Our bacon is different from normal shop-bought bacon. It's made using pork from the pigs on our farm, for a start. They're kept free range, and are rare breed Berkshires and Saddlebacks, which makes them more flavoursome from the get-go. And then we use traditional, time-honoured techniques to cure and smoke it, for maximum flavour, and a preservative-free product.
Oliver makes all our smokers himself. The bacon is cured first, and then hot smoked, packed and brought to market or sent to a providore. It's all-Tasmanian, made in the West Tamar Valley, free range and nitrate free.
Available on our stall at Harvest Launceston farmers' market fortnightly and at select providores in northern Tasmania and Hobart. (See 'Buy' page for market dates and stockists.)
We've been searching for a product to create from our free range Wessex Saddlebacks, which will do justice to the magnificent breed and its outstanding pork.
So we had some nitrate-free ham and bacon made for us by a specialist butcher in Deloraine.
Very excited, we took delivery of our trial batch last night and sampled it here at the farm.
It is sensational. The ham is a beautiful light pink and has a subtler smoky flavour that we've achieved previously, which allows the flavour of the ham to come through. And there is none of that salty tang you get with standard pork. After rushing outside to photograph it in the last light of the day, we rushed back in to make pizzas with it, complementing it with big blobs of buffalo mozarella. Transported to Naples in one mouthful.
We plan on producing a large batch of ham and bacon and sausages, all nitrate-free, once monthly. We will sell it at one market only and by delivery to the West Tamar valley and Launceston. Bulk supply to the Hobart region is under investigation.
If you would like us to reserve a ham for you to collect this Sunday at Evandale, please ring us on 03 6396 1481 - strictly first come first served.
Each ham is around 1.5kg, boneless and priced at $29 / kg. All our pigs are pure bred Wessex Saddleback, farmed free range here in the Tamar Valley.
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