Good Farms – Raising Antibiotic Free Pork in Kansas
Good Farms is raising antibiotic free pork in Olsburg, Kansas and these little piggies are going places!
Good Farms was the second stop of the first day of the three day farm tour I took across Kansas which you can read about here.
Craig and Amy Good are the proud owners of this hog farm and incredibly gracious hosts. They raise pigs for Heritage Foods USA. The pigs are raised without antibiotics and are well taken care of. I have to admit I was a bit nervous as I envisioned seeing a bunch of dirty pigs all crammed into a pin covered in who know what but that was not the case at all.
After Craig and Amy graciously invited us into their home to tell us about the farm and made us an appetizer of Ground Pork Meatballs with Gorganzola on Greens, that were absolutely delicious by the way, they gave us some cute blue booties to keep our shoes clean and took us out on the tractor to visit the little piggies.
The farm was immaculately clean and the baby piglets are housed in a large barn area.
The children aged ones as I called them where free to run around in together in an extremely large covered pen carpeted with fresh hay. The grown adults have a separate area as well.
Craig and Amy are very conscious about producing the highest quality pork they can and to do that they keep the operation rather small to selling only about 1,000 pigs a year.
Heritage Foods is a company that connects chefs, restaurants and foodies that are looking for animals that have heritage genetics, are antibiotic free and raised on pastures to farmers that use these practices.
Celebrity chefs Mario Batali and Tom Colicchio use Good’s pigs as well as some pretty big name restaurants like Carnevino in Las Vegas and Fatted Calf in Napa Valley. Who knew that little piggy from Kansas was going to make it big time when he went to market. The market is close too, the pigs actually go to Paradise to be processed. Paradise Meat Locker that is, which is just up north in Trimble, MO.
You can order cuts of Good Farms pork and (beef once a year in the spring) at Heritage Foods USA. If you specifically want their meat you can request it, otherwise the order will be filled with whatever breeds Heritage chooses. All the pork on the Heritage website is family farm raised and none of the pigs have been given antibiotics.
If you are looking for a whole or half hog they can usually accommodate that from the farm to a local locker, but do not sell single cuts or bundles. Contact Craig and Amy Good for more information on that.