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SAVOR: Raising Food Animals Humanely

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William Smith
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Pork Roast

Once upon a time; you would have known who grew your food and odds were good it was you.

Modern food systems can fling food all over the planet. But food lovers like Will Smith, our partner in a monthly food segment called Savor, work to connect local producers and consumers.

This month, Will introduces us to Michele Thorne, Program Assistant for the Oregon Pasture Network. OPN, a program of Friends of Family Farmers, helps connect people involved with pasture-based farming with consumers--and each other

Pork Rib Roast
Serves Six
5 lb. Rib Pork Roast
3 lbs. Fingerling Potatoes (halved)
2 Tbsp Chopped Rosemary
2 Heads of Garlic (cut crosswise)
¼ Cup Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • In a half sheet pan or small roasting pan , arrange the roast, surround with potatoes,and sprinkle rosemary all over.
  • Add garlic cut side up.
  • Drizzle with olive oil.
  • Season with Salt and Pepper.
  • Place in oven, for approximately 20 minutes per pound.

The most important part is the pork, be sure to buy from a reputable purveyor. You definitely want a pasture raised hog because it makes all the difference in flavor and you know the animal was raised humanely and responsibly. No supermarket pork.

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