Tradition with a Twist
Inspired by the regional cured hams of Europe, Tails & Trotters is the Pacific Northwest’s first signature pork producer using pigs finished on local hazelnuts.
Our Signature Secret
Tails & Trotters pork is mirrored after the famed Jamon Iberico from Spain, crafted from the pata negra or black‐footed Iberian pigs who roam the oak groves of south and southwest Spain feasting on acorns. Using the styles of this region, Tails & Trotters founder Aaron Silverman substituted hazelnuts for acorns and the result was the development of a distinctive Pacific Northwest prosciutto.
Studies have determined that pigs fattened on nuts produce meat with a higher percentage of healthy fats like scarce amino acids and unsaturated fats. The hazelnuts also increase flavor while producing the necessary intramuscular and subcutaneous fat cover necessary for prosciutto production.
Tails & Trotters partners with Pure Country Pork, a second‐generation family farm in Ephrata, Washington, whose larger clients include Puget Consumer Co‑Op and New Seasons. Pure Country Pork operates on a production system certified by the Food Alliance for sustainable practices and has third‐party verification for non‑GMO feeds. The pigs owned by Tails & Trotters begin in the same Food Alliance certified program as the pigs designated for New Seasons and Puget Consumer Co‑Op. Before reaching market size, our pigs are moved into a separate house and finished on hazelnuts sourced from family packer George Packing Co. in Newberg, Oregon.
Try It for Yourself
Tails & Trotters can be found in stores and restaurants nationwide. Our flagship store in Northeast Portland provides customers with everything from holiday hams to sweet Italian sausage and ground pork for the home cook. Come in and let us help you select the perfect items for your event or table!