the WHOLE HOG - by David Lemke
My wife Shannon Lemke is the official "pig caretaker". She does everything from, farrowing until the wee hours of the morning, to castrating and giving vaccinations and clipping teeth. She takes care of the farm, and I am the fence builder, dirty job guy. The Berkshire pig, which we raise, is known as a "heritage" breed hog, which really means it's not "commercially preferred." Why is that? It's generally because Berkshires have smaller litters and are slower growing than the genetically enhanced big litter/faster growing commercial hogs.
The Berkshire breed originally is from England and were preferred by the royal families. The Berkshire is known in Japan as "Kurobuta." The Japanese regard them with the same respect they hold for "Kobe" beef of pork. High-end chefs worldwide, like Worthy's Mike and Justin (!), appreciate the Berkshire pig's marbling and darker meat characteristics, which add that rich pork flavor.
For more about the Lemke Berkshire Farm, you can check us out on Facebook. Shannon updates it with pictures and news pretty regularly.
Our farm operation is basically a 4-H program gone crazy for us. It has definitely added to our quality of life and we are hopeful Worthy's customers will enjoy our Worthy beer grain fed pigs. We're a small outfit but would love to expand our operation to meet Worthy's needs. There's room on our farm for a few steers which everyone knows love spend grain and hops, which are a natural bacteriacide that obviate the need for antibiotics and hormone supplements. We like the sound of "Worthy Beef" on your all ready famous "Worthy burger," which is infused with bacon.
Thanks, David Lemke
April 2, 2013