Bacon a Big Business for Ruby Fields

The Taranaki Farmers Market provided an ideal platform for Stephen and Helen Foreman to launch their business growing and supplying free range bacon.

That was four years ago and in that time the couple's Rubyfields business has grown to supply not only local butchers but also the Wilson Hellaby group of food companies in Auckland. Stephen and Helen both have farming backgrounds, growing up on dairy farms in Inglewood. For the past 25 years Stephen has also continued managing a family commercial piggery unit. Six years ago the couple took a step closer towards their goal of buying their own land to raise high quality free range sows for a niche market. A move from an eight acre lifestyle block to a 118 acre farm, 10 minutes south of New Plymouth, has allowed them to expand their business and branch into other livestock breeds.

Helen said the farm was quite run down when they bought it, and needed to be divided into smaller paddocks, fertilised, refenced and troughs installed.

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