More notes from Iowa: La Quercia report
Sunday's New York Times Magazine featured a great story by Christine Muhlke on La Quercia prosciutto and the Iowa couple who make it, Herb and Kathy Eckhouse. Click here to read it. I got to know the Eckhouses when I wrote a profile of them in 2007, and Herb's been keeping me posted about his Acorn Edition ever since. When I e-mailed to send congrats on more good press, he sent back this progress report:
"We brought in 88 acorn-fed pigs this year. Our organic Prosciutto Green Label got rave reviews at the San Francisco Fancy Food Show -- this meat comes from Jude Becker's farm. We're close to finishing our addition [to the factory]. It gives us more room to manage the aging of our prosciutto and to make more of our new meats -- rolled pancetta and coppa. We're proud to live in the state that gave Barack Obama his first victory on the way to the presidency."
Politics being second only to pigs on the priority list of many Iowans. Here's a picture Herb sent along, which shows "some of almost everything we make."
La Quercia, 400 Hakes Drive, Norwalk, Iowa. (515) 981-1625. www.laquercia.us.
-- Amy Scattergood
Photo: Courtesy of La Quercia.