Berkshire Pork: A Culinary Delight Born of Careful Rearing
Our Values & Our Products
At Over the Moon, we raise animals that live well and nourish our communities through high quality, humanely raised meat.
When it comes to delectable pork, Berkshire stands out as a breed renowned for its succulent and flavorful meat. The rearing process of Berkshire pigs, from farrow to finish, is characterized by a deep commitment to ethical and sustainable practices. In this blog post, we will explore the distinctive features of Berkshire pigs, the care they receive throughout their lives, and the impact it has on the quality of their meat.
The Berkshire Breed: Berkshire pigs trace their origins back to England and are recognized for their characteristic black coat with white markings on their face, legs, and tail. This heritage breed is prized for its marbled meat, exceptional tenderness, and rich, robust flavor. These qualities have made Berkshire pork highly sought after by chefs and food enthusiasts alike.
Caring for Our Sows and Gilts: At our farm, we take immense pride in our commitment to responsible and humane pig farming. From the moment our sows and gilts arrive on our farm, we provide them with a nurturing and comfortable environment. Our dedicated team ensures that their housing and nutrition meet their specific needs.
Throughout the year, we prioritize the welfare and well-being of our sows and gilts. We provide ample space for them to move around and engage in natural behaviors, promoting their physical and mental health. By maintaining clean and spacious living conditions, we reduce stress and enhance their overall quality of life.
Allowing Sows to Raise Their Young: A key aspect that sets our farm apart is our dedication to allowing sows to raise their piglets naturally. We believe in providing a nurturing environment that mimics the sow's natural instincts. This practice, known as farrow-to-finish, enables piglets to benefit from their mother's care, attention, and nutritional support.
By allowing the sows to nurse and raise their young, we foster strong bonds within the family unit, promoting socialization and behavioral development. This natural rearing process enhances the overall health and happiness of our pigs, resulting in a superior quality of meat.
The Delicious Difference: The attention and care we invest in our Berkshire pigs from farrow to finish significantly contribute to the exceptional taste and tenderness of their meat. The combination of their genetic predisposition for marbling and our sustainable farming practices results in pork with a distinct, rich flavor and an unmatched level of juiciness.
The Berkshire pork we offer is beautifully marbled, which means the fat is evenly distributed throughout the meat. This marbling adds depth and complexity to the flavor, making every bite a memorable experience. Whether you're grilling, roasting, or braising, Berkshire pork elevates any dish to new culinary heights.
Berkshire pork is a culinary delight that embodies the perfect balance of flavor, tenderness, and ethical production practices. Our commitment to raising Berkshire pigs with care and respect, allowing sows to raise their young, ensures a superior quality of meat that food lovers can savor and appreciate.
At our farm, we take great pride in upholding these values, knowing that the well-being of our animals directly translates into the deliciousness on your plate. By choosing Berkshire pork, you not only indulge in a delightful gastronomic experience but also support a sustainable and compassionate approach to pig farming.
Berkshire is a breed of pig that is sometimes referred to as the "Kobe beef" of the pig world. The flavor is truly unbeatable. Many of our customers have told us that they didn't think they really liked pork until they started eating ours. The flavor can be described as rich, tender, and perfectly marbled.
Besides them producing truly the tastiest pork, Berkshire pigs also have good mothering instincts, gentle and friendly personalities, and thrive in a variety of environments making them perfect for our year round production model.
What We Offer
We primarily sell our pork through cuts and bundles, as well as in our monthly Meat CSA.
Throughout the year we take a handful of reservations for "whole hog" purchases which involves purchasing a whole animal based on its hanging weight and choosing the cuts directly with the processor. This is an awesome and economic option for folks looking to fill their freezer with delicious high quality Berkshire pork.