Pastured Pork from Nettle Valley Farm

Order here! ----> Reserve your half or whole by filling out our quick order form. 

The Basics

We rotationally graze heritage breed pigs through the lush pastures and shaded woodlots of our Spring Grove, MN farmstead.

 

Our pigs live the good life! We are obsessed with pig happiness and proud of it. They have plenty of room to roam and play and fresh water to drink. They feast on clover, grasses, nettles, gooseberries, raspberries, roots, brush, grubs, and whatever else their snouts can find.  

 

In addition to grazing, our pigs eat a 100% certified organic feed made from field peas and barley plus minerals. It's corn, soy and fishmeal free!  This makes their fat nice and firm. It also means a delicious clean taste plus higher CLAs and a better Omega 3:6 ratio.
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When will my pork be ready?

    • Feeder pigs arrive from our partner farm in June and have their One Bad Day in November/December. Your pork will be ready to pick up or have delivered from Burt’s two to three weeks after depending on processing.
       

  • Do you offer home delivery?

    • Yes! Home delivery is $.60 per mile from Burt's Meats in Eyota. ​​

    • For instance, if you lived at the Mpls/St. Paul airport (96 miles from Burt's), you'd pay about $58 for home delivery. (96 miles x $.60 per mile)
       

  • Can I visit Nettle Valley Farm?

    • You are welcome to visit our farm in the beautiful Driftless area of MN! We'll also post frequent pig updates on our Facebook page and Instagram feed so you can watch them grow.
       

  • How do I custom order my cuts?

    • Two weeks before your hog is harvested, we’ll send you our easy-to-use online ordering form.

    • You can decide everything from how thick you'd like your pork chops to sausage flavors to whether you'd like bacon or uncured side pork for DIY culinary endeavors.
       

  • How much freezer space will I need?

    • For a half hog, you’ll need about 3-4 cubic feet (a milk crate is about 1 cubic foot).

    • For a whole hog, you’ll need about 7-8 cubic feet (a milk crate is about 1 cubic foot).
       

  • How much does a half or whole pig cost?

    • The total price for meat involves three payments: a deposit to secure your reservation, one to the farm for the meat and one directly to Burt's for processing.

    • ​Farmer payment:

    • Processor payment:

      • This is the fee you pay when you pick up your meat. It covers the slaughter, cutting, curing, wrapping and freezing. It depends on the final weight of your pig and complexity of your processing choices, but it usually ends up being about $70-130 per half hog or $140-260 per whole hog.

    • Ballpark estimates for halves and wholes depending on size and processing:

      • Half hog: $150 deposit + $550 for the pork + $100 for processing

      • Whole hog: $300 deposit + $900 for the pork + $200 for processing
         

  • Are your hogs certified organic?

    • No. Their feed is certified organic but we haven't been able to find a source of certified organic feeder pigs. We use many organic and "beyond organic" practices.
       

  • Do your pigs receive hormones or antibiotics?

    • We never use sub-therapeutic antibiotics, hormones, growth promoters like ractopamine or unnecessary drugs. 

    • We focus on preventative medicine and a low stress, healthy environment. When a pig does become ill, we treat our pigs like we treat ourselves: natural remedies whenever possible, antibiotics/pharmaceuticals when that's the best tool in the toolbox. We will use conventional medicine under the guidance of a veterinarian. 

Questions?

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