Willow Creek Farmlocal, sustainable and humane
If you care about eating local, sustainable and humanely produced food, and if you care about eating food that has the best texture and taste, then you want to know about Willow Creek Farm's delicious pork.
Tony and Sue Renger share in the work of production, care, marketing and distribution of their pork. Tony grew up on a farm in Iowa and is a fourth-generation hog farmer. They started with 10 acres in 1993, and today they farm 80 acres. The farm is sustainable, providing a high quality of life to the animals and a great education for their children.
The pork they produce is so good because they bring three very important practices together. First, their purebred Berkshire hogs are the finest animals available for pork. Our hogs page has more about why Berkshires are so wonderful for pork.
Second, the Rengers use sustainable, natural farming practices. They believe that farmers who raise animals have an obligation to make sure their animals have comfortable and natural lives. Their hogs roam freely in their acres of green pastures, filled with natural Wisconsin grasses with no genetically modified plants, choosing whether to go into their clean straw-lined shelters or graze outside. Their noses are not ringed and they are raised in a non-C.A.F.O. environment (C.A.F.O. = confined animal feeding operation). The Rengers feed the hogs corn, soybeans and other grasses grown on their farm, ground and mixed on the farm, with no antibiotics or animal by-products. These are healthy, happy animals who live without stress and lots of room and control over their lives.
A third important practice is that the Renger's Process all their hogs in their own USDA inspected facility located in Prairie du Sac, WI. All hogs are custom processed for each individual customer. They smoke hams and bacons with real wood in their own custom designed and built smokers - they end result is very moist and delicious.
The Rengers won 2011 Grand Champion for Traditional Boneless Ham along with Reserve Champion for their bacon at the 2010 Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors convention.
The Rengers were finalists in the first, second and third annual Gallo Family Vineyards Gold Medal Awards in the category of OUTSTANDING MEAT. Gallo Family Vineyards created the Gold Medal Awards program to recognize excellence and the highest standards in quality and craftsmanship among artisanal food producers in the United States.