Inspired by the regional cured hams of Europe, Tails & Trotters is the Pacific Northwest’s first signature pork producer developed from pork finished on local hazelnuts. 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 resources of this region, co-owner and founder Aaron Silverman substituted hazelnuts for acorns and the result was the development of a distinctive variety of 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 in both the fat and meat while producing the necessary intramuscular and subcutaneous (under the skin) fat cover necessary for prosciutto production—the main long-term objective for Tails & Trotters.
Tails & Trotters partners with Pure Country Pork in Ephrata, Washington, a second-generation family farm whose larger clients include Puget Consumer Coop 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 Coop. Before reaching market size, the Tails & Trotters pigs are moved into a separate house and finished on hazelnuts sourced from family packer George Packing Co, in Newberg, Oregon. Aaron developed this finishing system himself on his farm just outside of Eugene, Oregon.
Tails & Trotters pork can be found in stores and restaurants nationwide. Their flagship store, located in Northeast Portland provides customers with everything from holiday hams to sweet Italian sausage and even ground pork for the home cook. Come in and see the prosciuttos hanging as they age to perfection, just as they do in neighborhood butcher shops in Europe.