by Melody Hodgson
I love food, but I do not identify as a foodie. That takes work and effort. I like to browse Pinterest and save recipes in a folder (a secret folder of course, I don’t want anyone to know what I am pinning) and maybe make them, or maybe order Chinese for the night. Low maintenance living. Last summer my family and I decided it would be a good idea to try and run a food truck (I use the terms “food” and “truck” loosely) out at the farm for some of our smaller events. On the menu? Hot dogs and French fries, far from gourmet but still within our low maintenance lifestyle. Imagine our surprise when after we Tweeted out a photo of our “Weiner Stand” and delectable menu we received the following response:
What’s this you say? Local pork sausage? As in, two side roads over…and he will deliver? That was all we needed to hear, and thus our relationship with Jeff Linton and Linton Pasture Pork was formed. Jeff supplied the masses at Walton Raceway with his honey garlic sausage all summer, and stocked my freezer with the best pork I have ever eaten. I actually take pictures of the bacon each time I cook it because it is so beautiful. Natural, humane, 100% pasture raised and GMO free, Linton Pasture Pork is easily one of my favourite discoveries in Huron County.
Recently, I took the family out to Jeff’s new farrowing and gestating paddocks located across the road from the home farm in Walton. A pig’s paradise (at least what my interpretation of what a pig’s paradise would be), the plot of land is backed by a forested area and is located on virgin soil…meaning it has never been farmed. Jeff took the time to explain his process, how the pigs are raised, how his sausage and meat is produced (no fillers, pure deliciousness), and his well thought out goals for sustainable farming. Peaceful, lush and green, it is a perfect environment to raise pork, from farrow to finish. If I was a pig, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
Jeffrey Linton – 519-955-2519