Archway Farm is excited to be hosting Dan Profitt of Butcher Pete’s Mobile Meat on October 13th, 2018. Dan will be demonstrating how to break down a whole hog from snout to tail and covering practical home uses for every part of the animal.
The class will be from 10am to 2pm. Each student will go home knowing the basics of knife handling, sharpening, jointing and breaking, and converting a whole animal into retail cuts. And they will also take home a heck of a lot of pork too! The course is for anyone over 18 and knives will be provided. You will be going home with no less than ten pounds of fresh pork as well, so bring a cooler and a couple ice packs!
Dan has over 18 years of experience in butchery, starting at Paul’s Choice in Keene as a teenager. He went on to manage several meat and seafood departments for Whole Foods Market. This year he founded Butcher Pete’s, a mobile butcher service for farmers and hunters.
Archway Farm owner Mark Florenz says:
“We are excited to be partnering with Dan on this class as it combines two of our passions, raising pigs outdoors on pasture and connecting people to their food.”
Butcher Pete’s owner Dan Profitt says,
“I believe that the best meat you can get comes from an animal that lived well and was harvested with care. I want to pass my knowledge on to a new generation of farmers, homesteaders and butchers and this is the start.”
To register for the class, contact Mark Florenz at firstname.lastname@example.org and 603-352-3198.
To learn more about Butcher Pete’s Mobile Meat visit them on Facebook and Instagram.
The pigs at Archway Farm in Keene, NH are now certified as Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) by A Greener World. This certification and food label lets consumers know these animals are raised in accordance with the highest animal welfare standards in the U.S. and Canada, using sustainable agriculture methods on an independent family farm. Archway Farm is the first farm in Cheshire County to achieve this certification.
Like other AWA farmers across the country, we recognize the growing consumer interest in how animals are being raised. Raising animals outdoors on pasture has known benefits to animals, consumers, and the environment. We applied for AWA certification to help distinguish Archway Farm products from other products on the market. Animal welfare and sustainability are top priorities for our farm, and AWA is the gold standard. For our customers that can't visit the farm, this certification gives them comfort that our animals are humanely raised.
Animal Welfare Approved’s Online Directory of AWA farms, restaurants and products enables the public to search for AWA farms, restaurants and products by zip code, keywords, products and type of establishment. In addition, AWA has published Food Labels Exposed, a regularly updated guide to commonly used food claims and terms, available free for download at www.AnimalWelfareApproved.us.
On the Farm:
We had our first four litters of piglets for 2017 this past week. Pigs used to living on pasture are pretty rugged creatures; food, water, and shelter from the elements is usually all they require. However, the first 24 hours after piglets are born they are much more vulnerable to the elements. We timed our litters this year to try to avoid the coldest months of the year, but got surprised by this little March cold snap we are having. That took a toll on our first two litters born last weekend and we lost a number of piglets to exposure. Unfortunately, this is the reality of farming, and raising pigs outside. Our second two litters fared much better.
Below is a video of our Tamworth sow "Lemon", that farrowed this morning:
We're very excited to start seeing more of our pork at the Monadnock Food Co-op including: