Snouts and Sprouts is a small family farm focused on sustainable and humane meat, raised locally just miles from our flagship store in Phoenixville. Look for their pasture-raised, organically-fed chicken and pork in our Chester County stores.
Snouts & Sprouts is run by two Chester County natives, Field and Mary. They met in kindergarten at the Kimberton Waldorf School, where they were first introduced to farming and the importance of organic foods. Mom to three girls under the age of four, Mary says, “We are a family farm raising food they way we do to feed our own little ones. Not only do we want to provide wholesome, safe meat for our children to eat, we also want them to be connected to where their food comes from.”
Their growing family is what inspires the couple to do what they do. They appreciate the chance to show their girls and their customers what it means to raise animals in the best possible way, in a healthy environment. “Buying prepackaged meat that bares no resemblance to the animal it came from allows the consumer to completely detach themselves from the fact they are eating something that used to live and breath,” says Mary. She explains how this type of detachment allows our culture to look the other way at the deplorable conditions that many factory farmed animals are raised in. “It is important to us our children never take their food for granted and that they learn to respect and care for the animal that the meat came from,” she says.
For Mary, selling pork to Kimberton Whole Foods is truly a family affair. Besides the fact that she shops with us, her father, Hobo Ed, sells his coffees in our stores, and her brother and sister-in-law work for KWF.
Pasture Raised Heritage Pork
The Snouts and Sprouts pigs are mixed heritage breeds, raised following organic practices. Did you know that pigs graze? “Our pigs graze through the field like champions, eating a variety of grasses!” They are fond of legumes like alfalfa and clover, and they even eat poison ivy. The farm practices intensive rotational grazing, which means that the pigs are moved to a new section of pasture every single week, giving them a fresh supply of grasses and a clean, uncontaminated environment. This, explains Mary, “is by far the best, most humane, and healthiest way to raise pigs.” The pigs also receive locally-sourced, certified organic feed as part of their diet.
Allowing the pigs to graze has other benefits: As the pigs root around, they naturally till up the earth, allowing the farmers to reseed without the use of a plow. This limits soil erosion. The pigs also access essential minerals from the soil, including iron, which means that it does not need to be synthetically supplemented in their diet.
Additionally, this rapid rotation of pasture works as a natural parasite control, creating a cleaner, healthier environment: the weekly movement interrupts the parasite life cycle, which means that they have no need for chemical dewormers and antibiotics. “Our goal is not to just pump out the maximum amount of product the farm can produce, instead we want to create a holistic multi-species ecosystem on our farm where all parts work to benefit the whole in the most sustainable, humane way possible.”
Similarly to the pork at Snouts and Sprouts, the chickens live a healthy and humane life, raised on pasture and happily roaming, scratching, and pecking. Here, they can feed on grass and bugs, and naturally fertilize the land. The birds receive a locally-sourced, certified organic feed to supplement their diet. They are protected by predators and moved to fresh pasture once or twice daily with the use of Chicken Tractors.
Snouts and Sprouts is fully committed to organic practices, free from the use of antibiotics, hormones, or pesticides. Only untreated seed is used on their pastures, and all supplemental feed for the animals is certified organic. While the land itself is USDA Certified Organic, their meat products are not certified.
Mary explains, “Organic Certification is tricky business not just because it is cost prohibitive to small scale farmers but also because organic certification does not necessarily equal best practice. For example, confinement operations are permitted in organic certification. In fact, it is easier to certify a confinement operation organic than a free range operation because legally speaking it is easier to “control” what the animal is exposed to when it is kept in confinement. For us the benefit of raising our animals out of doors is far more important than the certification. So, our farm is organic in the true sense and spirit of the term but not as defined by the USDA.”
Find Snouts and Sprouts pasture-raised, organically-fed chicken and pork in our Chester County stores: Downingtown, Kimberton, Malvern. You’ll find whole chickens, boneless breasts, thighs, wings, and drumsticks, as well as ground pork, chops, country sausage, and ham steaks.