We want you to eat like royalty at a reasonable price per pound. In order to make that possible we only sell pig shares direct to our customers, which reduces processing and retailing costs, giving savings to our customer and a higher gross profit to us. When you put a deposit on an animal early in the season, you are helping pay to raise your own animal through the year. By purchasing a pork share from us, you can feel good about making an ethical decision that invests in the kind of localized food system the world desperately needs.
We sell our pork shares by the half or whole hog. As a reference, we typically try to raise our hogs to 250+ pounds, which results in roughly a 160-200 pound carcass. The carcass weight is what we call hanging weight. You can expect your final cuts to amount to about 70% of the hanging weight.
Cost is $5.25 per pound hanging weight plus a slaughter fee of $25 per half. We require an up front deposit of $150 per half ($300 for a whole) to reserve your hog. Reservations are made toward the beginning of each year on a first come, first served basis. Slaughter happens in groups during the fall and early winter. We are now taking deposits for 2018 so you can fill out the order form below to reserve your share or be placed on the wait list, depending on availability. Returning customers will get priority, followed by the order in which inquiries were received.
Cut and wrap costs are paid directly to the butcher. We use Shy Ann Meats, a local processor that will also accommodate a number of dietary restrictions. Cut and wrap costs fluctuate, but are around $.59 per pound plus additional costs for curing and smoking (hams, bacon, etc.). We recommend stopping by Shy Ann and picking up a couple of their many varieties of bacon and trying their sausage, so you can get an idea of what you like.
Fill out the order form below to let us know you're interested in getting pork in 2017
Buying a half or whole animal can be intimidating the first time. Read this article for a brief overview of the process. We've also included our most frequently asked questions below:
Do I need a lot of freezer space?
Umm....yes. You do. A half hog takes up an entire vertical freezer in a standard freezer/fridge combo. If this is a barrier for you, let us know and we can talk you through it. Our first freezer was a chest freezer big enough for a whole hog that fit under the counter in our little townhouse in Portland. It's our belief that you will never, ever regret getting a larger freezer. Also, they are ubiquitous on Craigslist.
Can I have other parts of the pig?
Yes! Often people want the fat, bones, organs, head or feet of the animal. You can indicate in that in the order form below. Some extras are picked up from the butcher (fat/bones) and some must be picked up from the farm on the day of slaughter. We do charge a flat rate of $25 additional for taking extras not received from the butcher (these parts of the animal are not included in the final weight).
Can I pay ahead of time?
Yes, you can pay in whatever sort of increments you like. We encourage paying for your pig "lay-away" style. Usually there is 6-10 months between the initial deposit and the harvest of the animal. The only requirements are that you pay the deposit and whatever the remainder is before you receive your pork.
Feel free to fill out this form at any point in the year, but realize that we only take deposits at the beginning of each year until we are sold out. Fill out the form to reserve a 2018 pork share. Deposits are required to secure your share. Priority will be given to former customers, then the order in which inquiries are received. We've scaled up production to meet demand, but demand is vigorous, so be sure to reserve yours today!