How does the cost of naturally raised pork compare to store bought pork?
COMPARING STORE PRICING TO OURS
When you purchase a whole (or 1/2) hog from us, your final price can be between $700 – $1200. For families who may not have purchased naturally raised pork in bulk before, this can be a bit of a shock.
It’s critical, however, that we take into consideration the amount of pork your family will actually receive. For a better representation of this, we’ll pull an excerpt from a great cost comparison article of store bought vs. naturally raised pork.
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“But before we do that, I’d like you to go to the supermarket and get me pricing on the following items: two 45 lb hams, two 15 lb shoulder roasts, 30 pounds of one inch thich pork steaks, 50 pounds of bacon, 26 one inch thick pork chops, two whole loins, two racks of ribs, two spare ribs, two baby back ribs, four pig trotters, two ham hocks, two large picnic hams, two butt roasts, two shank roasts, 60 pounds of trim for sausage, 15 pounds of fat back, 10 pounds of leaf fat, 4 pounds of call fat, and one whole hog head.”
I paused for a few seconds.
“I just want to make sure I’m not over-charging you in anyway.”
He agreed and hung up the phone. Four days later, he called back and was absolutely elated. He apologized and said he hadn’t realized how much pork he was actually getting… But the best part of the conversation was when he said the words every person who has pride in their craft lives to hear:
“This is the best pork I’ve ever seen. This is the best pork I’ve ever tasted. I never knew pork could be so good!”
This client went on to be one of my best to this day. He buys 2-3 hogs a year. He trades the meat to friends and always recommends our farm as their next hog supplier. He tells everyone who will listen about our products and the way we raise our stock. That’s the best kind of customer in the world, isn’t it?
For the full article, click here.
PORK QUALITY & QUALITY OF LIFE
From the photo at left, which pork chops would you rather eat?
Have you ever had a really good pork chop from the store? Imagine if we took that pork chop from the store and 5 or 10x-ed the taste of it.
Improved taste is one of the biggest reasons our families preferred naturally / homestead raised pork.
The pork chops on the top are from pasture raised pork, the bottom from pork raised “conventionally” (also known as at scale, without room to run / forage and in cages).
Our hogs are free to forage and root at their leisure, whenever they please throughout the day. We keep our hogs on pasture from the second they arrive to the minute they leave for processing. Our hog pasture also offers protection from the heat / elements should they desire. It’s important that our hogs are raised in as stress free of an environment we can provide.
Hogs that have the ability to move will develop the marbling you see at left, keeping the meat from becoming dry while cooking and also giving it a delicious flavor.
Yes, it takes more time and more input costs to raise pork in pasture. It’s worth it, however.
We raise our hogs this way because we believe it’s the right thing to do. That, and the taste (our opinion, we’ll let you form your own!) is superior to anything we can buy in the supermarket.