Organic Meat


Organic Meat

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. Though we sometimes are able to hold meat, our preference is for you to arrange pick up within 24 hours of slaughter of chickens, there are very specific pick up times for turkeys, and there is slightly more flexibility around pork and beef pick up.

Below are cultural reasons why our meat is some of the best tasting that you will encounter. Except for beef (cows were purchased from a non-organic farm), all of our pork, chicken, turkey and eggs are certified organic by Baystate Organic Certifiers.

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We can accept SNAP benefits for all or part of your meat purchase.  Please contact us for more information- Julie@mhof.net, 978-355-2853

Animal Care

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 to a new area 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 mob stocking of our poultry and beef cows. 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.

Along with organic grain and forage, we feed 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), and fresh comfrey (protein and micronutrients).

Laying hens have free access to oyster shell (for strong shell development). 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 beef cows are not certified organic. Because we purchased 3 calves from a non-certified organic farm, our beef is not certified organic. Since their arrival on our farm in May 2017, they have been completely grass-fed from our own pastures and hay, with organic sprouted grains during the winter months. We also purchased certified organic hay from Clover Springs Farm in West Brookfield, MA (http://cloverspringsfarmstand.com/) to feed when our own hay supply runs out. 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 by fertilizing the hay we cut for mulching vegetable-growing fields and managing our orchard floor (along with the pigs). The cows truly enhance the fertility loop on the farm.

Eggs

We have limited quantities of eggs from our White Leghorn, Golden Comet, and Barred Rock 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.

Meat Chickens

For the second year, we are raising 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. Finding this source for chicks was an exciting 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, with hens weighing an averaging of 5 lbs and cockerels averaging 7 lbs. You can order hens or cockerels, 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 August 26.

Old Layers

At the end of their productive laying life we will be slaughtering old layers in late October. Birds will cost $15 each and will include the neck (no giblets). These birds are excellent for stewing and making nutritious chicken soup.

Chicken Feet

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.

Chicken Stock

We sell quarts of frozen chicken stock made from laying hens and chicken feet. Each quart has a small amount of meat in it making rich, flavorful soups. $7.50/quart, email or call the farm to purchase and pick up here

Pork

Many Hands Organic Farm is proud to be one of the very few certified organic pork producers in Massachusetts. This year we will be buying our Tamworth piglets from Mill River Farm in Great Barrington, MA (http://millriverfarm.org/). We are raising 3 pigs this year so pork quantities will be limited. They will be slaughtered at Adams Farm, a USDA and organically certified processing facility. The pork will be ready in late fall. We sell our pork by the pound.

Cuts:

  • 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
  • Pork Stock, $7.50/quart, available year-round, frozen in quarts. An excellent source of collagen!

Lard

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.

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Turkeys

We are once again raising broad breasted white turkeys from Bob’s Turkey Farm in Lancaster. 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. 14-18 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 20 and 21. 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 Certified Organic

We purchased 3 calves in May 2017 and are raising them on grass through the end of 2018. Beef will be available in late fall.

Cuts:

Ground beef and stew meat come in 1 lb. packages and cost $10/lb.

Brisket, chuck roast, top round roast weigh about 3-4 lbs. and cost $11/lb.

Steaks come 2 in a package, cut 1” thick and cost between $13-$20/lb.

Short ribs come in approximately 1 lb. packages and cost $10/lb.

Stew bones cost $6/lb.

Please use this order form to order your meat!

About MHOF

Many Hands Organic Farm has been in existence since 1982 and has been selling to the public since 1985. We were first certified organic by the Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association in 1987.

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