“You are what you eat!” It’s an old adage that encourages us to make healthy choices about the food we consume. A donut? Or a banana? One will give you energy and the other will slow you down. But for a pig, such decisions are irrelevant. No, I’m not talking about someone who stuffs their face with processed junk. Hogs will slop down just about anything. And for the Red Wattle, what they eat determines the experience our taste buds have when we grill up a chop.
While most pork consumed in the U.S. is the result of many years of selective breeding for qualities that are prized for mass production and a standard flavor, many small farmers have preserved so-called “heritage” breeds, including the Red Wattle which has come close to extinction, except for the efforts of passionate farmers who raise them.
Heritage breeds all maintain unique qualities such as markings, sizes, fat content and flavors- just like the heirloom tomatoes we go crazy for during the fall. Unlike the short local tomato season, pork can be enjoyed year round. We are proud to carry Red Wattle pork from Heritage Foods USA, a collective of small farms in the Midwest using natural, humane techniques for raising livestock. Try one tonight and see what flavors you can detect… Maybe sweet corn? Or nutty wheat berries? Wait a minute, is that chocolate cake? Well, maybe not.
Sara (from the Deli!)
P.S. Right now we’re carrying Red Wattle Heritage Porterhouse Pork Chops ($8.99/lb) and Red Wattle Heritage Center Cut Pork Chops ($10.99/lb)