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.
Pasture-raised heritage hogs produce meat that's typically darker in color, with a richer pork flavor and decadent succulence. Studies have shown that a combination of genetics and husbandry lead to a higher PH, the factor behind color and flavor. Marble Creek Farmstead does just that, matching heritage breeds with outstanding farm practices to offer a superior product with a difference you can see and taste.
Marble Creek Farmstead is dedicated to maintaining dynamic, sustainable farmland. Every aspect of their farm management is designed to improve land conditions while providing a pleasant, healthful lifestyle for every animal in their care. Hogs are free to create their own, natural farrowing (birthing) dens, with additional access to a proper structure should they want further protection from the elements. Animals get plenty of food and water, space to explore and forage, and aren’t treated with hormones or unnecessary antibiotics.
It’s been important for Matthew and Jesie to personally handle every aspect of the farming process, from land management to packing the finished product. In addition to land conservation and animal husbandry, Marble Creek Farmstead processes their meat with the highest level of care. Their onsite USDA-inspected facility allows the farm to diligently manage their products from start to finish.