Free Happy Farm Video, Bacon Review, and Recipe for Sausage Gravy

Joel and Kristina Gindo warmly welcomed us to their farm in Elkton, SD and introduced us to their puppy Mia, and multiple cats, chickens, and pigs.

I am excited to begin offering pastured pork on Glory Garden!  

Joel Gindo at Free Happy Farm raises his pigs the old fashioned way, allowing them to wallow in the mud, forage in the weeds outside, and seek shelter within their spacious barn when needed. These pigs are truly free and happy!

They have unlimited access to a grain mix and fresh water. They are completely hormone and antibiotic free.

Joel selects three heritage breeds with desirable characteristics to produce meat of superior quality. We believe you will taste the difference!

Unlike commercial pigs that give birth in farrowing crates that are so small the mama pig can't even turn around, Joel allows his sows the freedom to move and raise their piglets without being confined at all. 

We brought home 2 packages of pork from Free Happy Farm to sample- bacon and ground pork.

The bacon had a generous amount of fat that impressed my husband.  He said the light amount of seasoning allowed the natural pork flavor to shine through, resulting in a more natural tasting bite of bacon.  I think the picture speaks for itself as to the goodness of this bacon!

I used the ground pork to make sausage gravy on sourdough biscuits.  While browning the meat, I found the meat yielded a thin shimmer of fat in the pan- just enough to keep it from sticking, but not enough to drain off.  This recipe was a delicious way to use the ground pork. 

Begin by combining the spices and salt in this homemade sausage seasoning mix.  (This recipe will make enough seasoning for several pounds of ground meat.) Then proceed with the recipe for sausage gravy below.

Sausage Seasoning

(Originally from Heavenly Homemakers)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp marjoram
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 4 tsp basil
  • 4 tsp sage
  • 4 tsp thyme
  • 4 tsp salt

Mix and store in an airtight container.

Use 1 1/2 T of seasoning per 1 lb of meat.  Add the seasoning before browning the meat. 

Sausage Gravy

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 1/2 T. homemade sausage seasoning
  • 2 T. flour
  • 2 cups milk

Heat a medium sized skillet and add the ground pork.  Sprinkle with sausage seasoning and cook until done. 

Add the flour and cook for about 1 minute. 

Stir in 1 cup milk and stir till thickened.  Add the remaining 1 cup milk and continue to cook until thickened.  

Serve over biscuits, toast, or waffles.

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