Sobaski's Pork

Type: Farm

Produces: Pork

Location: Washington, IA

Miles from Coop: 35

Meet Aaron Sobaski and his family:

sobaski-family.jpg

   
"After college, I worked at a confinement pig farm," Aaron explains. "I was sick all the time," he recalls, "and I wasn’t happy."

"I decided I was going to raise pigs my way – and I would never go back. It truly bothers me to drive past hog confinements that do not allow the pigs to have access to do what a pig wants and is supposed to do."

Aaron’s pigs have:

"Plenty of room to run, root around, dig holes, and go outside, and they just don’t get sick – they’re overall healthy pigs."

A secret:

Confinement pig farmers order pigs from Aaron, because they’re the kind of meat they actually want to eat. It’s just got a different flavor.

"It is labor intensive,” Aaron notes, “but it’s definitely worth it."


Other Local Producers

Be sure to check out these others great local producers!

Beeler's Pure Pork

Beeler's Pure Pork

Their Heluka® breed and method of farming focuses on keeping their hogs stress-free: raising them with compassion, plenty of access to spacious bedded areas and sunshine, vegetarian feed, and no antibiotics or hormones.

Le Mars, Iowa

Hansen's Dairy

Hansen's Dairy

Switch to their butter and you’ll never go back: Hansen’s butter, cream, and long-lasting non-homogenized milks are known for their flavor.

Hudson, IA

Early Morning Harvest

Early Morning Harvest

Earl, Ronda (above), & son Jeff Haffner grow organic grains and stone grind them whole – germ intact (unlike commercial flour). Their organic grains are in many of New Pi’s breads, prepared foods, and on New Pi shelves

Panora, IA

Marmalade Sky

Marmalade Sky

I had a mission: to find a way to bake everyone’s favorite treats without sacrificing anything to taste or texture. Malak Nour is a local artisanal baker specializing in gluten-free baked treats.

Fairfield, IA

Slipstream Granola

Slipstream Granola

With just enough sweetness from honey, it makes a satisfying and energizing start to your day, or as a mid-day snack, or an evening treat on your favorite ice cream.

Fort Madison, IA

Grimm Family Farm

Grimm Family Farm

Jason and Hannah's Black Turtle Beans have a special, earthy flavor and creamy texture, and can actually be cooked without pre-soaking.

North English, IA

Sobaski's Pork

Sobaski's Pork

Aaron’s pigs have: “Plenty of room to run, root around, dig holes, and go outside, and they just don’t get sick – they’re overall healthy pigs.”

Washington, IA

Fae Ridge

Fae Ridge

Janette Ryan-Busch has supplied New Pioneer Co-op with certified organic produce since the mid-’80s, and is best known for her big bunches of fresh basil.

Iowa City, IA