Local Organic farmer James Maguire has just launched a range of Organic Sausages which will be available in your local Supervalu in Ballinamore and Carrick-on-Shannon from Friday, May under the label Maguire’s 5.
The sausages come from Tamworth cross pigs which are an indigenous Irish Breed and are certified by Organic Trust Ltd. The pigs are reared outdoors and are fed on a diet which is fully organic and contains no GMO’s or preservatives.
The slower growing nature of these rare breed pigs allowed to wallow outside on a natural diet, gives the sausages a distinct texture and flavour that is quite different from the mass produced competition. The sausages are being made by Robert Richardson Craft Butcher in Newtowngore from a special recipe.
Given the recent scare around horsemeat in burgers it is important to state that all ingredients are fully traceable back to the source and that the sausages contain at least 85% pork. James is quite happy to talk to customers about how he rears his pigs and how animal welfare is paramount right throughout the life of the animal.
The 50 acre farm is run by James in conjunction with his wife Martina and assisted by their five sons. He keeps sows, sheep, cattle, poultry and a pony.
In addition the Oarsman in Carrick-on-Shannon will shortly be featuring a range of James’ pork sausages on their menu as well as other cuts such as Loin of Pork, Pork Belly, Shanks and Trotters. The new head chef Shawn is eager to work with this premium local product.
James would like to acknowledge the support he has recieved from Leitrim Development Company and Leitrim Organic Farmers Co-op in developing this new venture.
James will be available at the tasting in SuperValu Ballinamore on Friday May 3 from 11am.
A quick tasty way to enjoy these sausages are to put them in a small roasting tin mix 2 tbsp of red currant jelly with 1 tsp of lemon juice and spoon it over the sausages. Roast in the oven at 190c for 35 mins turning halfway through. Serve with mash and selection of vegetables.