28 November 2022

Riverina Made: First-generation farmers at Stockinpiggle deliver from farm to plate

| Chris Roe
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Christmas Ham

Stockinpiggle hams come straight from Jason’s farm via his butchery. Photo: Supplied.

Who are you and what is your business? Jason Bates and our business is Stockinpiggle Farm Produce at Stockinbingle.

Where did you begin? Well, I guess the idea for our business began when I was living on the Central Coast when I was 15 and I had a couple of pigs. My partner Samantha and I are first-generation farmers. I went to Ag College and when we decided we wanted to farm for ourselves we started looking for a place and started growing pigs in August 2017.

What do you produce? Our main product is pork and then we’ve also got chickens that we grow seasonally on the farm, and we do some lamb and beef. We do everything outdoors and everything’s grass-fed, although the pigs and the chickens get supplemental rations as well.

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Where can we buy your products? We supply a couple of butchers in Melbourne and Sydney, but in the Riverina you can go through us at Stockinpiggle in Cootamundra. Just give us a call or an email. You can come into the shop or we can deliver all around the Riverina.

What should we buy for gifts this Christmas? We’ve nearly reached a quota of hams, but of course you can’t beat a nice pork roast and crackling on Christmas! You could go for some bacon in the morning and sausages, we’ve got sausages with all sorts of different flavours and we make all of ours preservative free and gluten-free sausages as well. There’s also a lot of small goods that you can put on biscuits. Cabana, pepperoni and things like that.


Jason and Samantha are first-generation farmers after setting up at Stockinbingle in 2017. Photo: Supplied.

What’s your favourite product that you make? I do like the cabana that we make and also I really like a nice full pork rack. It looks really good on the table if you’re having a Christmas party with nice crackle and they are easy to cut.

What would you make if you could do anything? The next branch we’re looking at will take a little time before we do this, but we’d like to make our own salami eventually and doing fermented and cured meats.

What’s your favourite coffee spot? Well, I don’t drink coffee but my favourite coffee shop in Cootamundra would be Dusty Roads. Those guys have also got a wine bar in town called Bah Bah and they use a fair bit of our produce.

Coolest local thing you’ve ever bought? Hmmm. I’ve got a lot of cool things that make life easier on the farm but I can’t really think of one right now.

Who is another local producer you admire? BoxGum Grazing. Sam Johnson started it with his wife Claire and the son Syd and their daughter are there as well. It’s a pretty amazing farm over in Murringo where they do mainly beef and some lamb as well and we supply them with their wiener pigs that they butcher on farm and sell throughout Canberra as well.

What do you want for Christmas? Well, I’d like everyone to come in and buy some produce from the shop.

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Jason sells his own products through the store in Cootamundra. Photo: Supplied.

You can learn more about Stockinpiggle Farm produce and order your Christmas feast here.

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