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    Where can I find grass-fed, nitrite-free, uncured bacon? I buy nitrite-free ones from Whole Foods but I'm pretty sure it's not grass-fed. Any online resources?


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    I have to settle for nitrite-free. I've never found grass-fed bacon anywhere.

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      I don't think pigs eat grass? Pork is the one meat I have the hardest time figuring out what is the best kind to buy? I have not seen "pastured" pork anywhere.

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        there are several online purveyors, best best go to http://eatwild.com/products/california.html and see what farmers are in your area. I am in NYC I wish I could be more helpful!

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          And to the OP there are tons of farmers in the PA that raise pastured nitrate free pork. Even those that are far probably come to farmer's markets nearby.

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            There is some I've found around Lancaster, PA. I can't remember the name of the farm, though.

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              North Country Smokehouse has a few humanely-raised uncured bacons out there, a fruitwood-smoked regular bacon, and their cottage bacon in particular. Both are freaking outstanding.


              A few farms offer beef bacon from grassfed beef around here, but I haven't been terribly impressed with it so far. Nice idea, middling execution.

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                Regarding what pastured pigs eat, I found this on a Chow.com messageboard:


                "Ruth said: "Pigs don't eat grass -- or at least, not as a primary food source. They don't have the ability to digest it like bovines and ovines."


                Actually, that's not true. I've raised many pigs purely on pasture. Pigs are quite capable of getting all their nutrition from pasture and thriving. I've done it from piglets to finishers as well as sows both gestating and nursing.


                They will grow slower, by about one month to finishing, than pigs that are also fed grains, but the reality is that pigs can do it. People pass around the myth that one must be a ruminant like a cow or sheep to thrive on pasture. That isn't true.


                We raise pigs on pasture. We don't feed corn, soy or commercial feeds. What we do feed the pigs in addition to the pasture (summer) and hay (winter) is excess dairy in the form of whey, cheese trim, milk, butter, cream, etc from local dairies and cheese artisans. The addition of dairy completes the protein diet (adding all important Lycine) and increases the calories such that our pigs finish out just as fast on the pasture/hay as pigs do on commercial corn/soy feeds.


                The advantage is the pastured pigs offer a healthier meat, use local resources, save petro miles and taste better than their corn fed brethren. The fact that they are free-ranging on pasture is of course a big plus too for all sorts of reasons from humaneness, to less effort to naturally spreading their valuable manure and urine back over the pasture to fertilize the soil.


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                Sugar Mountain Farm

                in the mountains of Vermont"


                I buy my bacon from a local farm that raises pastured beef, pork, poultry, and lamb. One of these days I'm going to remember to ask what their pigs eat.

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                  maba, I'm pretty sure you won't find grass-fed pork bacon anywhere. At least not from a sane farmer. You just mean pastured/organic right? Or do you mean beef bacon?

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                    I don't think there's such a thing as grass-fed pig. The pig I picked up at the local farm was allowed to roam around all day long, but they eat mostly roots, flowers, fallen apples, some other vegetables, etc. Yeah, there was grass, but it wasn't the main part of their diet.

                    Also, you know how they say "pork is the OTHER white meat"? Well, the farmer told me that it only turns white when the pig is kept in a strict confindment and fed mush all the time. His pigs are nice and red and very flavorful and tender.

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                      LOL, my bad. I meant "pastured/organic", not grass-fed. Thanks for your input. I've been able to find good pastured pork at the farmers market but the bacon is cured with sugar and nitrites. I tried it once and it tastes great but I don't want to get all those nasty chemicals in to my system.

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                        I buy all my 100% pasture-meat here...they do offer pastured bacon too although it's occasionally out of stock. Depends on seasonality:

                        http://www.texasgrassfedbeef.com

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                          Ialways have a hard time finding nitrate free bacon. I think unless you order it made-to-order, it would be difficult to get it.

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                            Same here - almost all of the local small farmers here use processors who add nitrate to the bacon.

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                              I don't think pigs eat grass at all! Here in Ireland, there is a butcher that has free range pigs. They eat roots and flowers and other things, don't think they eat grass tho.


                              The meat is nice, although I have to say that the nitrate free bacon stinks a bit... the meaty taste is very strong but I sort of like it. Still I think I prefer the nitrate bacon. Taste-wise. So I eat a mix of them both.

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