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Wintertime Farrowing and Weaning

Since the beginning, our mission here at Circle B Ranch has been to raise our hogs in the most natural way possible; our hogs are what they are meant to be. They do as nature intended. Because of our natural practices, we farrow all year round here, […]

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Super Spinach Facts and Rotini with Circle B Ranch Sweet Italian Sausage, Spinach & Pine Nuts

As kids, a lot of us hated our vegetables—including spinach! But our parents, told us to eat it; it would make us grow up big and strong. Even the cartoons got in on the action. Who doesn’t remember Popeye the Sailor Man, his ever-present can of spinach, […]

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A Farmers Look at the Paleo Diet!!

So, what is the paleo-diet? I’m sure most of you have heard of it by now, but for those of you who haven’t—here goes. The Paleo Diet is essentially a diet, or eating trend, that is based on our primal beginnings. In other words, if a caveman […]

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What’s Hog Farming like in the Winter at Circle B Ranch?

The winter months are a true test of a farmers skill and work capacity. The winter brings frozen waterers’,  hard starting trucks and tractors and breakdowns.  Everything runs easy in warm weather and it seems like it takes twice as long to accomplish anything in winter! Even […]

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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 do I publish recipes, and sell delicious homemade sauces?

Food is very important to me.  Being brought up in a big Italian family I can remember being at my Aunt Frances for the holidays.  Not only did we have a full American dinner but about 2 hours later she would bring out pasta with Italian tomato […]

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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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Use Your Basil Before it Freezes!

Fresh pesto recipe

In the spring, we bought six basil plants and moved them next to our bedroom window.  This area gets sun in the morning and shade in the hottest point of the afternoon. The basil has flourished! I have a daughter-in-law and a son-in-law that love pesto, so I always […]

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So I bought a pig…

 “So I bought a pig. Now what do I do with it?” If you are asking yourself this question, this series of articles is for you. I will discuss not only the processing of the various cuts, but I will also highlight various ways to cook the cuts once you have them. These articles are also very helpful for anyone who would like to know how to cook the various cuts of a Berkshire hog.

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Summer’s Last Hurrah!

Labor Day weekend is here! To celebrate the end of Summer, most of us will fire up the grill and fill our tables with the tried-and-true classics. BBQ, coleslaw, baked beans, mac-and-cheese, and chips and dips will be plentiful.  Most of us will and cook and eat […]

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