Our Mission: Eden’s Cove is our home and Central Texas is our community.We believe in the power of local, and we believe in the wisdom of a self-supporting home-business.We as a community are entering a time of revolution where people are turning away from the corporate marketing blitz and discovering that communication and media overload do not equate to happiness. People are demanding less packaging, less processing, and more freshness and flavor from their food.Local production can address these demands.
~JoAnn and Vivian Smotherman
March 1, 2014
Come see us at the Sunset Valley Farmer's Market or the Bastrop Farmer's Market.
Eden’s Cove is a heritage farm specializing in raising Large Black Hogs for pork. Hogs are naturally bred, farrowed, and raised to market weight on location. Eden's Cove pork is GMO-free and we are working toward organic certification.
We purchased the breeding stock from highly conscientious Texas farmers in 2009. All of our breeding stock are registered with the Large Black Hog Association and were purchased soon after weaning.
They breed naturally and raise their young themselves. We do not wean until the sows are showing signs that they are ready to wean. The boar, Oscar, is never fully separated from the sows. He is their protector. These measures assure that our piglets are strong and healthy from day one.
The swine are raised on fresh organic vegetables from Johnson's Backyard Gardens and spent brewer's grain from Live Oak Brewery in Austin, Texas. These measures provide for an exceptional balance of nutrients in a very natural form. In addition, utilizing the by-products of other local businesses is good for our local economy and for our earth.
Our hogs also have plenty of space to range freely. They choose between shade trees and sunning in mud baths. They rotate through several pastures so that the grass has time to recover. When they have fully fertilized a particular pasture then that field is left to rest and seeded with healthy vegetation for the next year's pasture.
We do not rush the growth of our hogs. We let them take a full year to come to market weight naturally. This allows the herd to remain healthy and allows their meat to marble properly.
These practices and many more ensure that Eden's Cove produces healthy, happy, and tasty pork.
We are currently seeking organic certification but have two major hurdles. First, there is no organic processing center in central Texas available to us. The processing centers that we utilize practice the highest standards in humane treatment and health consciousness and would not be improved upon by obtaining the organic stamp. Second, there is limited access to organic brewer's grain. Spent grain is not just a cheaper source or food for our hogs;it's an ideal food for them. The breweries break down the grain and make it very digestible for the hogs. Also, since the grains in beer are barley, wheat, and rye, we don't have to worry about GMOs. So, we have chosen to feed our hogs an excellent spent grain from a local brewery while we do what we can to encourage organic brewing in Texas.
As we grow we will continue to work toward our own organic certification and supporting the efforts of local organizations to bring facilities and organic opportunities to central Texas.
Large Black Hogs
The word “heritage” refers to livestock that pre-dates industrial agriculture. This matters because modern livestock is bred for speed of growth and the convenience of raising under assembly line conditions. Large Black Hogs did not make the cut because they would never tolerate being raised in pens or having their infants taken away. However, Large Black Hogs are known for their sweet flavor, well marbled meat, large red eye on their chops, and as much as two inches of back fat. This is a superior animal and a superior meat.
JoAnn and Vivian Smotherman
Eden's Cove Farm
157 Bahia Lane
Cedar Creek, Texas 78612
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