Buffalo Spree Side Dish: T-Meadow Farm and Carmelo's

August 8, 2012 Updated Aug 8, 2012 at 7:46 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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August 8, 2012 Updated Aug 8, 2012 at 7:46 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Rich Tilyou may not have fully understood what he was getting himself into when he decided to buy a few foraging heritage breed hogs to clear some fields at his Lockport farm. Before he knew it, this local science teacher had become passionate about preserving rare hog breeds and the importance of raising animals on open pasture. His hobby quickly spiraled into a growing business. Currently, Tilyou's delicious chops and hams are sold at the Williamsville Farmers' Market every Saturday, and to local restaurants, where chefs who understand the quality of his product can really make it shine.

One such chef is Carmelo Raimondi of Carmelo's in Lewiston. At Carmelo's, Rich's pork, along with a good variety of other locally-sourced ingredients, are employed to prepare some of the region's finest plates.

Buffalo Spree magazine's food editor, Christa Glennie Seychew, made a trip out to the farm. She and Rich were joined by Chef Carmelo, who prepared one of his favorite dishes featuring T-Meadow Farm pork, delicious pork meatballs served in a rich broth with cannellini beans.

You can read more about T-Meadow Farm and Carmelo's online at BuffaloSpree.com.

T-Meadow Farm
3732 Ewings Road
Lockport, NY 14094
http://heritagebreedsusa.com

Carmelo's
425 Center Street
Lewiston, NY 14092
716-754-2311
www.carmelos-restaurant.com