cages that are so small they can’t even turn around.  Fumes of ammonia and hydrogen sulfide from their waste permeate the air — one of many  examples of the abhorrent living conditions they are raised in.  Once butchered, it is common practice to use injection technologies to “enhance” the flavor and juiciness of pork.

In addition, in September 2013, a Chinese company purchased Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest hog farmer and processor.  China does not have a very good reputation in ethical behavior when it comes to food. Food scandals are a dime a dozen.  From rat meat masquerading as lamb, to tainted milk, to exploding watermelons.  Most recently Chinese news media announced that authorities had seized nearly half a billion dollars’ worth of smuggled frozen meat dating to the 1970s.  Some countries simply have different values than we do.

Yes, buying local  is better!  By contrast, our locally raised hogs are raised using sound animal husbandry practices instead of depending on hormones or antibiotics to raise healthy animals, thus alleviating consumer concern over chemical and drug residues in our products.

It boils down to trust.  Do you really know how that imported or big-factory pork is grown, what they feed their hogs, the cleanliness of their meat processing practices?  Exactly!  When you get to know the farmers who grow your food, you build relationships based on understanding and trust.   You know what they value and that they put those values into practice in growing the food they provide for sale.

Bred for Meat

There are SO many different breeds of pigs.  Our hogs are Blue Butts, a cross-bred between Hampshires and Yorkshires.  They generally have some dark markings around their hind-quarters, thus the term “blue butt”. Blue Butts are one of the best breeds of pig for meat production.

Farm-to-Market

Our “Farm-to-Market Pork” operation offers locally produced pork from conception to pork cuts ready for the consumer to prepare.  We want to give consumers the opportunity to purchase pork products direct from a farm that has control over each step in the production process.

“All Natural Feed = All Natural Meat”.  You will notice the difference in the taste also.

Naturally Lean

Our locally raised hogs are leaner — a desirable feature among health-conscious consumers who seek both quality and flavor with less fat.  The meat is also fresher and  better tasting.

All natural, our meat is processed in a nearby USDA inspected facility, and we have a direct relationship with the processor, overseeing quality unlike products processed in large industrial facilities.

Great Taste

Rest assured that our pork is All-Natural. One of the disturbing truths about pork from large factory farms is that you never really know what the animals were fed. Our pigs are fed only all natural grains grown locally – thus assuring that only a natural, whole grain product is fed to the hogs, not byproducts recycled through animal agriculture.

Buying local meats is green, its local and its certainly trending, but the hook is the taste. There is no comparison between well raised local meats and the commodity meats at the grocery store.

Test Your Knowledge #1

What % of hogs in the U.S. are raised on factory farms ?

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ANSWER: 97%

Yes, that is a lot.  But it was not always like this.

At one time Tennessee was the largest corn producing state in the United States and the largest producer of pork. And Tennessee used to be dotted with thousands of small dairies that are now all but extinct.

What happened and why?  Times change, government regulation and price support programs have destroyed small farms, the population increased and the need to produce as much food as cheaply as possible became the rule of the day.

FAQs About Buying Local

Yes. At your big-box grocery stores, the average distance food travels is 1500 miles, mostly by air and truck. By buying locally, you conserve the energy that’s used for transport.

The American family farmer is a vanishing breed – fewer than 1,000,000 people (less than 1%) of Americans claim farming as their primary occupation. By buying locally, the middleman disappears, in turn helping our local Tennessee farmers continue to farm.

It is also about the future. Supporting local farms today helps keep those farms in our state, ensuring that your children and grandchildren have access to nourishing, flavorful and abundant food.

According to several studies by the American Farmland Trust, farms contribute more in taxes than they require in services. Consuming locally raised pork helps improve the economic health of our state.

Test Your Knowledge #2

What two things are negatively impacted by factory farming?

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ANSWER: Our local economy and food safety

Today…

  • Tomatoes are grown largely in Central and South America, crated with ethylene to preserve the color and shipped to the U.S.
  • Feeder pigs are grown in confinement operations in the Great Plains, Iowa, and Indiana in farrowing houses that handle up to 40,000 sows each having 18-19 piglets per year in a space no bigger than that taken up by your refrigerator.
  • Corn production in the corn belt has increased by 500% per acre using synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified seeds and combines that cost more than most single family homes.

Locally produced foods, while a niche market at this time, is hopefully a return to times when food security was not an issue.

 

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