Our pigs are raised on pasture and in the forest on a diet rich in acorns and hazelnuts with ample access to natural forage and living environments. We buy heritage breed piglets (a mix of Yorkshire/Durock/Chester White/Hampshire bred in Creswell, OR) in the spring and start them on pasture when they arrive on the farm. Using an electric fence, we move them to over twenty different areas where they assist us in research and natural manipulation of the land. In the fall the pigs are finished on fallen acorns from the forest and hazelnut seconds left over from our harvest.
After the pigs are harvested, we send a portion of our meat to Taylor’s Sausage in Cave Junction, OR to be turned into specialty cured and smoked products. We sell these items as well as cuts of our pork such as chops, roasts and bacon through our website, direct sales, and at farmers markets.
If you are interested in purchasing a half or whole hog the pork share facts and process are outlined below.
+ PORK SHARES: THE FACTS
Tentative Harvest Date: Fall 2019
Hanging Weight: Approximately 200lbs/pig
Price: $4.50/lb (paid to My Brothers’ Farm) + approximately $1.00/lb cut and wrap fees (paid directly to Farmer's Helper) = Total about $5.50/lb.
Butcher: We use Farmer's Helper butcher shop located in Harrisburg. You will be able to communicate with them directly regarding how you want your animal processed (which cuts you prefer etc.)
Half of a hog is the smallest Farmer's Helper can accommodate, so if you are interested in a quarter hog we recommend that you find a friend or family member to split a half with you or we can help connect you with another customer who also wants a quarter.
When splitting half hogs keep in mind there are certain cuts (such as hams/pork shoulder) that only have one per half animal so you and the other person will have to work out who gets what.
+ PORK SHARES: THE PROCESS
We collect a $100 deposits for half and whole hogs that goes towards the total cost of your animal. Deposits can be paid online.
Your hog will be raised on the farm all summer and you will be contacted via email when we set a butcher date. After the hogs have been harvested, Farmer's Helper will call you directly to discuss how you would like your animal processed.
You will be charged $4.50/lb hanging weight (paid directly to the farm) and around $1/lb processing fees (paid directly to Farmer's Helper when you pick up your meat). Farmer's Helper will call you again once your animal has been cut/wrapped and you will pick up the meat from their store in Harrisburg. You will then have a freezer-full of pastured raised, forest finished pork to feed to your family all year!
Find us at the Lane County Farmers Market or pick up your order at the farm Mondays & Thursdays from 4-7pm!