Medicine Creek Farm

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Ordering

Ordering pork by the half or the whole 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. For more information on pork 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.
 

HALF HOG CUSTOM CUT

$4.25/lb.
Approximately
$475

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

$50 deposit at time of order

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

 

This year we are excited to begin 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 new farm in Finlayson which makes it an easy trip for the animals.


WHAT YOU GET

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.


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
    (sometime in November or December)
  • You will then be directed to fill out Lake Haven's online pork 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, Lake Haven will let you know the final hanging weight cost, butcher cost, and when your order will be ready
    (most cuts take 1-2 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 may be able to arrange delivery
    (you are also invited to visit the new farm when you make the trip to get your meat!)

USDA inspected processing is also available for a higher charge. If you want your cuts vacuum sealed in plastic as opposed to wrapped in butcher paper, you can elect USDA processing instead of custom. If applicable, please select this option on the order form. 


PORK ORDERING NOW CLOSED FOR 2016

Please join our mailing list if you would like to be notified when pork ordering opens in 2017. We also currently have a limited amount of grass fed lamb available -- please let us know if you're interested!

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pork order Form now closed for 2016

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.
Custom or USDA *
Please select USDA processing if you live out of state or would like your meat vacuum sealed.
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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