Chefs Honoring Niman Ranch Hog Farmers

Niman Ranch celebrates its more than 550 U.S. family hog farmers at its 15th Annual Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner. Seven renowned chefs share their passion for humanely and sustainably raised pork by honoring the farmers who raise the animals at the annual celebration.

“Each of these chefs has shown a commitment to using humanely and sustainably raised pork in their restaurants,” said Paul Willis, Niman Ranch Pork Company founder and manager. “Our farmers take pride in raising hogs traditionally but often do not get to see how chefs use the pork on their menus, so we bring the restaurants to them.”

Over the next three weeks we will introduce you to each of these chefs.

David Bull, Congress- Austin, Texas

Anne Quatrano, Bacchanalia- Atlanta, Georgia

Jack Riebel, Butcher & The Boar- Minneapolis, Minn.

Jodie Rogers & Clark Norris, Deer Valley Resort- Deer Valley, Utah

Kevin Sbraga, SBRAGA- Philadelphia, Penn.

Alex Yellan, Pok Pok- Brooklyn, NY

A visit to the Alderland Farm

sarah and brown familyRecently I visited the Brown family at their farm in New Providence, Iowa.  They are a part of the network of family farmers who supply pigs to Niman Ranch.  It was a beautiful drive about an hour and a half south of my house.  I couldn’t help but notice that there were many fields that remained bare because of the record amounts of rain we received in May, our prime time for planting here in Iowa.  Unfortunately, some fields won’t be planted because not enough time remains in the growing season to produce any kind of yield.  Many farmers may plant cover crops to prevent erosion and to have something on the land.

When I arrived at what I thought was the Brown farm, I was confused. There was a sign posted in the yard that said: “Alderland Farms.” I thought I may have gone to the wrong property.  But then I saw Paul Brown, who gave me a warm welcome and invited me inside their farm house.

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