Ossabaw Island Hogs
The Ossabaw Island Hogs are descendants of the famous Spanish Iberico hogs renowned for the most prized cured hams in the world-Jamón Ibérico. They were brought to Ossabaw Island off the coast of Georgia in the 1500's when Hernando De soto came to the American South. They remained pure on the island for years developing new characteristics as they adapted for survival on the barrier island; one being extremely high Omega 3's in their fat. They maintained the special meat quality of the Iberico hog and frequently win taste competitions. These pigs were nearing extinction due to an effort on Ossabaw island to eradicate them, but were brought to the mainland to be preserved for their distinct qualities. They are currently being kept and raised by a handful of small farmers throughout the country. To learn more see their Bio
New Town Farms maintains a small breeding herd of pure bread Ossabaw Island Hogs in our forestland. We butcher just a few every year which we sell to local chefs and at The Matthews Community Farmer's Market.