Two years ago Jo decided to hang up her hat as a Social Worker in Child Protection, a decision that was shortly followed by the arrival of seven pigs in April 2017. By September of that year her seven pigs had become seventeen, in October, twenty three! She now has a herd of around fifty, some of which are small black pigs with prick ears & snub noses, similar to the Suffolk Small Black (now extinct).
As the herd grew, Jo decided to work full time at growing the business, with a little help from a PPI pay out and Andrew, her partner. She learnt how to butcher a pig and took on-line courses in catering and in March 2018 was given a 5 * rating for butchery.
Jo started trading in June 2018 and you can now find her at three Farmers Markets across Suffolk in Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury & Ipswich and, starting this week, you can meet Jo at Hadleigh Market when she has a stall on the FIRST Friday of every month.
Jo is a real traditionalist at heart and she has developed her butchery to reflect this. When the pig is butchered, half goes fresh to the market & the other half is either cured or made into sausages & faggots.
Her stall is always really busy at all the farmers markets she attends and we are absolutely delighted that she will be joining us at Hadleigh Market, on the first Friday of every month with her traditional cuts of pork. Please make sure you come along and meet Jo and learn about her pigs; it is an inspiring story and the people of Hadleigh are very lucky that Jo is going to be a part of their weekly market.
You can find Jo and her traditional pork at Bury St Edmund’s farmers’ market on the second Sunday of the month, at Sudbury farmers’ market on the last Friday of the month and at the brilliant new farmers’ market in Ipswich on the First Sunday of every month as well as at Hadleigh Market.