Family connection remains key for “Piggy in the Middle”
Piggy in the Middle
Raised on family farms and with a shared partnership for their "Piggy in the Middle" business, cousins Dean and Mason Mayne have a great appreciation and understanding for land, animals and agriculture. The Mayne boys are passionately involved in every aspect of their family owned and operated business, with extended family always lending a helping hand with their generations of farming knowledge, including a weekly, motivational call from their grandfather to ensure that the boys are still working hard.
Dean Mayne, his wife, Kate, and their three children reside on the Gympie side of Kilkivan, where they own 168 acres of the "Piggy in the Middle Business." Dean had the opportunity to partake in an apprenticeship as a butcher, and later completed salami/small goods courses. Mason Mayne, his wife, Krystal, and their 3 children, reside on the Goomeri side of Kilkivan, where they are on 90 acres of the "Piggy in the Middle," business. Mason has been involved with holistic grazing management for several years and has completed stock handling and grazing management courses.
Together, both Mayne boys and their families work passionately to produce great tasting, naturally flavoured pork, lamb, chicken and eggs, while also regenerating their land. As sixth generation farmers, including a mix of cattle, grain and dairy farming, the boys are intricately involved in each aspect of the process from paddock to plate. They breed, grow, butcher, and sell directly to their customers, every Sunday through the Noosa Farmers Market. Freshly butchered each week, the one thing their customers love most about their "Piggy in the Middle," meats, besides the great, fresh and juicy taste, is the assurance that the Mayne animals are ethically and sustainably raised. "Piggy in the Middle" animals are grazed in a free range, rotational system. The heritage breed pigs and self-shedding sheep are moved around the Mayne farms, grazing the natural pastures, followed by chickens who scratch, aerate, and fertilise the land, eating all parasites left behind. This process insures that all meats remain free from chemicals, hormones, antibiotics and pesticides.
This season, "Piggy in the Middle," is offering beautifully wood-smoked bacon and ham. For their customers who are looking for something different, a flavourful lamb ham is sure to delight the taste buds. Each week, their stall offers a wide variety of different cuts of pork and lamb. With much anticipation, the Mayne meat chickens are just only weeks away from making their debut, along with fresh eggs, straight from the hen. In addition to their pristine and tasty cuts of meat, "Piggy in the Middle" offers fresh produce that is grown year round, and there is no doubt that they will always have something fresh and delicious to cook up. Visit them this Sunday at the Noosa Farmers’ Market, for a taste of what’s to come this season.