The Big Picture: Square Peg Farm is offering shares in a Hog CSA for the 2011 season. Similar to a vegetable CSA, the Hog CSA is a partnership between the farmer and you, the eater. You provide capital which we use to feed and house the pigs. When your hog is butchered, you will make a final payment based on weight that will cover additional feed, labor, transportation, other miscellaneous costs, and profit. Your hog or half hog will be cut and wrapped at a USDA inspected facility according to your instructions. When your meat is ready, you will pick it up from the butcher and pay them for their work.
How we Raise Hogs: Square Peg Farm is a certified organic producer. Every month, part of our herd of Chester White sows is bred to our Berkshire boar to provide a regular supply of pigs. During dry weather the pigs will be pastured on several acres at the farm where they will graze on grass, clover and weeds. They will dig for grubs and worms and we will feed them left over and "scratch and dent" produce from our vegetable operation. During wet weather the pigs are housed in spacious straw lined greenhouses. Most of their nutrition will come from certified organic hog feed provided daily. The hogs will always have access to fresh water and shelter from sun, wind, and rain. During their 6 or 7 months on the farm the hogs will receive no hormones or antibiotics. Our experience shows that this system, based on good food, fresh air, plenty of exercise, and very low stress, produces excellent pork. Click here to see hog photos.
How a Hog Becomes Pork Chops: When the hog is the right size we will bring it to the butcher who will slaughter the animal and cut it up according to your instructions. The pork will be wrapped according to your instructions and flash frozen for storage. Do It Yourselfers can arrange with the butcher to pickup a fresh carcass for cutting, curing, and wrapping at home.
How Much Pork a Half Hog Yields: A half hog will have a "hanging weight" of around 100 pounds. Hanging weight is measured when the hog is killed, eviscerated, bled, and hung to cool for a day. After hanging, the hog is cut and wrapped and part of the animal is lost to this process. Depending on your cutting instructions, a typical 100 pound half hog will yield 70-75 pounds of cut/wrapped meat for your freezer.
How Much it Costs: The cost for the hog is $3.50/lb based on hanging weight so a typical half hog will cost $350. The actual cost will be calculated when the animal is butchered and will reflect the deposit already paid. When you pick up your meat, the butcher will bill you for his services which include slaughter, cut and wrap, and curing. As of January, 2011 the typical butcher costs for a 100 lb half hog is about $90.
How to Sign Up: Send a deposit of $200 for a half hog or $400 for a whole hog to: Square Peg Farm, 6370 NW Evers Road, Forest Grove, OR 97116 Include your name, phone number, and email. Space is limited and orders will be processed first come, first served.