If you haven’t seen a happy pig, you need to visit the Geisert farm! Located on 4851 Old Hwy 100, just one mile east of Fifth Street, this family-owned farm still operates like in the old days. Naturally raised pigs are free to roam the farmlands of Washington, today, as they did in 1916. Fifth-generation farmer Todd Geisert has found the perfect balance between old and new, raising his pigs the traditional way, but also embracing modern technology to market the fruits (or bacon) of his labor. While he was giving us a tour of the fields, he didn’t miss the opportunity to snap some pictures and post them on his Facebook page
Todd Geisert with the baby pigs, or kids, as he calls them. The farmer claims that pigs are a lot like humans. The babies are curious and carefree, while the market hogs are much like teenagers – they act like they know it all, while they don’t. However, the older the pigs get, the grumpier they become.
These adorable babies, napping under the sun, are blissfully unaware that they will be bacon in just a couple of months. However, until then they will live the happy life: eat, sleep and play in the mud. The market hogs stay on the farm for six months and then they go on their inevitable journey ending in your plate.
All pigs have different personalities, but swines can be very protective if they hear their youngsters squeal. Todd got attacked by three angry moms last year, and he still has some scars that remind him to be extra careful around the baby pigs.
Stand out of the crowd. What makes Geisert’s farm such a success is Todd’s modern marketing approach. He constantly updates the Farm’s website and Facebook page, and offers his products to local stores and restaurants. Apart from the roadside stand on the farm, his burgers and sausages can be found in L & F Foods in Washington and K & R Market in Marthasville, as well as many grocery stores in Saint Louis. For a complete list, please visit http://www.toadspigs.com.
Looking for more than ribs and bacon? Whole and half hogs are available for custom butchering allowing you to choose how your hog is cut. Want to have a party to remember? Geisert Hogs are also available for “Whole Hog Pig Roasts” varying in weight to accommodate any size party.
As a new generation farmer, Todd does business on his phone, standing in the middle of the field. He tends to the pigs from dawn till dusk, making sure they have enough food and water to last throughout the day. When the hogs see him, they run to greet him, hoping to get an extra helping.
Geisert’s Farm has been in the family for nearly a century. The operation is virtually self-sustainable and relies on the symbiosis principle. Most of the corn used for feed is grown on the farm, and the pigs provide the best organic fertilizer. Every six months the four-legged inhabitants are moved to a different part of the farm, where a crop was harvested the season before to help enrich the soil anew.
Taking full advantage of the land by rotating pigs and crops, Todd Geisert grows not only corn, but also a lot of produce. From early spring till late fall and early winter you can find all kinds of vegetables at his roadside stand. Working hours? As Todd says, if the sun is up, the stand is open.
Open 365 days a year, Geisert’s self-service roadside stand operates on the honor principle. The prices of the produce and the pork are written neatly on a dry erase board, and there is a calculator and some pieces of paper to help you figure out how much you owe. In a time when everybody locks their front door, it is nice to see that there is some trust left in the human nature.
Curious what you can find at this time of year at the stand? We got the Ham Sausage and the Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Links, and we loved them! Todd says that his most popular item in Washington are the Pork Burgers, while the restaurants in Saint Louis can’t sell enough of his Brat Burgers. He caters to the different tastes and comes up with new products all the time.
Todd Geisert, the man behind the pigs who continues to grow the family farm by striking the golden mean between old farming practices and new marketing technologies.
Next time you are on Old Hwy 100, don’t pass the Geisert sign by! Stop, take a look at the pigs rolling around in the mud, and get yourself a nice thick pork chop raised right here, in Washington!
Todd Geisert Farms is located on 4851 Old Hwy 100 Washington, Missouri 63090. You can call Todd at 314.791.6942 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Farms’ website here for a full list of the products that they offer and the locations you can buy Todd’s pork from. Don’t forget to like their Facebook page to stay updated on all the current events at the farm and the new edible innovations.