Wild About Game 2013 Recap
Some nice press
Once again our annual customer appreciation event/trade show/party has come to a close. We heard many rumblings that it may have been the best year yet. Some great recaps of the event hit news sites. See the links below.
MEAT, GREET, AND SKEET
Welcome to Nicky Farm
In case you missed Meat, Greet and Skeet there is been quite a bit of coverage.
Bizarre Foods at Nicky USA
Andrew Zimmern and Bizarre Foods Visits PDX
We were honored to be featured in the Portland Episode of Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre foods. Zimmern followed a locally raised Nicky Farms Roosevelt Elk from our butcher shop to the kitchen at Lincoln. You can catch reruns on the Travel Channel, or check out stills from the episode, and Zimmern's top 5 moments on their website.
Nicky Farms Sausage in Oregon Wine Press
Pasture to Plate
We had a great time introducing our sausage to Oregon Wine Press at Landmark Tavern in Southeast Portland. They wrote some lovely things about us, and our sausage line.
"Nicky Farms’ interest in this animal and its other wild siblings reflects a non-commercialized enthusiasm for sustainability and terroir. Much like a winemaker prides himself in showcasing the unique flavor personality of a site’s soil, exposure, climate, etc., Nicky Farms is fastened to the quality and taste inherent in not just the animal but its entire context."
Read the full article online!
The Nicky Farm
Nicky USA has purchased a certified Organic farm in Aurora, OR. We will work towards increasing our selection of animals for top chefs across the Northwest. Nicky USA will grow rabbits, game birds, and other unique animals using humane and sustainable practices. The purchase marks a return to owner Geoff Latham’s roots as a farmer, and distinguishes Nicky USA as the only NW meat distributor to also grow their own meat.
The 35.9-acre Nicky Farm is located on the Pudding River. The farm, a diamond in the rough, which was once used for growing hops and cattle is a perfect fit for Nicky. It’s home to flocks of wild geese, coveys of quail, a century old farmhouse and a barn similar to one that already appears on the Nicky Farms logo. The first animals to be raised on the farm will be their keystone protein—rabbit.
In 1991 Geoff Latham began selling locally grown rabbits to chefs across Portland. These chefs encouraged him to carry more hard-to-find proteins, and Nicky USA gained a reputation for providing specialty, high quality meat and game for their customers. “I am lucky to have established my business in a place with some of the nation’s best chefs and locavores who are excited about locally grown high quality protein; because of them I am now able to fulfill my life-long dream of growing my own meat on my own farm.”
In an effort to provide more high quality, responsibly grown products Nicky USA launched their “Nicky Farms” brand in 2009. The brand marks game meats grown by sustainable, family-owned farms across the Northwest. Now, in addition to processing, marketing and selling Nicky Farms products, Nicky USA will join their family farmers in growing their own meat for the Nicky Farms label.
In addition to acting as a working farm, Nicky USA will host chefs and interested persons for farm dinners, hunting trips, boating on the river and tours of the property, with the goal of deepening the connection between the farm and tables across the Northwest. An open house is planned for summer 2013.