1/2 Share + Butchering Fees
Whole Share + Butchering Fees
Fresh - Uncured
Cured & Hardwood Smoked
(Avg. 4.5 lbs)
Various Colors (Blue, Green, Chocolate, Brown)
We decided to move away from raising Cornish Cross “Big White Bird” Chickens to Grey and Rainbow Rangers. For us and you we felt that the slower growth rate, the foraging characteristics and overall health of these birds supported our commitment to quality, husbandry and animal welfare. I know many people enjoy Cornish Cross birds but we don’t feel that they could be considered as pasture chicken…simply we could not raise a bird that only eats, poops and grows “YUGE”.
Part of our husbandry practice is to see that our livestock and poultry are treated humanely with the overall wellbeing of each animal in mind. We built a mobile chicken tractor (8’x16’) and likely will add another this year. Our tractor allows our chickens to roam freely, is not confining, protects them from predators and is moved on pasture each day.
We only raise 25 chickens at a time. This allow our chickens to move freely unconfined and maintains a natural order.
The diet of our bird varies through the season as Spring and Summer months give way to Fall. While we supplement their diet with locally sourced grain, it’s not uncommon to see our chickens foraging directly from the pasture and eating worms, bugs, grubs, grass, tomato, lettuce and other garden leftovers.
All our grain (locally grown, non-gmo, no silage or antibiotic) comes from a local farm 5 miles down the road-Chris Farms.
While these are not a “heritage” bred chicken, they have been bred specifically for meat production, they are very energetic, maintain a good survival instinct and still forage for food.
Because their growth is slower than other meat chickens, they are not very common. Due to their activity level, these chickens achieve a much better balance between breast, leg and thigh meat. With an unmatched overall quality and flavor from a grocery store chicken. On average we try to maintain a 4 to 5.5 pound dressed weight.
Just for comparison industrial chickens are often housed with thousands of other chickens in large sheds, fed a diet of genetically engineered corn and soybeans and spend their time confined to less 1 square foot of space. They are also given antibiotics to prevent the spread of illnesses. At the market you will notice the pale to off-yellow skin color and overly large breasts. This is a consumer driven phenomenon.
We understand and respect that choosing the right chicken is a personal choice and that choice is based on informed decisions. We hope that we can help you to understand your choice.
Taste and see the difference for yourself.
When we started raising pigs we worked with local farmers to better understand the various breeds of pigs and to build a sustainable practice to support our family. We work with local farmers for our piglets. All pork is USDA inspected.
Husbandry: Our pigs are raised here on our small family farm. Gloucester Old Spot pigs are a beautiful hog of British ancestry that is one of the finest eating hogs in the world, and also one of its rarest, due to the longer time it takes to grow these hogs to maturity. This results in richly marbled meat with an elegant taste. British folklore claims the large black spots are bruises caused by apples falling onto them as they foraged the orchard floors for food. On our farm, perhaps we can update that to Hickory nuts as there is a Hickory tree in their pasture that is such a treat for them! They are pasture-raised in a generously large area surrounded by forest. Our pigs are free of GMO feed, hormones, antibiotics, and steroids. Each pig is hand fed and well taken care of – in fact you will often find Chris in the pasture playing tag, rubbing the bellies or just talking to the pigs.
Processing & Butchering: We work directly with USDA inspected processors and butchers. All pork is USDA certified and come individually wrapped in cryovac vacuum sealed packaging and kept frozen.
Butchering fees for 1/2 and whole shares: Butchering fees are not included in share pricing (1/2 and whole). $125.00 per animal processing fee ($65.50 per half hog) and $0.75/ lb will be added for all butchering. If you would like items cured and smoked, this will be an additional $1.00 per pound. We will work with you to ensure your share is custom cut to your specifications.
Orders: We will have a limited amount of pigs and we fill orders on a first come first serve basis. These will be various cuts, and will all be vacuum packed and priced per pound. Because we only raise 6 pigs at a time, we recommend that you secure your order of a whole animal or half share. Quantities are limited. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve yours. Call us to arrange.
We shoot for a 210-225-pound hanging weight. Share prices and expected weights are provided below.