Anonymous Farm

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2013 Pork Ready for Processing


Ready to take the piggies to the butcher. Keeping a few sows, the boar and the piglets... but there are plenty ready to go. We are using the IOWA processor we used last year, Mattiesens. We were very pleased with both their quality and their cost. We are charging $3 a pound hanging weight and the processing cost is added on depending on your choice of cuts. Sold in half or whole animal only - partner up if you don't have a freezer big enough. Click on cut list  for ideas. 


2012 prices

Our family of 8 live on the farm with a conservation reserve outside our door. Berkshire cross heritage pigs; jersy, holstein, and now highland cattle plus miscellaneous poultry free range on our pastures and enjoy organic exempt corn and other feeds grown on site. What we cannot provide is purchased locally without pesticides or antibiotics whenever possible. Meat is processed locally by state inspected butchers. Local delivery can be arranged or you can pick up at the processor.

Custom cut and processed to customer's specifications. Separate processing charge based on cuts or desired preparation. Price varies based on actual weight and processing order.
Beef (Bulk)
estimates (not counting processing)
Quarter BEEF  200 lbs  $650 plus processing
Typically: T-Bone Steaks, Rib Eye Steaks, Sirloin Steaks, Round Steaks, Chuck Roasts, Shoulder Roasts, Rump Roasts, Sirloin Tips, Stew Meats, Short Ribs, Ground Beef

Pork (Bulk)
1/2  pig     75 lbs     $325 plus processing(+$25donation)= Price / lb is $4.67
whole pig 150 lbs    $645 plus processing(
+$25donation)=  Price / lb is $4.47

*The retail price at local harvest saves compared to Home Grown Cow's 15% Service Fee. - Donation made to Local Harvest.






Fall Piggies going to market

Got freezer space? It is time for 4 of our piggies. We do not expose our animals to hormones, antibiotics or other agrichemicals.
Sausage/Brats/Ham/Pork: $2 a pound plus processing.
Call Alan: 815-721-5483.
Happy Fall.
-Risha (& Alan and the kids)
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piglet sausage available soon

Four of our eight little piggies were taken to the processor this week. Hana and her friend Skylar are saying goodbye along with our reverse herd dog Aggie. When the piglets escaped last month Aggie wasn't the best herding dog, she kept scattering them when we wanted her to round them up. So Alan sent her to them and had her lay down, then when he called for her the piggies followed her home.

We are processing these little piggies in the fall to maximize the flavor. being young, they should be tender. Being fall, they have recently enjoyed the harvest leavings and the fresh pasture and forage of the farm. Winters are cold and stored feeds may not leave meat tasting as fresh as when harvested at the peak of the season. Soon we'll be able to test that concept. 

Skylar's daddy shared some wonderful fresh venison with us that he harvested with an arrow and processed himself. Thanks to Joe! Not us, we'll leave the processing to the professionals and enjoy giving them a good life while the domesticated livestock share our farm with us. We like to invite Joe to visit when the wildlife are plentiful.

The week before Thanksgiving and the turkeys are all gone. Since we sold out early (with the help of Aggie thinning out our pastured turkeys we think), Paul Muller will be trading us pork for turkey this year so we won't have to go without. Thanks to Paul!

We will be taking orders for 2010 if anyone has any special requests for custom animals or produce. We have had one request recently for a large order of chickens for shipping that we are considering... but we prefer selling locally to people who know the care that goes into our farm. 

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