6 Perfect Thanksgiving Side Dishes To Go With Pasture-Raised Turkey

Corinne Kocher

Your superbly-cooked pasture-raised turkey is going to need to be in good company at Thanksgiving dinner. Check out these Thanksgiving side dishes recipes for the perfect accompaniment to a pasture-raised turkey.

USDA Reduces Inspection, Rate of Slaughter Limits for Hog Processing

White Oak Pastures Team

Under a new rule, "the Trump administration will allow pork plants to reduce the number of Department of Agriculture line inspectors assigned to them and run their slaughter lines without any speed limit". 

Brian Sapp, White Oak Pastures' Director of Operations, compares it to "the fox running the hen house". With this "modernization", large plants can push the limits on speed and capacity while also remaining the ones determining the safety of the product.

Introducing: Shelf-Stable Pasture-Raised Pork Sticks

Corinne Kocher

While we love a slow beef roast as much as the next person, sometimes, convenient, on-the-go snacks keep us from getting a little… "hangry."

Introducing White Oak Pastures Meat Sticks: protein from your favorite farm, packed in a shelf-stable stick! Also called a snack stick, these portable snacks are good for on-the-go eating, whether that's on the trail, on the road, or on the farm.

White Oak Pastures Pasture-Raised Pork Sticks have just arrived to our online store, and we are currently developing a grassfed beef stick for later this fall.

Jimmy Carter, Celebrating National Peanut Day, and Our Hogs

Corinne Kocher

Happy National Peanut Day! White Oak Pastures is in the heart of peanut country in south Georgia. We use peanuts and peanut waste byproducts in multiple ways on our farm. We've been celebrating National Peanut Day with a few good meals (and a whole lot of pork products).

Saturday Supper with Jimmy Carter

Last Saturday, we celebrated with one of the most famous peanut farmers on the planet: Jimmy Carter. The Harris family, including grandkids, was invited to dinner with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter. The conversation between the Carters and the Harris family was wide-ranging and lively. CNN's Wolf Blitzer also stopped by for dinner, working on a documentary for Jimmy's 95th birthday.

Gourmet Grinds: Grassfed Beef, Pasture-Raised Poultry & Iberico Pork

Corinne Kocher

There are few things better than a grassfed beef burger fresh off the grill at the end of a long day. But as many of our customers are learning, there are some alternatives beyond a basic burger. 

Animal Impact: Eating Like Our Pigs

Corinne Kocher

Hogs are known for their big animal impact. Pigs are omnivores - and nobody eats like an omnivore. Just think about how wide-ranging our own diet is! At White Oak Pastures, we use the animal impact of pigs to regenerate land and keep our soil and pastures healthy. So how do hogs fit into our planned grazing strategy?

This is part two of a three-part video series on how White Oak Pastures uses animal impact to holistically regenerate land that was previously industrially row-cropped into productive, pastured savannah. 

White Oak Pastures Charcuterie by The Spotted Trotter

White Oak Pastures Team

Cured meat has been around since 3000 BC, and we are so excited to add it to our offering for our customers. We partnered with The Spotted Trotter in Atlanta to develop 3 delicious Summer Salamis: Genoa, Black Pepper & Sorghum, Cured Chorizo. We’re sure you’ll love them! Using our pasture-raised pork and simple ingredients, we could not be more proud to have these available in our online store.

Gourmet Grinds: For Your Convenience

Jenni Harris

 

Eloise Harris, mother to Will Harris, used to talk at length about the generational loss for cooking at home. Growing up, I remember her saying “I can cook everything from a cow from the nose to the tail. My daughter-in-law can cook hamburgers, roasts and a few steaks, and my grandchildren, well, they are doing good to simply brown some ground beef for a taco.” While none of us liked to hear her talk about our inability to cook, we all knew she was right.

White Oak Pastures’ online store is dedicated to serving the needs of our customers. Whether it’s special seasonings or pet chews or leather bags, we want to be sure that we are stocked to be the one-stop-shop for humane, regenerative products. Our newest addition is a category wholly dedicated to Gourmet Grinds.

Winner of Garden & Gun Made In The South Awards: Food Category

Monica McLendon

Challenges have never prevented Will Harris from backing down from any endeavor he considered advantageous for his family, his farm, his animals, and his community. When approached by the Oriol family, who traveled from Spain through the United States, searching for a farm to partner with in raising Iberico pigs in the United States, there was much to consider. There were numerous facets to encompass in order to make this union a success. All things considered, Will accepted the challenge, which brings us to this point: Our Iberico Pancetta is the winner in the food category of the 2018 Garden & Gun 9th Annual Made In The South Awards. Our prized hogs graze on our pastures full of native grasses and consume the pecans and peanuts grown locally in our surrounding communities. After our...

White Oak Hog Featured In Memphis in May World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest

White Oak Pastures Team

Members of the White Oak Pastures team had the opportunity to attend the Memphis in May World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest. Brian Sapp (Director of Operations) and Ban Stewart (Quality Control Manager) assisted in cooking two of our Heritage Breed Hogs with BBQ Hall of Famer, Myron Mixon. Myron, who hails from Unadilla, GA, is the winningest man in Bar-B-Que, a successful cookbook writer and widely popular TV personality on several cooking shows and competitions. His team’s official name is, Jack’s Old South and together they have won more competitions than any other team in the world.

Meet James Currington on Our Hog Crew

Monica McLendon

“James is very dependable. He always comes to work, even if he doesn’t feel well, and is always in a good mood. Not only does he do his job but he is always willing to help the other hog crew”, states Olivier Deslandes, assistant hog production manager, and supervisor for the Iberian hog team.

Why Our Hogs Love Our Hens!

Monica McLendon

While eggs are available through our online store and Atlanta Whole Foods locations, the farm is also following our zero-waste doctrine and treating our pigs with healthy, pasture-raised, calcium-rich eggshells which are not perfect for sales.

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