John & Marina
About Marina and John Backes
Circle B Ranch is a family owned and operated Berkshire/Kurabota pork product business. Marina and John relocated from Branchburg, NJ in September 2009 to the lush and rolling hills of the Ozark Mountains. They originally owned a small hobby farm where John raised turkeys, ducks and chickens for their own consumption. They were ahead of their time since they fed them feed that did not contain unnecessary hormones or antibiotics. This practice and belief has been continued on the partnering farms they use in the area. John and Marina are passionate about food and what they eat. They firmly believe that an animal’s welfare is very important to the taste and the appearance of the meat which is why Marina and John make such a significant effort in finding local farmers with the same mindset.
The backgrounds of John and Marina successfully compliment the pork products they create. John has extensive experience in mechanical contracting, so the entire infrastructure of finding the perfect local farming operations goes to him.
Marina owned and operated an upscale catering company in Somerville, NJ for 11 years. Through Nadia Gourmet Caterers she sold Marina’s Cranberry Chutney, Marina’s Italian Style Tomato Sauce and Big John’s BBQ. The BBQ Sauce and the Cranberry Chutney were all recipes that Marina developed over the years, while in catering. The Italian Tomato Sauce is an old family recipe and with one bite you will see how freshness should taste. Marina was known for preparing all of her sauces from scratch.