Kristin Bailey, SpringWolf Farms, Minneapolis
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 Kristin Bailey of SpringWolf Farms from our Minneapolis event.
What is your farming philosophy?
We raise good food, in good ways. We combine the best of modern and, traditional farming practices into a sustainable model that respects our animals and allows them to flourish, behave naturally, and be content. Happy pigs are tasty pigs!
What is it that intrigues you about heritage breed pigs?
They are so much FUN. They are personable, intelligent and so hilarious. I know which hog is looking for a belly rub and which one is looking to “wrestle” (which is more fun for me when they are under 100lbs). I love that they are able to thrive in our pastures during all kinds of weather. And, let’s not forget; they are incredibly tasty!
What is your favorite pork cut and way to cook it?
Favorite cut… That’s tough to pin down; it’s ALL scrumptious! Ways to cook them? That’s easy; simple seasonings followed by simple cooking methods are always a winner. A bone-in chop, lightly seasoned with just, salt and pepper, on the grill (even in -20 MN winter) really lets the flavor of the pork shine through.
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 Kristin and SpringWolf Farms, please visit www.SpringWolfFarms.com.