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Archive for the Big John’s Blog Category

Why should you eat Cranberries?

 Marina’s Cranberry Chutney has been a staple for us as far back as I can remember. It compliments not only pork but beef, chicken, oatmeal and I have been known to pair it with goat cheese for a quick appetizer! Not only is it easy to make, it keeps

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Why choose Humane Farmed Products?

Who knew a few  years ago that John and I would be in Missouri raising Heritage Berkshire Hogs? When John came home and said that our property was conducive to raising Berkshire Hogs, I immediately imagined hogs in knee deep mud and a really awful odor. We went

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The Best or the Worst of Us

  I was reading a blog the other day that really made me stop and think, and it has stuck in my mind ever since. Ultimately, the article discussed euthanasia, specifically when it is appropriate to employ it or forgo it. But the most interesting thing about the

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Decisions, Decisions

People often ask me, “How do you decide which products to make and sell?”  Truthfully, many factors influence our decisions when it comes to creating and maintaining the Circle B Ranch line of products. From the beginning, John and I decided Circle B Ranch would provide only

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BIG JOHN: UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

For those of you who don’t know him, let me introduce you to John Backes, co-founder of Circle B Ranch. He began his life in New Jersey where he developed a love for the outdoors and a passion for the slow-food movement. Since then, he has held

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Circle B Employee- Meet Tim Denner

Meet Tim Denner, one of our wonderful employees here at Circle B Ranch. Tim is incredibly experienced; he was raised on a farm and has been farming for pretty much his whole life, aside from a stint as a local gas delivery driver for Brooks Gas. As

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What do labels really mean?

I think in all of our blogs I have mentioned how passionate we are about what we do on our farm. We truly believe that an animal, regardless of the breed or type, should be handled with a gentle hand, a tender heart, love and respect. We have

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Nitrites VS Nitrates

As you already know, Circle B Ranch believes in consumer awareness when it comes to food. We are completely open to questions about our products. We will discuss our opinions with you in detail.  We do not skip over the more controversial aspects of pork production. Because

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Marketing at the Farmers Market

Circle B Ranch didn’t spring to life overnight. John and I have worked hard—to build our name, our brand, and the products that we are proud of—one step at a time. When we first started out, we decided to begin by marketing our products at the farmers’

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Piglets to Pork—Slowly Grown

Here at Circle B Ranch, we are very particular about our breeding stock, the way we raise our hogs, and the products we make for our customers. Our stock is a mixture of  Heritage breeds including Berkshire, Red Wattle, and crosses.  Because we only breed twice a

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