Suzy Wright, Mountain Valley Farm, Atlanta  

Farmers are the very heart of the Cochon555 tour. As part of our new Spotlight series for guests past and present, we take you behind the scenes for a Q&A with those who provide the beautiful and delicious pigs for our competition. Meet Suzy Wright of Mountain Valley Farm from our Atlanta event.

What is your farming philosophy?
Our goal is to provide the best life for our pigs and thus the finest pork for our customers by being personally involved with every aspect of the process, from freedom in wooded compounds to harvest, and from butchery to presentation of the finished product to customers at our farm store here on our family farm.

What is it that intrigues you about heritage breed pigs?
We raise heritage breed pigs, a mix of Berkshire, Hampshire and Yorkshire, just as our family has done here on our farm since 1840, with the goal of preserving all of the lucious fat and flavor found in a real pig.

What is your favorite pork cut and way to cook it?
Our favorite cut would have to be thick bone-in chops covered with a balsamic vinegar/bone broth mixture, simmered low and slow.

The root of all Cochon555 events is the community of small and family farmers whose sacrifice and talent results in the heritage breed pigs we celebrate. For more information about Suzy and Mountain Valley Farm, please visit