Food Bloggers Country Outing: Old Farm Heritage Pork

Old Farm piglet First Margaret and Alfie decided to get two pigs – one for themselves, one for a brother – and Alfie came home with three. Then a few sows arrived and before long there were 48 little piglets squealing, tumbling and racing around their farm at Lorrha in North Tipperary. Now they sell their free-range, antibiotic-, GM- and hormone-free Old Farm Heritage Pork through a box scheme at €10 per kilo for mixed boxes of 5, 10 or 15 kilos. These pigs are fed on barley and vegetables sourced locally, together with whey – the leftovers from making Mossfield organic cheese – from their neighbour, Ralph Haslam.

Yesterday we visited the farm to learn more about pork production, from Margaret and Alfie’s tales of starting off pig farming, rubbing the heads of curious yearlings as we walked through their pen and admiring energetic piglets zooming around their mothers as they all gazed up at us, ever-hopeful for extra rations. It being a gathering of food bloggers, there was eating with the education as we all tucked into a delightful spread of Gillian‘s Chocolate Tart, Raspberry Chocolate jam and Barra cake from Theresa, two sets of cookies from Kristin and myself and bowlsful of Margaret’s homegrown cherries and strawberries. There was also homemade elderflower cordial, both young and mature Mossfield cheese and then, after extolling the virtues of lard, Alfie went into the kitchen and came back with plates of fried bread. We practically rolled away from the table.

After much conversing, we left laden down with chunks of Mossfield cheese and jars of chunky pesto from Yvonne of Hey Pesto (last night’s supper all sorted!), big bundles of just-pulled rhubarb, borage plants and, most importantly, sausages made from the siblings of the pigs that we had just met (easy dinner tonight).

A big thank you to Margaret and Alfie for being such superb hosts. You can order their meat direct from Margaret through Facebook and watch out for their forthcoming barbeque class with John Whelan of The Devil’s Menu on Saturday 3 July. Thanks also to Ralph for coming along to tell us about Mossfield cheese – available locally to me in The Pig’s Back, Cork – and to my fellow bloggers: Theresa from The Green Apron, Kristin from Dinner du Jour, Gillian from Some Say Cocoa and Wendy from My Chef at Home.

Now to get planning the next trip…did someone mention the Kilkenny Food Trail?!

Caroline

Caroline

Food writer. Broadcaster. Blogger. Author. Married to Eight Degrees Brewing. Member of the Irish Food Writers' Guild, founder of Irish Food Bloggers Association and co-author of Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer & Cider (New Island)

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9 Responses

  1. It was such fun to have you all here! And to meet like-minded people! Looking forward to meeting up again in Kilkenny!

  2. Hey Pesto! says:

    Sounds like a brilliant day! Please count me in for future events – please, please, please!Hope you enjoy the pesto!Yvonne

  3. Alfie says:

    As ye like Propper fried bread,your welcome back anytime.

  4. Daily Spud says:

    So sorry to have missed the trip, sounds like you had a wonderful day (like there was ever any doubt that you would!) – hopefully I’ll be able to join in for the next one 🙂

  5. Vicky says:

    Sounds like a brilliant day, luv mossfield cheese, its absol yummy bought massive chunk of it at Taste last year unfort there was none left when i went this year! I’d luv to go to the KK one, if i can book the time off work! Vickxx

  6. Gillian says:

    Still enjoying the foodie delights of yesterday … and more left for tomorrow 🙂 Great meeting you!

  7. Alfie says:

    come visit and unpasturised milk easily organised with little notice.[about 2hours]

  8. Caroline says:

    @Margaret and thank you for hosting! Those lovely meaty sausages made it into a lentil dish last night and went down very well with all at the cottage.

    @Hey Pesto that pesto was a great addition to mashed potatoes to have with the sausages and lentils. I loved the nutty chunks.

    @Alfie it’s not so easy to get good fried bread these days – and thanks for the bandaging!

    @Daily Spud when work calls, what can you do? Next time we’ll give a bit more notice.

    @Vicky I’m a fan of Mossfield too but didn’t know where I’d be able to get it around Cork until I met Ralph. Will let you know more about the Kilkenny trip as soon as I ever can.

  9. Christopher Jennings says:

    Good food and nice people! What more can you ask for?

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