There’s a lot that goes into making food that’s truly healthy for human beings, humane for the animals, and doesn’t harm the planet in the process. For those who care deeply about the food they eat and the producers they support, here’s more information about our products and the food industry at large.
What breed of pigs do you use for your pork products?
Our pigs are all heritage varieties, predominantly Berkshire, Red Wattle, and Herefords. These are all breeds that have not had the flavor breed out of them like the modern pigs in most Big Pig operations. We also select for pigs for their ability to graze forages and get part of their diet from pasture.
Are your sticks Gluten Free?
Yes, all of the ingredients are free of gluten. However, they do not have a third party “gluten-free” certification.
Why is it important to buy meat that is free of antibiotics?
Conventional pork is grown by by concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) that can produce a lot of food at a low cost. (CAFOs are also often referred to as ”factory farms.”) The animals spend their entire lives indoors, crowded together. Antibiotics are given daily, not only to kill bacteria, but also because they promote faster growth in the pigs. The routine use of antibiotics in pigs is contributing to creating antibiotic-resistant bacteria that affects both pigs and humans. This can create “superbugs” that transfer from hogs to people. For example, MRSA infections, a problem in hospitals, have been traced back to pig factory to CAFOs. Seventy percent of antibiotic use in this country is for agriculture, not for humans. While doctors and scientists have been concerned about antibiotic resistance for years, the evidence is increasing—we must do something now, before the “superbugs” render most antibiotics useless. The United Nations General Assembly met in September 2016 for a high-level meeting specifically on the topic of antimicrobial resistance, “to commit to fighting antimicrobial resistance together.” Dr. Margaret Chan of the World Health Organization said, “The emergence of bacterial resistance is outpacing the world’s capacity for antibiotic discovery. You can choose to protect one of the most important tools in medicine—choose antibiotic-free meat.
Where do you ship?
Anywhere in the United States. Additional charges apply for Alaska and Hawaii.
How long will my Roam Sticks last?
Refer to the “BEST BY” date on your stick. The shelf life is 6 to 9 months from manufacture. A “Slim Jim” like product will have a shelf life of a year or more, but they use a lot of preservatives and chemicals to achieve that. We decided to go with the traditional preservation methods of natural fermentation and real, wood smoke. The shelf life is shorter this way, but we believe it is better for your health.
When will I get my order?
We ship our (Salami, Snack Sticks) Monday-Wednesday.
Most orders received by 12 PM CST on Monday-Wednesday will be sent out that same day. Orders received Thursday-Sunday will ship out the following Monday.
For orders placed on Wednesday: If the courier estimates more than a 2-day transit time, we may hold your order until the following Monday to ensure it will not sit in a shipping warehouse over the weekend.
Do you offer free shipping?
Yes! Shipping is free for orders of $50 or more with standard shipping.
What is your return policy?
We want you to purchase with confidence so we offer a 45-day money-back guarantee. Singing Pastures values our community, and we are committed to providing you with the best product and customer service we can. If you aren't satisfied with your experience with us, we will give you a full refund of the product price (less shipping and handling fees). Please use our contact form to let us know the reason for the return. Be sure to select the “Request a Refund” topic in the pull down menu. Then send the empty or unused portion of your product order back to us at:
PO Box 535, Damariscotta, ME 04543
We must receive your return within 45 days of your billing date for the refund to apply. All charges are fully refundable (less shipping and handling fees).
Please note we cannot accept returns or offer refunds on products that have spoiled due to improper storage on your part. Please view our FAQs on Roam Sticks and the Artisanal Charcuterie for proper storage instructions.
I’m interested in becoming a partner or qualify for wholesale pricing. How do I reach you?
If you are interested in purchasing wholesale or becoming a partner, please contact us at John@singingpastures.com
What is the difference between “natural pork” and “pasture-raised pork”?
The USDA defines natural as: A product containing no artificial ingredient or added color and is only minimally processed. That means “natural pork” can still be fed conventional GMO grain, kept inside in a confinement facility, and be given antibiotics and growth stimulants. You really have to ask specifically how the pig was raised and what it ate if you want to know the details. Our pigs are raised outdoors on grass. Pasture-based pigs can wallow, frolic, and express their “pigginess.” We choose to use non-GMO supplemental feed rather than conventional GMO feed. (All pigs get some supplemental feed, it is not possible to raise a pig only on a grass.) The supplemental non-GMO feed our farmers provide is more expensive than conventional GMO grain, but we think it is worth it. Whenever possible, our pigs are also provided with produce, like pumpkins and apples.
How long do I need to keep a subscription?
Subscriptions are a minimum of three purchases. The
first order is 15% off, and the subsequent orders are 10% off. After 3
billing cycles you can cancel your subscription.
What if I don't want a subscription every month?
Do you use nitrates?
Yes, there is a lot of misunderstanding around this topic and we'd like to help bring some clarity. Nitrates come in many forms and if you eat bacon, hot dogs, ham, salami you are eating nitrates, even if the label says uncured or no nitrates added. The good news is meat products are a small portion of your daily nitrate intake, the majority of the nitrates we consume come vegetables.
Why is there an ammonia smell on the salami?
Our products are alive, they have an internal and external biome. The mold on the outside off gasses ammonia and can get tacky, this increases with high temp and high humidity. If it is starting to occur leave the salami unwrapped in the fridge for 24 hours it will dry it out a bit.
Is celery juice powder nitrate-free?
Chemical fertilizers with nitrates are spread on fields, celery is grown on these fields and absorbs these nitrates. The celery is harvested and juiced, this juice is dried and you have celery juice powder with high levels of "naturally" occurring nitrates. This powder is approved by USDA and is labeled as “celery juice powder”, “celery juice extract” or even “natural flavors.” So if you see these items on your ingredients list and think your buying nitrate free, think again! We prefer transparency with our customers and the carbon footprint associated with using the earth as a vehicle for laundering nitrates is far greater than adding precise amount of nitrate directly to a meat product you are trying to cure.
Why is there mold on my salami? Do I need to peel off the casing?
Like the best Old-World artisans, we allow each stick of salami to cure slowly and naturally for the most intense flavor development. All of our salami are enclosed in natural casings that are inoculated with a harmless white mold to help in the aging process. It is a harmless strain, similar to the mold found on cheese. Peel the casing, slice and serve.
How much fat, protein, and carbs do your salami have?
Here is the breakdown: Red Wine: 45 calories, 7 g fat, 6 g protein, 0 g carb, and 265 mg sodium. Fennel: 45 calories, 7 g fat, 6 g protein, 0 g carb, and 265 mg sodium. Spanish Chorizo: 45 calories, 7 g fat, 6 g protein, 0 carb, and 265 mg sodium.
How should I store my salami?
We recommend keeping it refrigerated. The shelf life is about 6 months.
What is lactic acid starter culture? Does it contain dairy?
The sugars used to create this lactic acid can be derived from beets or dextrose. The lactic acid starter culture is not derived from wheat or dairy and do not contain any milk or milk protein. Therefore, the products are still considered to be lactose and casein free.
Do you have a Roam Stick that is free of all sweeteners?
Bacon sticks are 0 grams of carb, and Pineapple and Jalapeno Sticks have 1 gram of carb. The process of fermentation requires there be some type of sweetener present for the beneficial bacteria to eat. We provide organic cassava root (as dextrose) for the probiotic bacteria used in Roam Sticks to eat. Most of the sugar is eaten by the bacteria during the fermentation process
What is the casing made out of and how is it different than other snack sticks?
The casing for Roam Sticks is made out of beef collagen. Roam Sticks exclusively uses dye-free collagen casings. This is important because red dye is considered an industry standard for snack stick collagen casings. That means other sticks can have red dye in the casing, and it will NOT be listed on the ingredients. If a snack stick or sausage looks unnaturally red, it probably has red dye, even if you don’t see it written anywhere on the label.
How do you make Roam Sticks shelf-stable?
Roam Sticks use the traditional, artisanal process of natural fermentation and smoking to make our sticks shelf-stable. Other companies use encapsulated citric acid (which contains a hydrogenated oil) and chemical smoke to preserve their sticks. This means with Roam Sticks you get the health benefits of a probiotic food, rather than the health damaging effects of hydrogenated oils.
How much fat, protein, and carbs do Roam Sticks have?
For our Roam Sticks, here is the breakdown: Hickory Smoked Pork with Uncured Bacon: 100 calories, 9 g fat, 4 g protein, 0 g carb, and 240 mg sodium. Hickory Smoked Pork with Pineapple: 70 calories, 5 g fat, 5 g protein, 1 g carb, and 230 mg sodium. Jalapeno: 100 calories, 8 g fat, 4 g protein, 1 g carb, 240 mg of sodium.
How should I store my Roam Sticks?
It’s best to store your product in a cool, dry place such as a shelf or pantry. Don’t store them in a hot car for days on end. Do not keep your sticks sitting out unrefrigerated after opening. Our sticks are not designed for storage once you open the package and expose them to the air.
What is so different about Roam Sticks’ pork?
We focus on the most important ingredient, the meat. We guarantee that our pork is pasture raised, non-GMO, antibiotic free, free of growth stimulants (like ractopamine), and from small family farms in the United States. By focusing on non-GMO, pasture raised animal production, we create better-tasting pork while utilizing sustainable farming practices. This type of farming is better for the pigs, the environment, and makes a healthier snack for you and your family.
Can I get a sample for free?
We would love to give away free things, but as a young, family-owned business, we are working hard to grow and aren’t quite at the give-away stage. Keep supporting Roam Sticks and help us get to that point!
What is ractopamine and why don’t you feed it to pigs?
The growth stimulant, ractopamine, is administered in most conventional factory farms to make pigs put on lean muscle mass more quickly. Ractopamine belongs to a class of drugs, beta-agonists, that has been adapted for animal use when it was shown to boost growth rates. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved ractopamine for use on pigs after just one human health study—an evaluation of six young, healthy men, one of whom dropped out because his heart began racing and pounding abnormally. Three years later, the FDA sent ractopamine sponsor a 14-page letter, accusing the company of withholding information about the drug’s “adverse animal drug experiences” and “safety and effectiveness.” Shortly thereafter, the FDA required drug manufacturers to add this warning label: “Ractopamine may increase the number of injured and/or fatigued pigs during marketing. Not for use in breeding swine.” Ractopamine has been banned in 160 countries, including China and Russia because of concern about its effects’ on human health. So, even though it is a common practice to feed it to conventional pigs, we just don’t think it’s a good idea. All of Singing Pastures’’ pork is 100% ractopamine free.