Day in the life of a farmer – Farrowing on the Scheer Family Farm

Farrowing on the Scheer Family FarmThe Scheer family farm has undergone some pretty big changes in the last several months. This year we have built two brand new steel buildings. One is for breeding and contains several pens for groups of sows, a boar pen, and an office area. That’s right, an office. I guess dad is a little more hip than I thought. The other building is for farrowing and is complete except for the pens, which we will be constructing ourselves. These new buildings will not only give us more space but also allow for more temperature control during extreme hot and cold periods. Which, in Iowa, seems to be most of the year.

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Wine & Cheese Pairings for Niman Ranch’s Charcuterie

Prosciutto: Aligote & Sottocenere

Niman Ranch’s Prosciutto is a wonderful, butter and silky product that melts in your mouth. It is particularly elegant and should be paired with a cheese that is of the same caliber. Sottocenere is speckled with black truffle and is truly what dreams are made of. It doesn’t have to be truffle flavored, but any firm cheese striped with dill or paprika or washed in ale would be an excellent match for the prosciutto. This pairing is something that you and your guests would expect to find at a five-star restaurant, and a glass of Aligote, a white Burgundy from France that is citrusy but refined, is the perfect accompaniment. Aligotes are fresh and citrusy with hints of green apple and honeydew.
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Spotlight on a Niman Ranch Distributor: West Coast Prime Meats

West Coast Prime Meats At Niman Ranch, we have amazing distributors from all over the country who make sure our product gets to the best chefs and restaurants. Today we spotlight our newest distributor from Southern California, West Coast Prime Meats.

West Coast Prime Meats is one of the largest independent distributors in the southwest. They focus on premium center of the plate products, including Niman Ranch beef and lamb, and deliver it to the finest restaurants, hotels, resorts, and country clubs throughout southern California, Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii.

We asked Nathan Bennett, the President, and Chief Financial Officer, of West Coast Prime Meats to share why they are unique and why they chose to distribute sustainable and humanely raised meat from Niman Ranch.

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Army Veteran Returns to Iowa to Farm Naturally

At the Des Moines International Airport on Thursday, October 18th, young military veteran Curt Roseland, returned home. After serving his country, he was excited to get back to Iowa and is looking forward to realizing his dream of farming full-time! He was surprised to find out upon landing that his dream is a reality much sooner than he expected thanks to his parents’ planning and a little help from Niman Ranch! Curt is excited to be joining the Niman Ranch network of traditional, humane and sustainable family farmers.

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20th Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner

It isn’t every day you get to throw a big party to thank the farmers who grow our food! At Niman Ranch we get to do it every year, and have been doing it for 20 years!

This year’s celebration was the biggest yet with more than 600 farmers, industry experts, journalists, thought leaders, chefs and restaurateurs, distributors, grocers, customers and partners at the sold-out event at the Embassy Suites in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.
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Chef Ann Kim to be Featured Chef at Niman Ranch 20th Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner

Chef Ann Kim
Chef Ann Kim, Owner and Executive Chef of Young Joni, Hello Pizza, and Pizzeria Lola

Chef Ann Kim is redefining fine-dining. Wood-fired pizza in a modern atmosphere is the award-winning combination Chef Ann created at Young Joni. Her renowned pizzas and sandwiches are crafted with high-quality ingredients raised with integrity. Chef Ann’s devotion to providing her customers with an overall quality experience and her leadership with Women Chefs and Restaurateurs led to her partnership with Niman Ranch.

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Chef Charles Phan Named Featured Chef at Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner

Chef Charles Phan
Charles Phan, Owner and Executive Chef of The Slanted Door Group

Award-winning chef, Chef Charles Phan, is returning to the annual Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner for the 20th annual celebration.

The partnership between the chef and independent farmers began years ago. Chef Charles opened his flagship restaurant, The Slanted Door, in 1995, the same year Paul Willis, Niman Ranch founding hog farmer, partnered with Niman Ranch to bring humanely and sustainably raised pork to the San Francisco Bay area.

In 2006, Chef Charles made his debut as featured chef at the annual Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner to thank the independent family farmers for their dedication to raising animals humanely and sustainably. To further honor his relationship with founding farmer Paul Willis, Chef Charles listed his Niman Ranch specialty ribs as “Willis Ribs” on his menus. Chef Charles Phan will return for the exclusive 20th anniversary dinner and is bringing back what he once called “Willis Ribs” as his featured dish to share with the honorary family farmers.

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Chef Cal Peternell Returns for the 20th Niman Ranch Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner

Chef Cal Peternell
Chef Cal Peternell, Former Executive Chef of Chez Panisse

Chef Cal Peternell, the former executive chef of Chez Panisse, played a significant role in the creation of the first Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner.

Alice Waters, the owner and founder of Chez Panisse, and Chef Cal have been proud partners of Niman Ranch founding hog farmer, Paul Willis, for many years. Sourcing Chez Panisse with sustainably raised Niman Ranch pork, Alice Waters started a legendary movement in Berkeley, Calif. The successful partnership inspired Paul to organize the first Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner featuring Chef Cal Peternell.

We are happy to announce the first-ever featured chef, Chef Cal Peternell, will be back for the 20th annual Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner.

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Chef Michael Schwartz Named Featured Chef at the 20th Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner

Chef Michael Schwartz
Chef Michael Schwartz, Owner and Chef of The Genuine Hospitality Group

James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurant owner, Chef Michael Schwartz, will be returning to Des Moines, Iowa for the 20th anniversary of the Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner. He joined us to cook great food for our family farmers back in 2011 and was so popular that he was invited back for this year’s special anniversary.

Chef Michael Schwartz continues to support Niman Ranch’s network of independent family farmers through his devotion to good food by exclusively featuring Niman Ranch pork and beef at his restaurants, Genuine Pizza® and Harry’s Pizzeria®.  

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