Family Hog Farm

Porktoberfest features local producers

Porktoberfest is here! In celebration of the farmers that contribute to PEI’s hog industry, Salty paid a visit to D & E Pork Inc. in Albany. D & E Pork is a multi-generational hog farm that was established in 1982. It is owned and operated by Patrick and Lisa Murray, who manage the farm alongside its original founders, Dale and Earlene Murray. This year they have 1250 sows on the farm and also grow potatoes, wheat, barley, corn, peas, soybeans, and hay.

May and October are their busiest times of the year with getting the crops in the ground and harvesting in the fall. “You typically won’t expect to see Dale or Patrick in for lunch or supper during those busy times,” Lisa said. “If you’d like to see them, you’d better head on out to the field and hop in the tractor for a few rounds!”

“People love food. People love bacon. Everyone is always happy to try something new, especially when it’s supporting the local farmers,” said Lisa, regarding Porktoberfest and its impact on the Island hog industry.

In addition to managing their farm, the Murrays are raising three young children: Quinn 4.5, Hudson 2.5, Reese 1.

About Shannon Courtney

Shannon is the co-founder of Salty and was its editor-in-chief for the publication's inaugural year. When she’s not writing about food, Shannon's either cooking, eating, talking, or thinking about it. Her food adventures have included milking a Jersey cow in Australia, almost overdosing on maple syrup in Prince Edward County, and studying local food systems in Vermont as part of her Master’s thesis research. Shannon is also a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and strongly believes you CAN make friends with salad.

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