Medicine Creek Farm

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Ordering

Ordering meat by the whole, half, or quarter offers a great value and lets you choose the cuts you prefer. You pay the farmer based on the "hanging weight" of the carcass (after the organs and hide are removed) and you pay the butcher separately for cutting, wrapping, and freezing your meat according to your instructions. 

If you're unfamiliar with custom ordering, the butcher will walk you through the options and help you make selections depending on how you like to cook and what you or your family eat most. We also send you a tip sheet for answers to common questions after you place your order.

We do all our processing at Lake Haven Meats in Sturgeon Lake, MN. A family owned business, Lake Haven offers both custom and USDA inspected processing. It's a short 20 minute drive from our farm in Finlayson which makes it an easy trip for the animals.

We occasionally have individual cuts available for sale at the farm, and have a limited quantity of smaller beef bundles that have already been cut and wrapped. These bundles are great for smaller freezers, but you do not get to choose your custom cuts.
 

HALF HOG CUSTOM CUT

$4.25/lb.
Approximately
$500

Based on an estimated 95 lbs. hanging weight
including estimated processing fees

$50 deposit at time of order
TAKING ORDERS FOR DEC. 2019


QUARTER BEEF CUSTOM CUT

$4.25/lb.
Approximately
$900

Based on an estimated 185 lbs. hanging weight
including estimated processing fees

$100 deposit at time of order
TAKING ORDERS FOR DEC. 2019
 

BEEF BUNDLE BOX

Priced per Cut
Approximately $325

A small box of assorted cuts
Approximately 30-40 pounds of meat

$50 deposit at time of order
TAKING ORDERS FOR NOV. 2019

WHOLE HOG CUSTOM CUT

$4.00/lb.
Approximately
$950

Based on an estimated 190 lbs. hanging weight
including estimated processing fees 

$100 deposit at time of order
TAKING ORDERS FOR DEC. 2019


HALF BEEF CUSTOM CUT

$4.25/lb.
Approximately
$1800

Based on an estimated 370 lbs. hanging weight
including estimated processing fees

$200 deposit at time of order
TAKING ORDERS FOR DEC. 2019
 

WHOLE LAMB CUSTOM CUT

$7.25/lb.
Approximately
$400

Based on an estimated 45 lbs. hanging weight
including estimated processing fees

$50 deposit at time of order
SOLD OUT TILL 2020

 


WHAT YOU GET - PORK

You can expect to get a mix of pork chops, roasts, ribs, hams, hocks, bacon, and ground pork.

You can elect to have the butcher season some or all of your ground pork as breakfast sausage. You can choose the thickness of your pork chops and steaks and the weights of your roasts.

If you like more ground pork or sausage, you can choose to have your hocks or some of your roasts ground as well. Most people choose to have their hams and bacon smoked for an extra charge unless they have a smoker at home. 

It's up to you whether you want to keep your organs (usually for dog food) and lard. If you keep your lard, (which is healthy and delicious for cooking and baking) you will still need to render it at home which is extremely easy but takes some time. 

While it all depends on what you choose to get and the final hanging weight, you will need about 2 cubic feet of freezer space for a half and 4 cubic feet for a whole hog.

Best pork ever! We are ruined for any other kind of pork, but that’s okay.
— Maylen Anthony

WHAT YOU GET - BEEF

For a custom half or quarter you can expect to get a mix of steaks, roasts, short ribs, stew meat, soup bones, and hamburger.

You can choose the thickness of your steaks and weights of your roasts, as well as elect to have your steaks bone-in or boneless. You can keep organs and fat for tallow if you indicate it in the notes of your cut sheet.

If you choose a quarter beef, it's a mixed quarter so you will still get some of everything, although you may have slightly fewer options.

You need about 4 cubic feet of freezer space for a quarter beef.

We also have a limited number of beef bundles available for those wanting a smaller quantity of beef. This is about one 1.5" x 1.5" square box and fits in a standard size refrigerator freezer.  It's approximately 30-40 pounds of meat, equating to about 1/10th of a whole beef.

These boxes include approximately 6-8 assorted steaks, 2-3 roasts, 1-2 packages stew meat, 2-3 packages soup bones, 1 package short ribs or a miscellaneous cut, and 10-15 pounds ground beef.

You will not get to choose steak thickness or roast sizes, as the cuts have already been processed and butchered under USDA inspection and vacuum sealed. As each box is slightly different in quantity and weight, you pay based on the actual weight of the cuts inside using "retail" prices (i.e. steaks cost more than hamburger). The cost of processing has been included so you will not need to pay the butcher separately. 
 

The beef is the best we’ve ever had, by far. It’s remarkable and we have been telling everyone!
— Breanna Freeborn

HOW ORDERING WORKS

  • Fill out the online order form below

  • You will receive a link to pay your deposit and a confirmation of your processing date

  • You will then be directed to fill out Lake Haven's online pork cut sheet or beef cut sheet
    (I will send you a tip sheet to help you fill out the form and Lake Haven is also happy to explain the options and make recommendations)

  • After processing, we will let you know the final hanging weight cost, butcher cost, and when your order will be ready
    (most cuts take about 2 weeks to process, but there is an additional charge and wait time for smoking)

  • You pick up your meat, or depending on your location, we will arrange free delivery to a drop site or your home
    (you are also invited to visit the farm when you make the trip to get your meat!)


For more information on pork and beef cuts and how to make the most of your purchase, Iowa State University Extension has a Whole Animal Buying Guide with lots of great tips and explanations.

Lake Haven also has a very helpful handout of what to expect to receive and estimated processing costs; you can download the PDF here.


ORDER FORM

Taking orders now!
Next BEEF delivered in December 2019
PORK delivered in December 2019
Reserve LAMB now for 2020

Name *
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Phone
Please enter your phone number. The butcher will call you when your order is ready.
Whole or Half *
Please select whether you would like a half or a whole. You will receive an email confirmation with your processing date and a link to pay the deposit online (or instructions for mailing a check).
Pick Up or Delivery *
Please select whether you are able to pick up at the butcher or would like delivery. We typically arrange delivery to drop sites in Duluth or the Twin Cities where you can pick up your meat. If we are not able to arrange a convenient drop site for you, we are usually able to deliver direct to your home. You may also request delivery to another area and we'll contact you to discuss possibilities.
Payment Options *
Please select your preferred payment method. Final costs will be determined at processing based on hanging weight and your choice of cuts. If you would like to pay online for the remainder of the hanging weight minus your deposit, you will still pay Lake Haven Meats their processing fee upon pickup (they take credit cards as well as checks).
Please let us know if you have any questions regarding your order, whether you would like to discuss delivery options, or if you're interested in visiting the farm! If you have a size preference (would like a smaller or larger pig) please indicate that here and we will do our best to accommodate you.
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For delivery if applicable and so we can send you a thank you!

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