- 10oz Chuck Eye Steaks (qty 2)
A curated share of our Finest Steaks + Heritage Pork Chops + Craft Ground Beef.
For Tina Kahlig, the question was never “Do I want to be a farmer?” Growing up on the family farm means that she always felt an affinity to the land and the countryside. Though Tina and her husband Clarence live in the city now, they visit their ranch on a weekly basis to check in with the cattle, Tina’s father (who still lives on the ranch!), and their ranch manager Travis.
Both Tina and Clarence come from five generations of country farmers but they haven’t always raised fullblood Wagyu. While on a hunting trip, a friend introduced the Kahligs to Wagyu beef. Believe it or not, that friend is a doctor who raved about the health benefits that come from eating Wagyu. After that trip, Tina brought home a Wagyu tenderloin for Clarence’s birthday and they were hooked!
When they had the opportunity to purchase a Wagyu herd, the Kahligs didn’t hesitate. Because Clarence had a heart issue, they knew they needed to eat healthier. That meant no red meat or healthier red meat. Wagyu was the answer. They could raise healthy and delicious beef for their personal needs and, as the herd grew, consider sharing their beef with the world.
Jesie and Matthew Lawrence built their farm and family simultaneously. A desire to gain food transparency for their loved ones, and the community at large, inspired the couple to start Marble Creek Farmstead. An hour’s drive from Birmingham, the Sylacauga, Alabama farmstead, has a full range of products. In addition to growing fruits and vegetables, the farmstead is also home to chickens, turkeys, ducks, pigs, goats, sheep, and grass-fed cattle.
The Lawrence’s focus on hogs rests primarily with Berkshire and Tamworth breeds. The Berkshire has been called the "Kobe of Pork," for its marbling, tenderness and rich flavor. The Tamworth is known as the "Bacon Pig" for the ability to grow mass without having too much fat. Marble Creek Farmstead is also home to Large Black and Red Wattle hog breeds. With room to roam in pastures of clover, rye, bluegrass, buttercups, and flowers, the hogs instinctually root around, eating grasses, dirt, and grubs. The pigs also have access to spent brewer’s grain, fermented grains of wheat, barley and sorghum from nearby brewers, as well as a supplemental non-GMO feed.