Rancho Llano Secco

Rancho Llano SeccoA taste is worth a thousand words.
Our love of local and sustainably-sourced food has inspired us to begin carrying Rancho Llano Seco Pork this month. This is pork like we have never tasted. Llano Seco has created a sense of place an terroir that is unique in the U.S. They have been raising their hogs how nature intended. And, they have a superior and tastier product to show for it.

For years, Rancho Llano Seco has been providing world-famous restaurants, like Chez Panisse, with some of the best-tasting pork in the world. This family-run company is now focusing on building on its existing relationships with high-end Northern Californian retailers like Piedmont Grocery.

Llano Seco responsibly raises their pigs.
Llano Seco pigs are insulated from harsh weather, allowed to root and socialize freely, encouraged to feed on a specially-grown, high-quality diet, and humanely slaughtered at a more mature age. This the meat to develop and mature naturally into an exceptionally flavorful pork.

About the rancho
Operating since 1861, Rancho Llano Seco is an original and in-tact Mexican land grant parcel on the banks of the Sacramento River that has been in Charlie Thieriot’s family for six generations. They preserve the richness of 17,000 acres of wild Californiasus while maintaining gentle land stewardship and a holistic approach to ranching.

In a fortunate twist of fate, their land has been kept remarkably similar to its original condition. Thierot’s ancestors weren’t farmers and didn’t live on the property, so they never exploited the resource to the degree of most farmland in our country. This evolved into intentional conservation until recent generations.

Now, over 50 percent of the ranch is under conservation easements with The Nature Conservancy, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and The Northern California Regional Land Trust.

Why pay more for pork?
We vote with our dollars. And, by purchasing pork from highly-sustainable producers like Llano Secco, we are supporting clean meat that has been farmed with the highest of sustainability standards out there.

If you care about the quality of life of the animal that became your meal, the land we all share, or the health of yourself and your family then you’ll consider the awesome deliciousness that is Llano Seco pork!

Currently, we are carrying these products:

Pork Loins
This is the center cut of the animal. We love cooking this slow and low to add extra complexity and flavor to your roast while it cooks.

Pork Chops
The Llano Secco pork chop is the shining star of their cuts: tender and flavorful. Whether on the grill, in the skillet, or in the smoker, you can’t choose a wrong way to cook it. The pork’s fat is supple and full of just as much, if not more, flavor than the meat…be sure not to cut it off before cooking!

Pork Belly
Cut into 2-inch squares, sear the fat, and finish slowly in the oven. Or dice into small pieces and add to the base of a tomato sauce. Or cut big cubes and quick cook over an open flame in a cast iron. Or add some spice and salt and cure your own Pancetta. However you fix it, pork belly is…an indispensable part of the larder.

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