Heritage Pork

cuts-of-porkWood Duck Farm, comprised of 142 acres, and located in San Jacinto County now offers more than just a wide variety of produce but also raises, promotes and works to preserve rare breed farm animals, including Red Wattle and Berkshire hogs. Red Wattles are listed with Slow Food USA on its Ark of Taste, which is a catalog of more than 200 foods in danger of extinction. The Red Wattle breed is slowly making a comeback because of small farmers raising herds.  Berkshire hogs, aka “the Kobe beef of pork” are known for their rich dark meat with great marbling characteristics.  We proudly raise our own antibiotic and hormone free pigs and hogs. We are constantly learning and doing new things to serve our customers, but still raise our pigs the way they enjoy which is never being confined in buildings and free to roam and forage on a diverse menu of grubs & roots. We also provide them leftovers from Houston area restaurants, Non-GMO feed and acorns from our oak trees.  You can taste the difference.

Here’s how it works: You place an order for a half or a whole pig, reserving your share with a deposit, $100 for a half, $200 for a whole hog.  Keep in mind there might be a waiting list. When your pig reaches market weight, possibly a few weeks or months, we will contact you to confirm the processing date and will bring the pig to our local processor for slaughtering. You will then visit with our local butcher by telephone choosing either standard cuts or custom-order cuts; the pork will be wrapped and, for a little extra, cured, smoked and/or made into sausages to your specifications. We, the farm, charge $3.00/lb. hanging weight for the pig, so you will pay the farm the difference between your deposit and the final hanging weight.  You pay the butcher separately for the processing charges which normally includes a kill fee and cutting, wrapping and packaging. These charges range from $.60 for unsmoked items to $1.99/lb. for  some smoked items, depending on your request.

What to expect

The cuts: here’s a general breakdown of what a half-hog can include:

  • Shoulder roast (Boston butt)
  • Shoulder picnic roast
  • Boneless chops
  • Bone-in chops
  • Sirloin chops
  • Leg roast
  • Leg steaks
  • Baby back ribs
  • Spare ribs
  • Bacon
  • Ground pork
  • Pork sausage
  • Liver
  • Fat/lard
  • Soup bones

 

Storage: Many people think they can’t buy an animal share because they don’t have the space. A small chest freezer is large enough to store a half hog, and can be purchased for around $150 to $200. And if you don’t want to go that route, you can ask friends or co-workers to share the meat with you.

Availability: We currently have several pigs that will be ready for the upcoming holiday season. Be advised that backlogs in processing occur with hunting season, so please consider placing your order early to insure receiving your order on schedule.

Delivery/Pick Up? We can likely arrange to meet you somewhere in Houston or you can come to the farm. If you have questions, please call/text 713 876 8645 or email us at csa@woodduckfarm.com

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