Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Cook Pigs Ranch

Bad ass ranch. Bad ass pigs. Bad ass family.
How could I not be intrigued!?

I took a trip out to the beautiful town of Julian, California to visit Cook Pigs Ranch for their open ranch day with my friend Kimberly from Atherton Baking Co. (Have you checked them out? You should!) I haven't be to Julian since I was a kid, so I was excited to head out to visit a local and sustainable pig farm. Cook Pigs is a 100% family owned farm that humanely raises heritage pigs. They raise premium pigs, slowly and correctly. I was hooked!


"The ranch operations are fully sustainable and self-contained. The feed program for our pigs consists almost entirely of the use of CSA (Community Supported Agricultural) waste products, such as tortillas, beer mash, and apples, along with acorns which are abundant from the many oak trees which we have on our ranch. We use all local vendors! No hormones or non-natural supplements are used whatsoever to speed-up the growth process. The pigs are allowed to grow at their own speed in the beautiful and peaceful environment which the Cook Pigs Ranch provides." -Cook Pigs 

Little one!

It is pretty crazy to see all the work that goes into running a ranch.  It was so beautiful and well maintained. There were dogs, pigs, donkeys, and kids wandering around. I am a little envious of the farm life, especially on Cook Pigs Ranch. Thank you for showing us around and letting us visit your amazing Ranch! 

To top the day off, Jeremy Manley from Jeremy's on the Hill was there cooking carnitas tacos using the pork from Cook Pigs. These babies were marinated in his "trash bag" marinade and they were so tasty. 

Jeremy owns and is the chef at Jeremy's on the Hill in Julian California. If the tacos are any hint of what his restaurant is like then i'm sure it is amazing food.

4354 Highway 78
Between Santa Ysabel and Julian, Ca

Make sure to check out what Cook Pigs is all about!

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