The farmer who changed my eating life.

Hillacres Pride has been selling their products at The Collingswood Farmers’ Market since 2006.  They started with cheese.  And then a little ground beef.  They gradually added their family grown farm products so that today they sell over 40 dairy products (no milk…Not in NJ!), over 45 beef products, over 25 pork products, 15 different sausages (from breakfast sage to chorizo to kielbasa), over a dozen chicken products, eggs, and a host of prepared products like meatballs, mac & cheese, beef BBQ, and cheese crackers!

Hillacres  Jerseys is the name of the family farm from which Hillacres Pride sprung.  Tom’s family had the farm first.  Then Tom married Mandy.  Tom and Mandy wanted to stay on the farm and raise their family.  They needed to add income to keep everyone together.  Cheese was the first and most obvious answer.  Jersey milk is high in protein and makes excellent cheese (according to Mandy)!  And so Mandy’s husband Tom dubbed their venture their pride….Hillacres Pride.

After cheese production came beef (cattle takes two years to raise) and then pork (pigs take seven months raise).  Tom and Mandy added a pasteurizer and processing plant in 2009, which helped to expand their cheese line.  And finally they added chickens.

I have purchased Hillacres Pride products since the first time they appeared with their cheese at The Collingswood Farmers Market.  I ventured into ground beef shortly after that.  And I haven’t looked back.

The first time I bit into a burger made from Hillacres Pride grass-fed beef I was five years old again.  (And that was a long time ago)!  This was what beef tasted like.  I remember.  Yes, beef should taste rich and buttery and full of flavor!

Hillacres Pride has a winter program.  Once a month, on a Saturday,  from December through April,  Judy (Mandy’s mom) and Roland (Mandy’s dad) set up shop for preorders items only in nearby Haddonfield.  I am proud to say that I am one of the two people who made up the first year of the winter program.  Now there are many, many winter people.  One simply signs up, orders online when the email reminder comes, and spend a minimum of $25.  Easy to do.

I no longer buy my meats from a supermarket or even a butcher.  I buy from Hillacres Pride.  And that has changed my eating life all for the better.

 

Links to some of my recipes using Hillacres Pride products.

Stuffed peppers
Quick collards with bacon
Elegant beets stacked with feta and peston fresh cheese
Asparagus chicken stir fry
Smoked Boston Butt and Hash (for two)
Chicken fingers and easy chicken parm
Slow cooker chicken paprikas
Pork chops with apples, leeks, and sweet potatoes
Prepared meals you can buy from Hillacres Pride
The best hot dog you’ve never hear of…Italian Style
Another smoked Boston butt
Johnny Marzetti….I love him!
Breakfast for dinner….BACON!
Stuffed Cabbage!
Chicken noodle soup…
Good for what ails you soup with a chicken and beef knuckle
Fresh Ham
Whole chicken in a slow cooker…just like rotisserie chicken, but easier to make
Sheet pan chicken and vegetables
Hamburger vegetable soup.
filet mignon with maitake mushrooms

Thank you Mandy, Tom, Judy, Roland …and the rest of the family!

Hillacres Pride website

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