This post contains affiliate links. It’s been seven years since we were able to order a whole hog direct from the farmer. We decided to purchase one again this year because the farmer we buy our grass-fed beef from was offering hogs for the first time in years and because we want to have our freezer stocked for the winter. I estimate all this meat should last us for a year. I love buying direct from a local farmer. If you’re interested in doing the same, here is an idea of what you get when you order a whole hog direct from the farmer.
What Cuts Are Available?
We could choose standard cuts that the farmer determines, or we could choose our own. We opted for choosing our own.
The order contained the following cuts and quantities:
Chops, Steaks & Roasts
(Note–The above picture is only of the chops, roasts, and steaks. Somehow in the process of putting this all away, we forgot to take a picture of the bacon, sausage and ground pork.)
Pork Chops (7 packs of 4 chops)
Hind Let Steak (9)
Ribs (2 packages)
Country Style Ribs (2 packages)
Center Loin Roast (11)
Shoulder Roast (2)
Shoulder Steak (5)
Picnic Roast (4)
Sirloin End Roast (2)
Hind Leg Roast (2)
Bacon, Sausage & Ground Pork
Bacon (13 packages)
Italian Sausage (2)
Breakfast Sausage (2)
Cajun Sausage (2)
Chorizo Sausage (2)
Ground Pork (4)
How Much Is a Whole Hog Direct from the Farmer
We paid $550 and got 136 pounds of meat by buying a whole hog direct from the farmer. That means we paid $4.04 per pound.
I consider this an excellent bargain because we typical pay $4.99 for a 12 oz. package of Simple Truth bacon or $3.50 for a 12 oz. package of Simple Truth sausage.
We almost never buy ham or pork chops at the grocery store. Instead, we usually get a few pieces in our ButcherBox subscription that we get once every few months, so we got much more pork with this order than we’re used to.
I’m glad to have our freezer stocked with pork. In the late fall, we’ll likely put in another order for 1/4 side of beef, and then we’ll be fully stocked with meat for the winter.