Corva Bella – Frequently Asked Questions at the Farmer’s Markets

We receive a lot of queries at the farmers markets we do, so I thought it would be fun to create a running list of frequently asked questions, so that you can learn more about us! What does Corva Bella mean? My grandfather was born in Corva, Italy and I’m second generation Italian-American. Seven years ago Connor and I were…

Let’s talk about Coefficient of Inbreeding- COI

Let’s talk about COI in relation to breeding… COI = coefficient of inbreeding. In other words, the degree of relatedness that two pigs have. COI is just a number. It’s just a tool- one of many- that you might use when assessing a pig to add to your herd, or two pigs you want to breed together. There’s a lot…

Meishan or Kunekune?

  Meishan or Kunekune? It’s a common question. Both are docile, grazing pigs. Both are lard type pigs. Both have deep red & marbled meat. Both have breed conservation efforts. Both are fun to raise! Here is our 15 month old sow, MooShu (Illinois/Iowa lines) next to a decent-sized fully grown Kunekune boar, our Mahia Love/Jenny. Hedwig weighs 270 lbs,…

“Tapeka Trait” Kunekune piglets are coming to South Carolina!

  We’re incredibly excited to announce that “Tapeka Trait” piglets will be arriving on the farm in the near future. These beautiful babies are coming to us all the way from Washington State, bred by Pamela Farris at ROCK STAR Vittle Piggies – RSVP We are adding a boar and a gilt that display the high white/black/ginger color blocking known as…

Come on out and try our new MAPLE BOURBON sausage!

We’ve worked hard on perfecting this recipe, and after several test batches, it is perfect and ready to roll out! Our newest sausage variety- MAPLE BOURBON- will be available for purchase at this weekend’s markets, or for farm gate pickup. This decadent premium linked sausage contains generous amounts of real maple syrup and Wild Turkey 101 bourbon. We hope to…

Two AMBA Registered, Certified Pure Meishan Gilts Available!

Two Meishan gilts remain from MooShu’s 5/17 litter! $900 each- breeding pair discount available.  Whether you’re raising to conserve the breed, or crossing with another breed to add the Meishan’s distinctive red meat color and gorgeous marbling to your product… starting off with American Meishan Breeders Association registered & certified pure stock is the way to go. (Check my album…

Know your Breeder: Important Information about Purchasing Registered Kunekune Pigs

Kunekune pigs are growing in popularity for good reason. They are a joy to raise, and many people are realizing their potential as meat pigs. Whether you’re a homesteader, small farmer, heritage breed conservationist, or a 4H or FFA participant- Kunekune pigs are the top choice for being smaller in size and easier to manage, and for their propensity for…

Delicious: succulent and crispy roasted Kunekune pork belly

Last week,  15 year old Connor, who is a HUGE fan of Gordon Ramsay, found this recipe and requested that we cook it up ASAP. I sent him off to the meat freezer to find the perfect piece of pork belly for this adventure. Yesterday afternoon, we enjoyed this scrumptious dish, made even more perfect accompanied by summer squash and…

KuneKune Pulled Pork

Excellent pulled pork recipe, perfect for our smaller, “crock pot sized” boston butts and picnic shoulders!

Connor's 4-H Heritage Breeds Project

My Mom and I are making pulled pork for the first time. I am going to tell you the recipe and how it tasted. We decided to cook it in the crock pot instead of the oven.

The part of the pig we used for the pig is a picnic ham. picnic ham is the lowest part of the pigs shoulder. It is a lot more tough and fatty than most cuts of meat, it has a very meaty texture.

Pulled Pork is known as one of the most popular dishes in the south. You can get it pretty much any where. Barbeque is so famous due to it starting in the south. It first started when Native Americans started barbequeing pigs that were introduced to them by the Spanish.

We researched some recipes online and added ingredients from two recipes, and added our own ideas to make our pulled pork.

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