Outside the village of Kilfenora, a few minutes from the Wild Atlantic Way, lies the small eco friendly, sustainable Burren Free Range Pork Farm.
On the farm, which is on the site of a well-preserved iron age ring fort, free range, rare breed pigs and beef cattle are reared and vegetables are grown. It’s a paradise for those who love easting healthy, clean food.
The farm’s ethos is to keep everything as natural as possible: no chemical fertilisers, pesticides, no tail docking, no teeth filing or crates for sows and most importantly – no addition of medication to the feed. The pigs have sheds with plenty of straw to shelter in when the weather is bad, but the doors are open so they can go outside whenever they like. Pigs LOVE grass and they spend time eating loads of it, getting most of the minerals and nutrients they need from the rich soil, herbs and grasses. ‘Pork to fork’ or ‘farm to plate’ have become popular expressions and this farm believes in the concept for the simple reason that they know exactly what the pigs have been fed and how they have been treated. When pigs are outside it allows them to develop a good hide which leads to a much better crackling when roasting… And when an animal is getting exercised it produces more red blood cells which are directly responsible for retaining moisture in the meat.
The farm’s award winning meats are of best quality pork and can be purchased at the farm and at local festivals. As members of the Burren Food Trail and the Unesco Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, the farm hosts food events during the summer months and invites guests to come and visit the farm by appointment. You can also choose to stay over night in the bespoke farm accommodation, which is a cosy converted horse truck. Enjoy a breakfast cooked with fresh farm produce.
For booking see: www.burrenglamping.com