Address: 1513 Home Place Rd, Como MS 38619 / (662) 292-5808
About Us / Home Place Pastures, LLC History: In January, brothers Marshall and Jemison Bartlett set out to build a business on their family farm, the same farm that their family has worked for five generations dating back to 1870. But, they wanted to try something different, something they could produce and sell directly to neighbors, chefs and retailers, a product that would help folks simultaneously rediscover and create southern food. They wanted to begin with a product that symbolizes the richness of hill country culture, and embodies the creativity and resourcefulness of the Deep South. Naturally, they chose pork.
Not so long ago, most families living out in the country in north Mississippi used table scraps, left over feed, and whatever they could get their hands on to feed out a hog or two for killin’ time in November. Families would help each other dress and butcher the hog, and then share the bounty. Nothing was wasted: the bellies were cured and smoked for streak-o-lean, the fat back was used to season greens and veggies, and the skin was fried to make cracklings. The meat brought people together, and through cooperation and sharing, it also saw them through the winter.
Sadly, not many families are raising hogs these days. After the large processors left Mississippi, family hog operations had nowhere to sell their pigs, and the onslaught of cheap grocery store meat and fast food led people away from raising and butchering their own meat.
We believe that this tradition is too important to fall by the wayside. Nationally, renewed interest in sustainable food has created a local agriculture revolution, returning people to values of environmental stewardship and humane treatment. Here on our farm in north Mississippi, we can think of no better way to strengthen this revival than with the mighty swine. Smoke it, grill it, fry it, cure it, pickle it, even boil the chitterlings if you want- we are confident that after one bite of our pork, you’ll know that that the tradition lives on!