Inspired by regional prosciutto of Europe, Tails & Trotters was established with the goal of developing a truly Northwest prosciutto, produced from pigs fattened on hazelnuts, instead of acorns as is traditional in Europe.
After spending several years refining our proprietary hazelnut-finishing program, Tails & Trotters launched commercially in 2009. We have a whole-hog program, and currently butcher 12 pigs per week under USDA-Inspection, and market our distinctive hazelnut-finished pork to restaurants, retailers & farmers markets from Eugene, OR to Seattle, WA.
European prosciutto is traditionally produced from pigs fattened (finished) on acorns. Tails & Trotters produces a Northwest-style prosciutto from pigs finished on hazelnuts, one of the region's greatest agricultural treasures. Tails & Trotters works exclusively with Pure Country Pork, a family farm in Ephrata, WA to produce its distinctive hazelnut-finished pork. Pure Country Pork was the nation’s first producer of pork certified by the Food Alliance for sustainable production. Tails & Trotters’ pigs are raised under this program for their first 5-7 months, when they enter Tails & Trotters’ proprietary finishing program. For the next 8-12 weeks a substantial portion of the pigs’ grain diet is substituted with whole hazelnuts, which Tails & Trotters provides from a family packer in Newburg, OR. This finishing period results in a pig that is much larger with the necessary fat coverage for high-quality prosciutto, and a characteristic sweetness infusing both fat & muscle.
Although currently marketing only our fresh pork and sausages, we continue to develop several styles of prosciutto and other charcuterie. To commercially produce prosciutto requires a curing/aging facility operating under USDA-Inspection, a sizeable undertaking.
Impatient to start providing our supporters prosciutto, we are taking a leap to develop an interim step – a retail shop where we can produce & market our prosciutto and a full line of other cured products. A community space where we can give & host classes, special dinners, CSA-pickup, and foster a deeper connection with our food and its producers.
This is no small feat itself, and will require more funds than we currently have. In addition to having our own funds for this project, we are turning to our supporters for help in filling our funding gap to secure and outfit a retail shop.
100% of Kickstarter contributions will be combined with Tails & Trotters own funds towards securing and outfitting a retail space for Tails & Trotters to produce & market its prosciutto and other charcuterie.
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