Mossycup Farms takes its name from the huge, old mossycup oaks covering the property. Also known as bur oak, the trees drop plenty of acorns with fringed caps that look like “mossy cups.”
Being connected to the food we eat is important to us. When we purchased our farm in 2015, our goal was to raise the highest quality food possible for our family and to teach our kids the importance of knowing where their food comes from. Mossycup Farms is small, and we like it that way. But it has produced well, and we are now happy to be able to offer our products for sale.
Our 10-acre farm just north of Clear Lake, Iowa, was originally a dairy farm. We’ve restored the pasture, buildings, and fencing and constructed a new home for our family.
Using certified organic feed and pasture grazing, we raise heritage breed pork; free-range geese, ducks, quail and chickens for meat and eggs. We produce amazing, pure-white lard for cooking and handmade lard soaps using my grandmother’s recipe.
Mossycup Farms offers products direct from the farm, online, and wholesale through restaurants and grocery stores.
Pasture Raised Pork
We raise two different breeds of heritage pork: Mangalitsa and Large Black Hogs. All of the pigs we harvest for meat are born and raised on our pasture in Clear Lake, Iowa and are never given any hormones or unnecessary antibiotics. Our pigs’ diet consists of certified organic feed, forage from our pasture and they are also happy to eliminate food waste by making scraps and leftovers disappear.
We purchased our first Mangalitsa pigs in 2015 and fell in love. The pigs are friendly, smart, perfectly suited to pasture life and the meat is out of this world. We take our time with these pigs and the reward is dark red, flavorful meat that is surrounded by creamy white fat. The Mangalitsa is renowned as having the highest quality meat and fat of any pig breed. If Mangalitsa lard isn’t already a cooking staple in your kitchen it needs to be.
We added Large Black Hogs to our breeding herd in 2016 and cannot say enough good things about their good nature, excellent mothering abilities and love of grazing. The Large Black Hog breed is known for quality meat, excellent bacon and large litter sizes. Our goal in adding the Large Black Hogs to our herd was to create a cross with our purebred Mangalitsa genetics and enjoy the best of both worlds. We could not be happier with the results!
Free Range Chickens
Because, what farm is complete without chickens running everywhere? We have a year round laying flock for eggs and also raise broiler chickens in the spring and summer. All of our chickens have free range of our farm and, when not foraging, enjoy a diet of certified organic feed.
Handmade Soaps & Seasoning Blends
“Old Lady” comes from the title of my Grandma’s handwritten recipe used to make soap on the farm in Southern Minnesota. All of our soaps are handmade right here on the farm using our own pasture raised lard, grass fed tallow and other organic and natural ingredients.
Our signature sausage recipes, made with organic and fair trade herbs, are available with custom shares and direct from the farm. Packaged seasoning blends now available online!