At Sunny Cabana Farms we believe that our community wants to feed their family food that is healthy, yet affordable, without sacrificing taste. To meet the demand for local, high quality, affordable food we offer whole hog shares.
We do all of the legwork for you. Our hawgies are raised and humanely harvested right here at Sunny Cabana Farms. It’s bacon you can feel good about.
And these aren’t your standard factory hogs. Ohhh no. We free range Kune Kune (pronounced "kooney kooney") pigs in our orchard and pastures. Our pork is primarily grassfed, but because the piggies are allowed to roam and feed naturally on what satisfies their nutritional needs, their diet also includes organic dropped fruit from our orchard (nothing says “Mojo Pork” like pigs raised on citrus), as well as black walnuts and red peppercorn from our own trees (we call that “seasoning from the inside out”). We also offer some additional select local fare to round out the flavor profile, including eggs from Sunny Cabana Farms’ chickens, leftover whey from cheese-making, and veggie scraps from our garden, kitchen, and other local certified organic farms. We supplement this with a base ration of Certified Organic alfalfa pellet and sprouted barley fodder from Modesto Milling in Modesto, CA. About 30 days before harvest we finish them on sweet Sunny Cabana Farms goat’s milk to give them extra flavor and juicy texture. That’s right – everything that goes into your pork is sourced locally. Our piggies aren’t given antibiotics or hormones. This means you can spend more time thinking about how to cook your pork and no time wondering what you’re feeding your family. If your mouth is already watering then keep on reading below for our easy pork ordering info:
How do I Order Pork?
Easy! You're buying the whole pig. If this seems like more than you need, find some friends to split it with. If you're having a hard time divvying it all up, let us know and we can refer you to some other like-minded friends that want to split up some pork. Once you know how much pork you want, you just have to select which cuts you want by filling out our form and mailing or emailing it. We're happy to walk you through this process. Let me be the first to suggest that you order more ground pork than you might think you’d want… once you grill it up as pork sliders, you’ll wish you had more. Download Sunny Cabana Farms Orchard Pork Order Form
How do I Pay and When do I get my Pork?
You pay one person. Us. We then work with you to help you decide how you want your pork delivered to you with our very friendly and easy-to-use order form. We do all the communication with our butcher shop. If you have your own preferred butcher, we can work with them too. When your order is ready we’ll go pick it up and bring it back to the farm. You will pick up your meat from us.
All the prices are based on hanging weight, which is the weight of the pig that has been gutted and has had the head removed. We aim to harvest our pork at 150 lbs., which will render around 100 pounds hanging weight. You pay based on hanging weight.
We sell the pigs at $9 per lbs. hanging weight. When you fill out the form, you pay us a $150 deposit for a whole pig. On harvest day, we’ll give you a call to let you know what the hanging weight is so you can pay the remaining balance and start making room in your freezer! We plan to harvest our next pigs in January. Butchering usually takes about 2 weeks with no smoking/curing, 4-6 weeks if you have requested ham/bacon/sausage. We prefer cash/check but we also accept all major credits cards (via PayPal with a 2.9% PayPal fee).
You pay just one price, regardless of whether you get bacon or sausage, cutlets or not. If you were to buy this much meat as separate cuts, you’d pay an average of over $15/lb!
What do I get?
Here are some examples of what a typical cut sheet might look like for a whole hog (if you're sharing with another family, just divide by 2!). Remember, this is an average, and every animal is different.
This is a great question, and the answer is (usually) YES. Your typical refrigerator/freezer combo that most of us have in our kitchen is about 7 cubic feet of freezer space. If you consider that you can hold about 35 lbs. of meat per cubic foot of freezer space, that’s more than enough for a whole share. In fact, you could fit 245 lbs. in there if it were totally empty! A half hog will require less than 2 sq. ft. of freezer space. If you don’t want to devote an entire freezer to your pork, you have a few options.
1, You can invest in a deep freezer. They are cheap if you shop Craigslist and efficient. 2, You can request a smaller pig. This is one of the reasons we choose to raise the Kune Kune pig – they are an inherently smaller breed, which makes them perfect for families who want all the variety of cuts a hog share has to offer without giving up all that prime freezer real estate. See our infograph below about the different sizes. We’re happy to work with you to determine what pig will be the best “fit” (literally!) for the space you have available. 3. Find a friend or family member to split your share with.
What's in Your Pork?
Our pork is all natural, no hormones, no antibiotics. Our pigs are free to roam and display their “pigginess” on our organic pastures and orchard for the entirety of their lives. Although we do not feed corn or soy-beans to our pigs, we cannot guarantee they are corn-/soy-free like we can our eggs and milk. This is because we do feed them our organic kitchen scraps, like bread, which may include corn or soy as ingredients. This was an easy compromise; one of the things I enjoy most about raising pigs is their happy hawgie squeels when we give them our table scraps. I love that nothing goes to waste! Read more about how we raise our Heritage Breed Kune Kune.
Send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll confirm availability and have you fill out our order form and submit the deposit. We aim to process our first pigs in August. Pork shares are limited, with first deposits receiving priority on the “wait-list.” The more people on the waiting list, the more pigs we breed so we can get pork to everyone who wants some. We breed our pigs at different times of the year, and so availability will vary. We only sell pigs once they are born, so be sure to send us an email and get on the waiting list. Before you know it, you’ll be able to stock your freezer with organic, healthy, humanely raised pork.