Nothing in Arkansas is bigger than pig. Physically and culturally they have made their mark, but they are also a big deal on the plate. Here in northwest Arkansas, their has been a movement to raise some variety of breeds that most Americans have not tried in their life-time. Most pork, you think of the ‘other white meat’, but the reality is, a lot of pork is pink. Hertiage breeds and Berkshire breeds are two of the varieties that both farms we looked for this episode. We go into what makes them different in flavor, size, and stature. All the pigs are raised outside on green grassy pastures with fresh air, sunshine, with a stress free life. All this good living gives their porks amazing flavor and quality.
Hanna Family Ranch in Bentonville has focused on the Hertiage breeds that are kind of silly looking, but quite tasty. They are longer and more slender with floppy ears that cover their eyes. This is to protect their eyes while rooting around.
The Bansley’s are more in the business of breeding the Berkshire breed. You can tell they truly love these animals. They were always petting and scratching their dirty little backs. You can hear the pride they have, knowing they are doing everything they can to make life good for these pigs. Plus, they recently got solar panels to make sure they area doing things right for the earth too.
Both farms are owned by the nicest folks around. We have had the pleasure of meeting both families many times and they are highly regarded in the food community in Northwest Arkansas. So happy we could show them off to the rest of the state.
If you would like to buy any local meat directly from the families, contact information is below.
Hanna Family Ranch
Waltina and Will Hanna
Bansley’s Berkshire Ridge
Sean and Carol Bansley
Thanks again for watching and looking forward to finishing off our last three shows for Season 1 for you. They will start airing this coming June.