Important considerations when ordering meat
We do not have much freezer storage capability here. Please take this into account when placing your order for chicken and turkey and fresh frozen pork and beef. You will need to pick up your meat on the slaughter date or one day after for the poultry. Pick up for fresh frozen pork and beef must be on the weekend of its return to the farm. There is a little more flexibility on pick up with ham and bacon, but prompt pick up is expected.
Below are cultural reasons why our meat is some of the best tasting that you will encounter. Except for the hams and bacons, which are not certified organic due to the fact that the smokehouse has not pursued certification, all of our pork, chicken, turkey, beef and eggs are certified organic by Baystate Organic Certifiers.
We can accept SNAP benefits for all or part of your meat purchase. Please contact us for more information.
All our animals are fed certified organic grain and make use of as much range as is possible, for their health and for maximum farm fertility. Our birds live in movable shelters and are moved to new range 6 times per week. Our pigs work a large section of field edges and woods for about two weeks before moving on and thus live in “pig heaven”. In 2016 we solidified the practice of fermenting all of our chicken and pig feed. Our understanding is that fermenting enhances palatability and nutritional value while decreasing the quantity needed of these brought in feeds. Our experience is of increased livestock vigor.
We have an active fertility plan for our pastures that includes mobstocking of our poultry and beef. With daily moving of animals, and poultry following the beef, the pastures get a nice infusion of disruption and fertility followed by a long rest. The end product is a highly fertile soil with pasture grasses of high nutritional content.
Finally, we run our livestock in our vegetable and fruit growing areas as often and as intensively as is possible while obeying the organic certification 90/120 rule regarding animal manure and subsequent crop harvest. With this practice you are assured to get e coli free produce and tree fruit that has benefited from the rich fertility resource of free range animal manure.
For the 7th year (along with organic grain and forage) we will be feeding our pigs whey from our neighbors’ certified organic cheese operation, Robinson Farm in Hardwick, MA.
Young chicks and turkey poults start life in the barn under brooder lights where they are daily fed vinegar in their water (for gut health), fresh soil (for gut health), fresh comfrey (protein and micronutrients) and kelp (packed with minerals) along with their starter grains.
Laying hens have free access to oyster shell (for strong shell development) free choice. They are totally free ranged from October – April, sleeping at night in our permanent chicken house, and live in movable pens on pasture from April – October.
Once the turkeys and meat birds leave the brooding area at approximately 1 month of age, they live on pasture. Turkeys are supplemented with fresh cut comfrey as we have it available.
Our beefers are 100% grass-fed. This year we will not have beef available because we will start with young calves who will be ready for harvest in late 2018.
We have limited quantities of eggs from our White Leghorn and Golden Comet hens at $7.00/dozen. The best way to become an egg customer is to commit to a weekly purchase with us. CSA members can sign up for eggs along with their shares.
This year we are happy to switch to Freedom Rangers (red crosses) from JM Hatchery http://www.freedomrangerhatchery.com/freedom-ranger-chickens.asp that thrive on range and whose parents were raised on non-GMO grain. This is a new opportunity for us to more thoroughly walk our talk. The widespread growing of GMO grain is, in our opinion, one of the most environmentally destructive growing practices in our country at this time. Meat chickens will cost $6.50/lb. and will vary in size as this year we are raising straight run birds. You can pick out larger or smaller birds at pick up, according to your needs.
Due to a state regulatory technicality, our chickens and turkeys are certified organic if you buy them before slaughter, but not after. You end up with a cleaned, whole, bagged bird (with giblets and neck). Chickens will be available for pick up on July 30 and October 29.
At the end of their productive laying life we will be slaughtering old layers on October 29. Birds will cost $15 each and will include the neck (no giblets). These birds are excellent for stewing and making nutritious chicken soup.
For the best chicken stock, we suggest a package of 12 meat chicken feet to go along with an old layer. These 2 lb. bags of feet cost $5 each. These sell out fast – order early.
Many Hands Organic Farm is proud to be one of the very few certified organic pork producers in Massachusetts. We still buy our piglets from the folks at Misty Brook Farm though they have moved to Maine where they were able to purchase their own farm.
This year we will be raising 9 hogs for pick up on Friday, November 17. They will be slaughtered at Adams Farm, a USDA and organically certified processing facility. We sell our pork by the pound.
- Pork chops, country style ribs, and ground pork and breakfast sausage come in approximately one lb. packages and cost $9.50/lb.
- Roasts and spare ribs will weigh about 3 – 4 lbs. each and cost $9.50/lb.
- Naturally smoked and cured hams (approximately 2-2.5 lbs.) and sliced bacon and bacon ends (10 oz. packages) are smoked and cured at VT Smoke and Cure in Hinesburg, VT. (This process is not certified organic, but is done without nitrates and with only natural spices and processes.) Bacon and hams cost $14.25/lb. and bacon ends cost $11.25/lb.
- We are looking into hot dogs and will be back in touch about those later.
We make our certified organic lard with the fat back and leaf lard from our pigs. We render it on our wood cook stove. We generally have lard available most of the year, but prefer not to ship in summer. Contact us for availability.
Lard costs $20.00/quart. We sell it locally and also ship frozen lard in clear quart containers, packed in insulated boxes sized to contain 1 to 4 quarts. We charge $5.00 for the box and shipping supplies plus USPS priority mail shipping fees. It is most economical to order lard in quantities of 4 quarts. You can now pay for your lard with Paypal.
We are raising broad breasted white turkeys from Ridgway Hatchery in LaRue, OH. Turkeys are particularly delicate as youngsters, and we treat them with the utmost care — which includes heightened attention to hygiene and low stocking numbers in the movable pens. Our love affair with comfrey manifested itself in 2013 with daily harvests that they consumed voraciously. Choose between a hen (approx. 15-20 lbs.) or a tom (approx. 20-28 lbs.) when placing your order. The turkeys will cost $5.50/lb. and will be available to pick up on November 21 and 22. Pick up within the category of hen or tom is first come first served. We do not reserve specific weights. We regularly hear two things from customers – “the best turkey I ever ate” and “it cooked faster than ever before”.
Due to a state regulatory technicality, our chickens and turkeys are certified organic if you buy them before slaughter, but not after. As in past years, our turkeys will be slaughtered at a licensed custom plant. We are totally comfortable with the cleanliness, efficiency, and humane technique used by our licensed processing plant and stand completely behind their work. You end up with a cleaned, whole, bagged bird (with giblets and neck).
Beef – Not available this year
We will be buying newborn bull calves from Robinson Farm this year, starting them on a bottle and raising them entirely on grass through the end of 2018. Historically ruminants thrived on and helped build the massive fertility of the American Great Plains. With careful attention to daily moves we have been able to rapidly upgrade the fertility of our entire farm. These cows, followed by the ever busy poultry, work our entire production acreage, fertilize the hay we cut for mulch for our vegetables, manage our orchard floor (along with the pigs), and truly enhance the fertility loop on the farm.