What is a hog share?

It’s simple. You purchase a whole or portion of a live hog, called a share, and Lola Sonoma Farms handles the rest – from raising and harvesting the animal to coordinating with the butcher and ensuring you have a great experience throughout the process.  

What exactly will I receive?

The live weight of each of our pigs at harvest is approximately 150 lbs., which will yield approximately 90 lbs. of cuts.  We are offering four options: 1) a whole hog processed into cuts; 2) a half hog processed into cuts; 3) a whole, dressed hog; and 4) a half, dressed hog. Dressed whole or half hogs are partially butchered pigs that are ideal for family-style pig roasts or if you prefer to butcher the pig yourself.  For pork ordered in cuts, the standard cut sheet provides a mix of your favorite cuts, including:

~17.5 lbs. of hams

~14.5 lbs. of loin

~ 14.5 lbs. of pork belly (which can be smoked and sliced into bacon)

~ 5.5 lbs. of Boston butt

~ 7.5 lbs. of picnic roasts

~ 4 lbs. of spareribs

~ 3 lbs. of feet

~ 3 lbs. of head

~ 14.5 lbs. of lard

~ 2 lbs. of jowl

~ 5.5 lbs. of misc. trim

Sausage is available for an extra fee. The butcher double wraps the meat in butcher paper, which is a sustainable, compostable material, rather than plastic wrap. The double-wrap paper is freezer safe for up to three years. Once the meat is wrapped, it is immediately frozen for 48-72 hours before its customer-ready.

Who is processing the meat?

We are partnering with Bud’s Custom Meats in Penngrove, CA, to process our pigs. Family-owned and operated since 1975, Bud’s provides exceptional meat products, while promoting sustainability of local agricultural resources. Their humane approach to butchering and focus on sustainability aligns with our values at Lola Sonoma Farms.

Why are these pigs special?

Kunekunes (pronounced: koonē, koonē) are a small, heritage-breed hog that were domesticated in New Zealand. Our pigs roam freely in the pasture to feed naturally on grass, herbs, acorns and roots. We supplement their diet with certified organic, soy-free, non-GMO feed from Modesto Milling.  Our slow-growth approach to raising pigs results in a flavorful, marbled meat with good quality, useable fat.

How much does it cost?

Here is the breakdown:

Whole and half share processed into cuts: $12.00/lb. for packaged cuts.  For example, a whole hog share resulting in 90 lbs of packaged cuts from a 150 lb live pig would cost 90 x $12.00 = $1,080.00

If you would like to purchase a smaller pig, please contact us to discuss pricing. 

Why buy in bulk?

Buying in bulk directly from your farmer has advantages:

  •          Know exactly where your meat originates and how the animals are raised – with love on an open      pasture!

  •          It’s cheaper and tastier than buying meat at a grocery store.

  •          It supports your local farmer. 

What are the next steps?

We have several pigs that come into maturity every couple of months. Given the number of pigs on our farm, this is a first-come, first-served limited quantity program. To reserve your share, a deposit is required.

Whole Hog Share Deposit: $200.00

Half Hog Share Deposit:  $100.00

We will contact you to let you know your number in the queue and when you can expect to receive your share.Your balance is due when your hog is ready for harvest and processing. 

Sign me up! How do I order?

Visit our online shop to place a deposit and be added to the queue.

How do I get my finished pork?

Once ready, you can pick up your order at the farm or from Bud’s Custom Meats at 7750 Petaluma Hill Road in Penngrove, CA, just outside of Petaluma. We will coordinate your pickup date and time with the butcher on your behalf.

For orders outside of California, Lola Sonoma Farms can coordinate shipping via UPS 2nd Day Air. Please keep in mind that shipping outside of California can quickly become expensive.  Let’s discuss how to get you this delicious pork!

How much freezer space will I need?

Generally, 35 lbs. of meat will fit one cubic foot of freezer space. A standard kitchen refrigerator/freezer combination is approximately seven cubic feet of freezer space, meaning 245 lbs. of meat could fit in an empty, standard freezer – well over a whole share of pig. However, if you do not have enough freezer space, investing in a deep freezer may be an option for you. You can find quality models for a reasonable price at Best Buy, Sears or Lowes. A seven cubic foot freezer will easily fit a whole hog and open your world to buying meat in bulk.

Questions?

If you have additional questions, please send us a message through the contact page on our website. 


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