Organic Meat & Eggs

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

Below are cultural reasons why our meat is some of the best tasting that you will encounter. 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 (h) or 978-257-1192 (cell)

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 and every two weeks move to a new area and thus live in “pig heaven”. With daily moving of poultry and frequent moving of pigs, 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 day/120 day 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.

Young chicks and turkey poults start life in the barn under brooder lights where they are daily fed organic apple cider 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 to April, sleeping at night in our permanent chicken house, and live in movable pens on pasture from April to 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.

Turkeys

We raise 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. Choose between a hen (approx. 14-18 lbs.) or a tom (approx. 20-24 lbs.) when placing your order. The turkeys will cost $6/lb. and will be available to pick up on November 23 and 24. 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).

Meat Chickens

We raise Freedom Rangers (red crosses) from JM Hatchery 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, for the soil and for our health. Meat chickens will cost $7.00/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 in on August 29.

Old Layers

At the end of their productive laying life we will be slaughtering old laying hens 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.

Eggs      2021 -2022 Winter Egg CSA

Gifts and Stocking-stuffers- eggs, soaps, salve, garlic powder

Will you miss your farm fresh organic egg delivery this winter? Don’t fret, because this is the first year we are offering a winter egg share running for 12 weeks (week of November 29 through week of February 14th).

We are offering egg pick-up at a shareholders house located conveniently in-between Holden and Worcester (near Assumption University).  Pickup will be on Wednesday’s from 2-6pm.  We will provide you the address when you sign up.  Additionally, you can also pick-up eggs at the farm in Barre (reach out directly to us for this). Eggs are available for $8/dozen, for a total of $96 for one dozen weekly during the share. You are also able to order 2 or 3 dozen per week for the season if you would like. Conveniently, you can order any shelf stable item from our Available Now list to be delivered with your eggs (just give 24 hours’ notice).

Our chickens, mostly Red Star and Pearl White Leghorns, lay brown and white eggs. From April -October the chickens live in mobile pasture homes which we move daily. Their range is rich and thick with multiple species of pasture plants. From November 1 – March 31 the chickens reside in our permanent chicken house at night and spread out to free range all over the farm during the day. The chickens receive Green Mountain certified organic grain and oyster shell free choice all year round, and during the winter they get first crack at our household scraps, leavings from lard and meat stock production, and whatever they can find in the field. Recently we have added free choice kelp back into the chickens’ offerings to make available to their diet this highly nutritious marine vegetable.

To order weekly Winter Egg CSA, click here.

Pork

Many Hands Organic Farm is proud to be one of the very few certified organic pork producers in Massachusetts. We buy our Tamworth piglets from Mill River Farm in Great Barrington, MA. We are raising 6 pigs this year so pork quantities will be limited. They will be slaughtered at Adams Farm, a USDA and organically certified processing facility in Athol, MA.  The pork will be ready for customers in late fall. We sell our pork by the pound. All cuts are $11/lb.

Cuts:

  • Ground pork and breakfast sausage come in approximately one lb. packages. Our breakfast sausage is made with sea salt, certified organic spices, and has no added sugar.
  • Pork loin chops and country style ribs come in approximately 1- 1 ½ lb. packages, 2 chops or country style ribs/package.
  • Roasts and spare ribs will weigh about 3 – 4 lbs. each.
  • Pork Stock, $7.50/quart, available year-round, frozen in quarts. An excellent source of collagen and the basis for a wonderful soup.
  • Maple Bacon is $16/lb, smoked at Vermont Packing House in Springfield, VT and made using a natural cure of celery juice, sea salt and maple syrup. Will be available mid to late December. Although the pork is certified organic, the maple bacon processing has not been organically certified.
  • Hams are $16/lb, and are usually 3-4 pounds. Smoked at Vermont Packing House in Springfield, VT and made using a natural cure of celery juice and sea salt. Will be available mid to late December. Although the pork is certified organic, the processing has not been organically certified.
Pork Stock
We sell quarts of frozen pork stock make from the bones, heads and feet of the pork. These are boiled down in 5 gallon pots of water with some sea salt and farm vinegar added. Then we puree the meat, cartilage and marrow (with some fat) and end up with a pureed product.

Lard- frozen (available anytime)

We make our certified organic lard with the fat back and leaf lard from our pigs. We render it on our wood cook stove and freeze it in quart containers. 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.

Please use this order form to order your meat!