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Q. What is a meat-share program?
A. When you join a meat-share program, you are joining a farm-community. Our meat share customers reserve a percentage or share of one of our prime quality cows and/ or pigs. By purchasing a share, either a 1/4, 1/2, or Whole, you are reserving a share of that animal.
This allows us, the farmers to raise a specific number of animals each year, for a certain amount of VIP customers (or farm-community members) each year. This also allows us to focus on the best farming practices available so we can raise only the best American Beef and Pork.
Once you reserve your share, we will determine which animal will be yours, schedule a processing date, and finally arrange for pick-up or delivery of your personalized meat-share. It does not get more farm-to-table than this. All of your cuts of meat will be individually packaged and vacuum sealed.
We are raising YOUR animal for YOU.
Q. Ordering a quarter of a cow, half a cow/pig or a whole cow/pig sounds intimidating and like a lot of meat- should I feel this way?
A. Ordering direct from your farmer is the best way to order your meats. You will get the best quality meats (no hormones, pesticides, soy) at the best pricing. What many of our customers do on their first orders is split the order (especially a whole cow) with friends and family- many of which have MEAT PARTIES/ GATHERINGS on the day the meat is delivered. * which we love because it is high energy upon our arrival.
Remember, if you have not done this before- you may feel a bit nervous because it is new and something you are doing for the first time but if you are after the best quality product, greater health for you and your family, and saving a few bucks- this is the best way to order your beef. Where else can you actually come to the farm and meet the animals to see exactly how they are treated prior to your consumption?
Q. I have never purchased a quarter of a cow, half a cow or a whole cow before, how much freezer space do I need?
A. For a whole cow, we recommend an 14.8cu chest freezer. For a half a cow, a 7.0cu chest freezer. And, for a 1/4 cow, a 4.9cu chest freezer. Lowes has a great selection- just remember inventory drops in the late fall due to deer season.
Q. How do I know how much meat I will get?
A. The amount of meat you will take home is approximately 60% of the animals hanging weight. We charge based on hanging weight.
Q. What is hanging weight?
A.Hanging weight is after the cow has the head, hide, internal organs, and legs removed. The butcher then takes a weight- and prior to aging, cutting and packing, gives us that weight which we charge on. It is farmer industry standard.
For example, our cows live weights are approximately 1000lbs.- Hanging weight, once the butcher removes head, hide, internal organs, and legs- is approximately 600lbs.
The next step is aging the meat, cutting the meat, and packaging the meat.
Your take home share of meat is 60% of hanging weight.
Q. When will I get my order if I put a deposit down today?
A. We do our processing year round- with a limited schedule through the winter to keep the animals and drivers safe. Our orders are filled in the order in which they come in. So- get your orders in early! If you have any requests on when you would like your order, please email us and let us know! We are currently turning our larger shares around in 3-weeks. That means 3-weeks prior to your delivery your cow or pig was out in pasture. That is freshness
Q. Do you deliver?
A. Yes, for a small delivery fee we do deliver our larger meat shares. We are a small family farm, so we, the farmers do the deliveries as we love to meet our customers!
Q. Do you ship meat?
A. We do currently ship out meats using UPS as our carrier. If our truck is going to be in your area, we will also hand deliver! We ask that any orders south of Maryland, or west of Ohio choose next day shipping.
Q. What areas to your service for your meat-share (whole/ half/ quarters)?
A. We service primarily NY, NJ, CT, and PA. Larger shares of 1/2 or larger we prefer not to ship at this point so we deliver all shares personally. We are able to ship 1/4 shares and 1/8th shares.
We are a small, local family farm and want to keep it that way. We serve those in our local communities- bringing them the best quality beef and pork (with some chickens and eggs too).
Q. How long will it take for me to get my order if I ordered a smaller box and not a share?
A. Depending on when our fresh product arrives back from our butcher, you can expect your order within 1-2 weeks. We try to turn around orders quickly, but since we do not keep large inventories to guarantee freshness, it could take longer than just a few days! It will be worth the wait.
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