Our pastured pigs are a wonderfully flavorful Heritage Breed called Berkshire. Renowned worldwide and by American chefs for their superior taste and intramuscular marbeling, Berkshires are the most popular of all heritage breeds. The breed yields a brighter pork than most, and features a thick fat cap that gives the meat a rich flavor.
Our pigs are raised on pasture with plenty of sunshine and room to roam. Natural foragers, they dine on sweet, local grasses and an organic supplementary corn- and soy-free feed. In the winter, when the grass is dormant, we treat our pigs to thick carpets of our home grown organic barley sprouts (a.k.a. fodder). This supplement keeps the animals plane of nutrition high even when the grass isn't producing.
How We Sell
Pigs may be purchased by the whole or half; both packages include a variety of chops, ribs, roasts, sausages and smoked items. Traditionally smoked items such as ham and bacon are also available uncured by request. All of our meats are sold by the live weight where you will receive approximately 58% of it as hanging weight; the actual meat you receive will be less due to the cutting away of the bones and fat. We are able to provide you with the average weight of a pig for estimating purposes, but each animal is different, so your meat may be a little bigger or smaller, and your final price will reflect this. Calculated into the purchase price is the butchering fee, which you will pay directly to the butcher plus $1/pound for smoke and curing. Once your meat is ready, it can be picked up at the ranch or our affiliated drop site in Bellevue.
Whole Pork Package
A whole lot of pork, each whole order is 160 to 220 pounds boxed weight.
Half Pork Package
The Half Pork Package is a nice size for a family of four. It varies from 80 to 110 pounds and gives you plenty of variety in your cuts, but won’t take up the whole freezer.
For more info on cuts, check out this butcher chart.
Why Organic Pastured Pork?
Not only is pastured pork lower in calories, cholesterol and fat (including artery-clogging saturated fat) it also has higher levels of many vital nutrients, such as:
- CLA (Conjuguated Linoleic Acid)
- Omega 3 fatty acids
- Vitamin A (Beta Carotene)
- Vitamin E
Further, pastured pork is much less likely to be contaminated with E. coli. Pigs kept in overcrowded pens are typically given low levels of antibiotics to keep them healthy and to reduce the risk of an E. coli outbreak. Our ranch environment is anything but crowded, ensuring you get both a better product and one that was raised humanely.
- The Benefits of Pastured-Pork
- The Benefits of Pasture-Raised Swine
- The Meat Hook: An article on the use of nitraies in cured meats.
- Your Nitrite-Free Meats are Full of Nitrites
- The “No Nitrates Added” Hoax by Michael Ruhlman