Now Accepting Orders for the Current Round!
Every couple months we have shares available for the pastured Berkshire hogs by the half from Emanuel Schmidt of Hilltop Farm in Sligo, PA. The deadline to reserve a half hog for this round is March 31 for pick-up from our warehouse in April. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in a local hog share! A $200 deposit (check or card) will be required to reserve your order and the rest can be paid upon pickup.
About the Pigs:
Hilltop Farm raises a heritage breed of hog called Berkshire, which is one of the oldest breeds of pig and can be traced back over 350 years! The meat from this breed is very high quality and is valued all around the world by restaurants and consumers alike. These hogs are kept on organic pasture and in an uncaged barn. Although they get most of their food from grazing the pasture, they are supplemented with GMO-free local grains.
The price will be about $3.98/lb for the hanging weight of the hog, depending on the type of cuts you request. Most of the halves have a hanging weight between 100 and 120 pounds, so you could expect to pay around $437 total (the average price for a 110 lb side). Please note that the hanging weight is not the final weight after cutting. You can expect to receive about 75% of the hanging weight. If you have a preference for the size of your hog, please let me know. A $200 deposit will be required upon placing your order, and the rest can be paid in full upon pickup. We take card or check.
The side can be cut to your liking, but a standard side includes:
- one ham (about 15-20 lbs but can be cut in half or quartered upon request, cured and smoked)
- 8-10 lbs of bacon (cured and smoked in 1 lb packages)
- two loin roasts (about 3-4 lbs each) and chops
- 1 shoulder (split into two roasts and steaks)
- spare ribs (split into 4 sections)
- 5-10 lbs of sausage or ground pork (in 1 lb packages)
The pork fat is available upon request, as well as the tongue, liver, bones and heart.
The ham and bacon can be uncured upon request.
All cuts will be vacuum sealed or wrapped and frozen after butchering.
Your side will be available for pickup at the Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance warehouse in Upper Lawrenceville at 150 54th Street, Pittsburgh PA 15201.
Please contact email@example.com if you are interested or would like more information.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Here is a helpful article about pork cuts, including what part of the pig they come from, and how to cook them!
KDKA did a news feature on these Hilltop Farm hogs and Penn's Corner! Click here to check it out! Also check out what other Penn's Corner customers have to say about their experience ordering a hog:
"We just finished our last one and these Hilltop Farm hogs are the best pork we have had!" -Jane
"We got the hog share last year and it was by far the best pork we've ever had!! I even rendered the lard and used it for cooking. The hams were truly the tastiest EVER!" - Veronica
The hogs in the barn at Hilltop Farm. (January, 2013)