"2 Lady Pig Farmers" has become our slogan. Whenever we get challenging things done on the farm, we give each other a high five and say with a smile "2 Lady Pig Farmers!".
We will be marketing our pork to restaurants under that name - well, minus the word "pig". We have morphed to "2 Lady Farmers" because we have discovered that the word "pig" on the menu may not be too appealing to some people.
We weren't planning on selling to restaurants because getting into the stores was our goal. Also because Amy and Glenn, from Shinsato Farm, were already doing a superb job of reaching that market. I'm sure many of you have come across their delicious pork at many fine restaurants. They have worked creatively and tirelessly to have such a great name and reputation for themselves. In the process, they have made so many positive strides for our pork industry.
The Shinsato's will be retiring from pig farming soon. In true character and form in their pride, passion, and professionalism, they wanted to make sure their valuable customers were taken care of and the use of locally raised pork would continue. They approached us to see if they could share our contact information with their customers. Soon after, the Shinsato's met with us and took us around to meet their customers which were wonderful experiences. The Shinsato's continue to take us to meet people, share their life lessons as farmers, and mentor us in marketing our product. They are so generous to us. We are so grateful to them!
We are so humbled yet so blown away by what the Shinsato's are doing. We asked why they chose us to introduce to their customers. They gave a few reasons - we raise our pigs in a similar fashion feeding all grain, we are already doing something different by selling to Foodland, the meat cutters at Higa Foods said our carcasses were nice, and Amy added that she likes that we're women farmers. We are extremely grateful and excited for the opportunity that the Shinsato's are providing for us. There is no way that 2 Lady Farmers will ever replace or even try to replace the Shinsato's. We will, however, provide the best quality pork possible, continue our predecessor's reputation, and work hard at making locally raised pork a delicious option at your local eateries.
UPDATE - the Shinsato's are officially retired from pig farming. It's an honor and privilege to get to know them more as friends and mentors. It's been quite a bitter sweet experience being able to witness their farming career come to an end. We're thankful that they've entrusted us with some of their breeding stock so that they're bloodline may continue. The Shinsato's are far from retiring from working and we're excited for what the future holds for their new endeavors. The adventures continue with them...
A special Mahalo to YOU, the customer, who supports local farms. We appreciate you for ordering items off the menu that are locally raised and produced products. We appreciate you for creating fabulous dishes using locally raised and produced products. We appreciate you for making sure your restaurant has a farm to table philosophy. We appreciate you for buying local. It really does matter!
Restaurant & Eateries where you can find our product on their menus: Koha Foods - please call prior to going as many times they sell out. KCC Farmer's Market (through 6/1/19). Mililani Farmer's Market (starting 6/2/19) Fete Hawaii Basalt at Duke's Lane Market & Eatery Kalapawai Café in Kailua & Kapolei Town Kaimuki Superette Mud Hen Water Mahina and Suns D.K. Steakhouse Waikiki Goofy Waikiki Vino Hawaii Kokua Kalihi BLT Market BLT Steakhouse Chef Mavro The Nook Rokaru in PearlCity Farm to Fork Manoa Diamond Head Luau Heavenly Waikiki Arancino at the Kahala The Surf Jack Waikiki Grondin in Chinatown Brew'd Hawaii Naniwaya Ramen REAL Gastropub Roots Cafe Koko Head Cafe Hula Grill Pioneer Saloon Morning Glass The Food Company The Surf Jack Hotel Food Solutions Sheraton Waikiki Aloha Table Henry Loui's 12th Ave Grill The Food Company Alohilani Restaurant Zigu Scratch Kitchen Kaimana Farm Cafe