PORK - All Natural, No hormones, No chemicals
Want All-Natural, Hormone and Chemical-Free Pork?
Since our pig-raising of last summer went so well… (rave reviews from our Farm Dinner Chefs and the best pork roast I’ve ever made myself) we’ve decided to raise more pigs this summer for pork!
Here’s how it will work:
We will grow your pig for you, charging you $5.35 per pound “dressed” weight and you can specify how you would like your pig butchered (custom cut) and then pay for the butchering directly to the butcher. That way you can decide how much of the pig you would like fresh, smoked or made into sausage and bacon.
What breed of pig?
We get heritage breed pigs, perhaps Large Blacks, Gloucester Old Spots, or Tamworths, or possibly a cross between. Getting a good count on the number of pigs we need to raise soon (by taking orders now) will help us locate our best options for piglets. We’d prefer a heritage breed for their superior taste, quality and natural foraging ability.
How will the pigs be raised?
No hormones, no antibiotics. The pigs will have plenty of fresh air, clean water and be fed vegetable scraps from our all-natural vegetable CSA farm share program, and supplemented with a custom mix of whole unprocessed grains and trace minerals.
When and where butchered:
The pigs should be finished by September or October. We will determine the “when” by gauging their growth rate and harvesting them at their optimum size to yield a 200-250 pound dressed weight. We have tested two different butchers and are confident that either one will do an excellent job of processing our pigs. They both do an excellent job of smoking and making sausage as well.
The cost of a pig:
We will charge $5.35 per pound for the “dressed” (hanging) weight of the pig. “Dressed” means the weight once the entrails are removed. The pigs target weight will be approximately 200 to 250 pounds, for a cost of $1,000 to $1,250. The weights will fluctuate as this is more of an art than a science, and each pig varies a little in size.
Towards the end of the summer, each pig buyer will fill out their own custom cut sheet with the butcher (this can usually be done over the phone). Last Fall’s butchering worked out to be between $1.34 and $1.50 per pound depending on how much of the pig you have smoked (smoking costs more per pound). So, the butchering cost should be between $268 and $300 for a pig that dresses out at 200 pounds; or between $335 and $375 for a pig that dresses out at 250 pounds.
Your final cost paying both the farm and the butcher should be between $6.34 and $6.50 per pound dressed weight depending on how much meat you have smoked.
What’s the final yield?
Typically a pig will yield about 65-75% of the dressed weight. So a pig that dressed out at 200 pounds may yield about 150 pounds of meat. If you keep the head, hocks, and lard the yield will be much more. Using this math, your final cost per pound for that final yield weight of meat may be between $8.45 and $8.66 per pound depending on how much is smoked and of course, the size of the pig. (Note: We sold out of individual cuts of bacon, ham for $13/lb. and pork roasts for $11/lb. last summer.)
You’ll need about 4-5 cubic feet of freezer space for the whole pig.
Don’t Have Enough Freezer Space For a Whole Pig?
Consider splitting a pig (and the costs) with a friend, family member or neighbor!
How To Reserve Your Pig:
To reserve a pig, please fill out our Pig Order Form. You’ll need to send a deposit check (nonrefundable) with your completed order form... $250 for a half pig and $500 for a whole pig. You don’t have to decide on how to butcher your pig until the end of the summer and balances will be due once the butcher knows the final dressed weight. The balance owed to Devon Point Farm must be paid in full prior to the butcher breaking the pig down into individual cuts. From the time we email you with the final balance due, you will have 2 days to pay the outstanding balance in full to Devon Point Farm.
Where to Pickup Your Pork:
We will pick up your finished pork at the butcher’s and bring it back to the farm for distribution. We’ll give everyone as much notice as possible of when this will be. Please note, it will require two trips to our farm as the fresh pork comes back first and the smoked pork (ham/bacon) takes an additional 3 weeks before it is ready.
Please note: Pigs are a “seasonal” farm product at Devon Point Farm, we will only be growing and butchering one batch of pigs this summer… pigs are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and last year we were not able to fill everyone's orders... we sold out, so don't delay...order yours today!!
Fat only became a bad thing in modern industrialized agriculture, where the fat produced was a by product of chemical laden animal feed, vaccinations and the confinement environment that the livestock were raised in. Prior to that period an animal without fat was valueless.
Fat is what makes the meat moist and flavorful when cooked. Fat is in of itself not bad for you, it comes down to the feed that made the fat. For example, Acorn fattened pigs are the most expensive meat in the world, it's the type of fat and the amount of fat that creates the value.
ABOUT THE BREED:
We raise Gloucester Old Spot and Berkshire Cross pigs because they will produce good marbling and a fat covering. The two breeds have complimentary qualities. You can compare it to growing and blending wine grapes. If you take two wine grapes with complimentary qualities and flavors and blend them together, you end up with something far superior and amazing. Is is the same with Pork!
WHAT OUR PIGS ARE FED:
Fat is a great a thing depending on the type of fat, which is directly connected to the what the pigs were fed. Our model is simple, we use a select heritage breeds, known for marbling on the best feed possible... a custom mix of unprocessed (not heat treated or pelletized) whole grains, trace minerals and lots and lots of our organically grown vegetables! Never any restaurant scraps or stale bakery products! No hormones, no antibiotics, and no steroids!
When you buy a pig from Devon Point Farm, you are NOT buying a factory-farmed "SKINNY PIG"! We hope you ENJOY THE FAT!!
What our customers say:
"We already tasted the pork chops in Chinese pan-fried style.It is so delicious and reminds me the real pork flavor at my childhood in Taiwan.I lived in countryside and the pigs were raised in small local farms.I think it is similar breed like your farm’s with black hair.The quality of meat was super, free of antibiotics and hormone.I used to like pork a lot, but not so much in US since I came here 24 years ago. Now we can enjoy delicious pork dish all year round.Thanks a lot for providing good quality meat!!!" - Chi-Hwa Yang, October 2016"We were so thrilled with our 1/2 a pig from last year (we still have some sausage and chops and one precious pound of bacon!) that we'd like to do a whole pig this time! I had my sister over and made some sausage and there was literally no fat in the pan (I had to add some so it wouldn't burn!) and she was amazed. Really nice job!!!" -- Stacey Rothchild, February 2014
"Just wanted to drop you a note that we enjoyed some of our pig last night. My dad, who is an awesome chef, was here and cooked the kidney, liver, pig's feet, hocks, and neck. He made a wonderful braise with all those parts that usually get discarded. It was delicious! He kept raving about the quality of the meat, and my dad knows good food (which is even funnier since he thought we were crazy for buying all that pork!). My little boys are now crazy about pig's feet." Best, Shirley Ma, Pork Buyer, 2014
"We will definitely be ordering a whole pig this year! It was so yummy. I wanted to also thank you again for your recipe help at Christmas. The ham came out sooooo good. My family raved about it. I was so nervous that I would screw it up so thank you for the pointers!" - Angela LaRue, 2013