For those who are interested in humanely raised, free range, pastured meat options in our local food-shed, I commend your decision to be conscientious about such a tricky part of our diet and its effect on our fragile ecosystem. We have done our best this year to raise our pigs on open pasture and in the woodlands that they evolved to serve. This year, our pigs are a combination of two rare breeds, the "tamworth" and the "old spot" - endangered agricultural species. Ironically, the only way to protect endangered farm animal species is to eat them. They rely on us. If no one wants to eat pastured pork anymore, then all pork will be raised in confinement on grain. In this crucial way, the consumer is the architect of the farm.
If you decide to purchase a half a pig, you must reserve your share by purchasing a non-refundable deposit on your pork. Once you have placed your order, you are committing to purchasing the share. We sell the pigs in only 1/2 shares. We sell the half-pigs for $8.00/lb hanging weight - and the hanging weight are usually around 90 pounds - which then becomes about 50lbs in the actual cut and finished box (depending on which cuts you select). Of course if you decide to purchase a pig share you can divide your share with friends but that is for you to orchestrate. We just sell half shares. You buy the pig from us and then we help you arrange for it to be cut and packaged according to your specifications. The packaging is a freezer paper that is rated for 1 year.
We expect our first set of pigs to be ready in July and our second set to be ready in November. Please note all smoked products are delivered up to 6 weeks after the unsmoked cuts.
One of the most educational things about buying meat in "halves" or "quarters," as we are promoting, is that you are placed in a longer term relationship with one animal and you eat a wider variety of cuts of meat. You can not just take the tenderloins and leave the hamburgers. You can not just take the bacon from the pig -- you also must find a use for the shoulder roast and the loins. You may need to clear some room in your freezer or go in with a few friends. Our price is a reflection of the costs of conscientious animal husbandry - something you do not find on the factory farm feedlot. We hope that the care we have taken in raising them will translate to care you take in eating them.
One of the things I often find myself talking about with those who are unnerved of even shocked to find we raise meat on our farm is that it is BECAUSE I care about animals that I can not eat meat that I do not feel was raised in a way I am comfortable with. I have stood witness to every part of this process and I promise you that each and every animal we are selling has lead a safe, comfortable, clean and well nourished life and was tended to by careful and respectful farmers.
Pork Shares, Half pig