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Pastured Pork, Now taking orders

Pork Roll

We are now taking orders for the fall pork orders.

Our family loves loves, good pork, but it’s hard to find.  Our bacon would shrink as it cooked, the ham was  light pink and the sausage options were limiting to our palate.   So, we found a way to get flavorful juicy pork, and fill our freezer to make sure we have enough to last us the year.  Our family loves our pork so much, we wanted to share this quality and flavor with you.

We raise heritage breed pork, with full flavor and color. The pigs are allowed to live out, their natural pig tendencies, roaming through our grove gleaning what the woods has to offer, while enhancing the flavor and quality of the meat.

They will be available in the beginning of November, and will be processed at Odenthal Meats, south of New Prague.  Halves and whole are available at $2.50/lb hanging weight + processing, done to your specifications.  There is a  $50 non-refundable deposit per half ordered ($50 for half, $100 whole) at the time of the order.  There will be no extras available in the fall, so place your order now.

* Pigs average 210 Lbs live weight, so a whole hog is about 125 lbs.  This is not a guarantee, but an estimate of weights to give a rough idea.

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Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

Where did it come from?

Buckthorn is a species of plant that was brought to North America as a landscaping plant, it had been used in Europe for hundreds of years.  It was thought to make wonderful hedges, as it is fast growing and, grows in thick, making an impenetrable hedge.  Additionally Buckthorn flowers in the spring, providing berries for birds, and even holds onto them into winter.

Is it really issue?

Buckthorn has a vast root system which out competes native plants for water and nutrients.  As it grows quickly to create a canopy shading out the other species.  This pushes out many natives species that had been supporting the local wildlife.  Causing the area under the Buckthorn to become dark and barren.

Once a stand of Buckthorn is established it is hard to remove it.  The berries that the birds contain seeds that the birds conveniently spread enveloped in a bit of fertilizer to help the Buckthorn seed get off to a good start.  Once the seed is spread it has a long life and can stay in the soil for up to five years.  This one one reason why Buckthorn is not removed from an area just by cutting it down, in fact it gives the new seed a perfect opportunity to start sprouting.

One of the other reasons Buckthorn is hard to remove is its ability to come back from roots left in the ground, or even from the stump.  The stump will use some of the energy stored in root system to send up multiple new shoots, enabling the trees to aggressively start over.   It can be beat though, through repetitive cuttings or grazing wearing away the energy stored in the root system.