Day 5 of my “30 Days of MN Agriculture” is the M and M Family Farms. Rachael Korman and her husband and brother-in-law farm together in the Wells/Alden area. The Kormans are a typical midwestern farm raising crops and pigs. There is also a recipe at the end with none other than a pork loin!
Tell me a little about your farm and/or business?
The partnership started by raising pigs farrow to finish. We had 500 sows and raised all of the pigs out to market weight. Currently, we buy pigs off of the open market and finish 30000 pigs a year. We run 1060 acres, where we grow corn.
How long have you farmed or been in business?
The M and M Farms was started in 2004.
Where do you sell or provide services to? Who is your end consumer?
We sell of our market ready pigs to Tyson in Waterloo Iowa. Our consumers are those who buy PORK in the grocery stores and restaurants.
The corn we raise goes back to feed the pigs we raise. All feed is mixed on our farm and then fed to the pigs.
What makes your farm/business unique or special? What are you proud of?
We are a family operation that is conscious about hiring local people and doing our business with other local businesses.
If there is one thing you could change about farming it would be . . .
I would love to see farming go back to the simple ways of the past. Every farmer had a few hundred acres and a little livestock. An operation could make it only having a little! I would also change it so that young people who had an interest in farming could get started on their own. Today, it is hard for those who do not have family backing or a family operation to even start thinking about making a career out of farming.
What is one thing you wish consumers knew about what you do or your farm/business?
Our family works hard to produce quality food for other people and their families. We work to ensure excellent animal health and take care of the land the best that we can all year around.
What is one thing no one knows about your farm/business/product that you would like to share?
We own all the pigs we raise.
What is your favorite Minnesota location?
A cornfield during harvest. Watching our boys enjoy and learn all the life lessons that go along with farm life.
- • 5 lbs Pork loin, roast
- • 2 cloves Garlic
- • 1 tsp Ginger
- • 1 tsp Thyme
- • 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
- • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
- • 1/3 cup Ketchup
- • 1 tbsp Mustard, dry
- • 1/4 cup Soy sauce
- • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- • 1/2 cup Brown sugar, dark
- • 3 tbsp Oil
- • 1 cup Coca-cola
- Mix all ingredients and place in slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 8 hours and then serve.