As you have no doubt heard the current covid situation has totally upended the meat production system, even all the way down the line here in Nova Scotia. The biggest impact for us is that it was very difficult to purchase good quality piglets. As a result, our regular supply of ‘heritage breed, pasture raised’ pork is going to be later than usual (November) and less than usual.
With a limited supply for our regular pork we will be prioritizing those that ordered a side last fall, or are planning to subscribe to our winter meat box. (The number of subscriptions we can take will also be limited, but anyone who ordered last year will get first chance). We can’t yet put a price on this pork because the cost of feed is continuing to climb and we don’t yet know what our final costs will be.
The last large hog farm in Nova Scotia will be closing in the fall, and a lot of their pigs have been ‘stranded’ from the conventional meat system due to the current situation. Our butcher has told us that we would be able to buy some of these pigs and he could process them. I had heard of these pigs before, and I had assumed the meat was not going to be great quality. Our butcher has done a few of them now and assures me that the meat is very good. If interest is there we are looking at two different ways of offering this to our customers.
Option 1: We will be purchasing some pigs from them and bringing them back here to the farm for at least a month. This will give the pigs some opportunity to dig, root and be pigs, and also gives some time to ‘get the barn out of their system’. We are currently taking orders for sides of this pork, which should be ready in about 6 weeks. The price for these will be $4/lb hanging weight, and that includes cutting to your specification, vacuum seal packaging, and delivery to the Port Hawkesbury / St Peters area. (If you are from Sydney we can meet you in St. Peters). As usual, if you want sausage made it will be another $15 for 10 lbs, and having the bacon smoked (Whistleberry!) will add about another $25.
These sides should ‘hang’ between 100 and 110 lbs. (Final packaged yield depends on how you have it cut. Typically 100 lbs of hanging weight will yield about 66 lbs of packaged pork.)
If you would like to order one of these sides you can place an order here. Reserving a side will require a $150 deposit that will be deducted from your final bill).
Option 2: A second, and more affordable, option, is to purchase a side immediately from the other farm. If there is enough interest in this option we can arrange to have our butcher take the pigs directly. You will be getting good quality, Nova Scotia grown pork butchered humanely by a butcher we know and trust. Although I’m confident it will be good quality, this is not ‘Katherine Farm pasture raised pork'. This is not something we plan to do regularly, but I think it is important to do because it ensures the butchering and processing stays here in Nova Scotia. The current situation has highlighted how important it is to have local processing, and directly supporting them is something we can do to ensure they are there when we need them. (And no judgement on not going with Katherine Farm Pastured Pork - We know we will be sold out anyway, and we will be very happy if you are able to choose Nova Scotia pork and support a fantastic local butcher and processor!)
These sides will be offered for $3.50 / lb hanging weight and will be between 80 and 90 lbs. As with Option 1, that includes cutting to your specification, vacuum seal packaging, and delivery to the Port Hawkesbury / St Peters area. (If you are from Sydney we can meet you in St. Peters). As above, if you want sausage made it will be another $15 for 10 lbs. These sides should be between 80 and 90 lbs and will be ready in about 2 weeks.
If you are interested in this option you can place an order here, and a $150 deposit will hold it.
For both options we will contact you to get specific instructions on how you would like your side cut.
Time is limited to arrange this, so we need to have your order by the end of the day June 30 if you are interested.