Thoughts From The Farm

 

Meet Sarah Willis - Daughter of our Founding Niman Ranch Hog Farmer (Thornton, IA)

It is Niman Ranch’s network of sustainable U.S. family farmers and ranchers that truly sets us apart.  These hardworking men and women make up the backbone of Niman Ranch. Knowing how important it is to our customers to know where and how their food is raised, we’ve enlisted the help of Sarah Willis to author this blog.  Sarah is the daughter of our founding hog farmer and manager of Niman Ranch Pork Company - Paul Willis. Sarah will keep you up-to-date on the goings-on at the Willis farm and the farms of her friends in neighboring communities; bringing her home on the farm into yours.

12th Annual Farmer Appreciation Dinner - Through the Eyes of Simran Sethi

A new year has arrived and despite the cold and blustery weather here in Iowa it felt warm and cozy inside our little house on the prairie.  The inclement weather did not stop time, but it did force us to make some adjustments to our plans.  I had loads of paperwork to do and holiday functions to attend, but when the weather made a turn for the worst and my dad asked me to help with the pigs I had to drop everything.  It was foggy and cold.  The pigs needed bedding and we had to check to make sure...

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A Halloween Feast

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Say Goodby - and Hello

    It's that time of year when everything speeds up before it slows down. Winter is coming as you can see by just looking at the birds cascading across the countryside making their way south for the winter. It congers up feelings of nostalgia for me, reflecting on the summer that has just passed. The pigs born in the field in April, the tomatoes in my garden that took forever to ripen and now it's time to clean up and make plans for next year.I have an old leather bound book I found at a thrift...

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11th Annual Niman Ranch Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner

This year we hosted our 11th annual Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner. During this weekend-long celebration, we recognize Niman Ranch farmers who raise the animals and tend to the land. Each year, Niman Ranch selects a group of chefs to come to Iowa to meet and cook for the Niman Ranch Farmers.We begin the weekend with a tour of the Willis Farm. This provides the chefs and other guests with an opportunity to see first-hand how we raise our animals traditionally, outdoors on pasture or deeply bedded...

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