Okay…Okay… so I know I’m jumping the gun on apple season a bit, but I saw some early varieties of local apples available at a farm store last week that looked so crunchy and fresh. We also got some fabulous leeks from our CSA, and some forested ground pork from a local grass farm, which gave me the idea for these burgers. If I do say so, they’re amazing (not bragging or anything)! A perfect way of tying up the grilling season with something that is sweet, savory, memorable, and would pair oh so well with a harvest-style ale. After all, September is just around the corner!
Now, more on the pork. This isn’t a paid post, I just love gushing over the local farmers that are behind much of my cooking inspiration. I got my ground pork from Ledamete Grass Farm in Schnecksville, PA. Their little piggies are allowed to forage in field and forest and are given things like organic vegetables, buttermilk, and locally milled grains for their diet. Those are some happy pigs! Not to mention, they make for some exceptional cuts of meat. If you’re able to get your ground pork from a local grass farm, like Ledamete, it’s worth the extra effort in time for the taste, plus you’ll be supporting local agriculture!
On the note of local cooking inspiration, I’d LOVE to hear about your favorite farmers and what they raise or produce in the comments section below!