Frequently asked questions

What is hanging weight and why do you charge by hanging weight?

First: Terminology. Live weight is how much the animal weighs when it's out in the pasture. Hanging weight is how much the animal weighs "on the hook", or after it's been slaughtered, skinned, the guts removed. In short, hanging weight is mostly meat, but still includes a lot of bones that aren't usable by most. "Cut and wrapped" weight is how many pounds of actual meat you end up with in your freezer. Most farmers or wholesale stores sell their animals based on hanging weight which may or may not include slaughter and butchering fees (ask before you commit!). It makes sense to use hanging weight because that's how the butchers also charge the farmers: they charge the butchering fees based on hanging weight or "on the hook". We include everything in our price per pound.

What do our pigs eat?

Our pigs are Forest Fed pigs. Pigs are omnivorous creatures, and we can often see them foraging for earthworms, grubs, eating roots and grasses, treating themselves to acorns and apples in the fall. Our pigs are also supplemented with fresh produce daily throughout the year, as well as spent beer grain, and high quality grain. Each years natural forest floor varies and no two groups of woodlot pigs will produce identical-tasting pork.

What do our beef cows eat?

Our beef is raised on pasture and eat grass year round. Consuming fresh grass in the summer and fall, and fresh, baled hay(grass) in the winter and early spring.

Where is your farm located?

We are located in Gilmanton Iron Works, NH. Our address is 99 Hatch Rd. We are between Stage Rd (Potter Farms) and Gilmanton Rd. Coming from Stage, our farm is on the right tucked back in off of the road. We are a fully functional, working farm and thus we are open by appointment only. Please call to make an appointment to visit (603)393-1083

What animals do we raise here and what do we do with them?

We have pigs, rabbits, and cows for meat. We also raise chicken, duck, geese, and turkey for consumption. Lastly, we raised laying hens and ducks for eggs.

What is the average hanging weight and cost per pig?

Average hanging weight for a whole pig= 180-230 lbs (depends on season) Cost per pig is $5.50/lb based on hanging weight and includes everything. So, if you have a 200 lb hanging weight, total cost would be $1,100. For half, it would be half.

Do you treat your animals with antibiotics or hormones?

No. We pride ourselves in raising our animals and poultry in environments that are disease free because of our natural and eco friendly management systems. Sometimes, an animal may get sick and need "treatment", but more often than not, we are able to treat with good old mother nature using a combination of essential oils, herbs, roots, and homeopathic blends that have antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitic or antibiotic, such as garlic, honey or oregano, properties to heal our animals and poultry. WE NEVER USE HORMONES! FOR ANYTHING!

Do you offer a CSA?

Yes, we offer 3 options of Meat CSA share at this time. The Meat CSA shares offered cover Small Family (1-2 people), Family(3-4), and Large Family(4+). The Meat CSA includes a variety of Pork, Beef and Chicken cuts each month and is picked up from the farm on the 2nd Saturday of the month, June through November.

What if I can't make my pick up day for my CSA?

While we strive to keep CSA Share pick up dates consistent, we understand that people live busy lives and have other comittments. If you have a Saturday that doesn't work, please let us know so we can make arrangements for another date for pick up.

Where can I find your products?

Our products can be found all year round locally at our farm in Gilmanton Iron Works, Alton Country Store, Local in Pittsfield, Belknap Foodshed (delivery to Meredith & Laconia), and NH Farm to Door (Delivery to Gilmanton, Alton, Barnstead, Pittsfield, Chichester, Strafford & Concord). You can also find our products seasonally at Gilmanton's Own (April-December), Gilmanton Community Farmer's Market (June-October) & Barnstead Area Farmers Market (June-October).