A Grand Fundo Pig's Tale

Story by Vicky Sama

Above photo by Meg McMahon

This year's Fundo pig is a Mangalitsa, a rare heritage breed, raised by owner Cosimo Ferrante at Hilltown Grazers, a local farm on the Fundo route in Goshen, Mass. 

"These guys are rad and totally groovy, and the pig is going to be really yummy," said JAM Fund's Mukunda Feldman, who will be cooking the pig over an open pit hours before Saturday's Grand Fundo.

 

 The Mangalista pig, also known as Wooly pig, gets a good shaving before going to the abattoir. Photo from Hilltown Grazers.

The Mangalista pig, also known as Wooly pig, gets a good shaving before going to the abattoir. Photo from Hilltown Grazers.

The pig roast has been an ongoing tradition as part of the post-ride meal at the Grand Fundo. The Mangalista is a hardy and delicious pork with a marbled deep red color. 

"Our pig had been enjoying a life of leisure and the awesome Fundo views up until last week," Feldman said. "The meat has been resting and will be ready for us on Saturday."

Hilltown Grazers feeds its pigs a special diet of locally-sourced vegetables, chickpeas, granola and grain, which is like raising pigs the old fashioned way. Fundo riders will taste the delicious difference.

For more information on the Fundo wooly pig, check out Hilltown Grazers at 86 Spruce Corner Road in Goshen, and tell 'em JAM Fund sent you!