The goal of every pork producer is to raise healthy, quality pigs to make the best possible pork for consumers across the world. But that conversation is long and diverse. Engaging consumers in a new way, educating the public about cooking pork and explaining different questions about pig production is one goal of a new documentary, “Meat of the North” from the Minnesota Pork Board.
As we celebrate National Pork Month, or #Porktober, follow along with Tim Schwartz, a pork producer from Sleepy Eye, Minn., as he takes two “foodies,” Jeromy and Kat, on a road trip to learn more about cooking pork, meat processing and farm production.
The 15-minute video starts with education about cooking pork to the correct temperature, as they cook pork sliders, made with sliced pork loin.
“That’s hands down the best pork sliders I’ve ever had in my life...but to make it myself and be part of making it together with friends is a trip,” said Jeromy, a self-proclaimed pork fanatic.
Then the group visits Schmidt’s Meat Market, an iconic fresh butcher market about how bacon is cured and sliced.
“So, I think when the majority of us think about pork, we think about bacon and pork chops. So it was interesting today to see all the different cuts,” Kat said. “Pork is so versatile.”
The video moves on to Schwartz’s family hog operation to see the gestation and farrowing barns.
Schwartz, who helps oversee some of the farrowing barns, is the second generation involved in the operation. Schwartz Farms is a blend of both family and non-family decision makers, he says, which is a bit different from some other farms.
“My ultimate goal as to being a part of the project was to be a voice of the industry, and of the other producers that are out there,” Schwartz says. “Hopefully we can tell the story in a way that people can connect with and tell a real authentic story of pork production and how everything goes daily on the farm.”