Happy heritage breed pigs raised on pasture
for your family
organic & sustainable methods
We sell out every year ... reserve your fall pig early in the year!
(Reserve with deposit by April 1 & get $.10/lb discount)
Reservations for Fall 2024 open in January for last year's customers and February for everyone else.
Write me to get a heads-up email when reservations open.
SEE BELOW for the details about SkyLines Farm happy, healthy pastured pigs!
SkyLines happy healthy pastured pigs line up for ear scratches.
SKYLINES PIGS LIVE THE GOOD LIFE . . . READ ON for all the details...
What's the difference?
Contact me today to confirm availability & reserve your fall
The vast majority of pigs raised in this country never get to see sunshine, green grass...or even feel the cool earth under their feet. Why?
because they spend their entire lives in confinement animal feeding operations (CAFO's). These are huge buildings that house many hundreds (often thousands) of pigs,
living in pens with concrete or slatted metal
under artificial lighting, in a completely
controlled environment. They're fed a high-calorie grain-based diet that often consists of GMO corn and soy laced with antibiotics and other drugs to combat the diseases
that occur in this unnatural environment.
What kind of life is this? How can we support an industry that supports such values?
How can we feed our families food that's been grown this way?
SkyLines Farm has a different idea about how animals should live. Since 1992 we've been raising animals using time-tested
organic and sustainable methods that
respect both the animals and the land we share.
Just like our beef cattle (and the lambs we raised for 20+ years), SkyLines pigs truly do live a great life. They were born on pasture at their home farm
and spend the summer grazing the SkyLines Farm lush green pastures. The pigs never receive antibiotics,
chemical wormers, or any chemicals or drugs at all. Healthy animals living on a healthy farm don't need them. (If one should fall ill it'd be treated of course,
and then sold through conventional channels - not to my customers.)
SkyLines pigs are in "hog heaven" on our lush green pastures.
Our heritage breed pigs live in large outdoor spaces and thrive on the natural foods
that used to make pigs such an indispensable part of a family farm. They absolutely love grazing and rooting in our green pastures, they adore the extra veggies from
the organic garden and the extra eggs from the chickens, devour the farm's bounty of cherries, plums, apples & crabapples, and happily excavate and eat shrubs and
small trees that I want cleared from the pastures. For extra protein and calories, the pigs also get a daily ration of locally-grown, non-GMO grains (barley, peas, & camelina
with a special pig mineral blend added). No corn or soy - ever.
This healthful varied diet, along with the fresh air and exercise the SkyLines pigs enjoy every day,
produces a vibrantly happy healthy animal and also vastly superior meat. Compared to the typical white, mushy, tasteless grocery-store pork, SkyLines Farm pork
has real-mmm-flavor and real
SkyLines Farm customers think so too...they
tell me again and again that SkyLines pork is incredibly tender and delicious.
(see bottom of this page for more than
30 years of happy customer comments on our pork, beef, and lamb.)
Are SkyLines Farm pigs certified organic?
As with my beef (and lamb for 21 years), the quality of SkyLines Farm pigs is certified only by my long list of happy customers who come back year after year.
The families who buy from me understand the true value of eating healthy, well-grown food, and they've also made a conscious
choice to be part of the solution.
Let's face it - America's corporate food system has problems. By purchasing from SkyLines Farm you're choosing
to support sustainable agricultural practices and America's small farmers. And you're also supporting your local economy by keeping some of
your food dollars right here!
SkyLines pigs enjoy goodies tossed over the fence from the organic vegetable garden all summer.
When are SkyLines pigs available?
Do you ship?
In the fall of each year. Reservations with deposits are accepted
until all animals are reserved. Reserved animals are processed and delivered
September - November. We sell out every year. Most years, all of the years's animals are
reserved months in advance, so
please get your reservation in early to avoid disappointment.
Sorry, shipping is not available. SkyLines pigs and beef are only sold locally. See the delivery locations listed below, under
"Getting Your Order Home."
Do you know your farmer?
Many of my customers enjoy making personal
connections with the farmers who grow their food. They've come to SkyLines Farm to meet me and meet the animals, and seen for themselves how their
food is raised. Visitors are always amazed and delighted to see how calm, relaxed, and clearly happy the SkyLines Farm animals are. (Everyone around here enjoys
the good life, including the farmer, and it shows!) You too are encouraged to schedule a farm visit - write or call to set up your visit today.
SkyLines Farm, Harvard ID
>> Located in beautiful northern Idaho,
south of Coeur d'Alene & north of Moscow. <<
SKYLINES FARM PIGS HOW TO ORDER
Here's how it works: You purchase a live
pig from me, and as a free service to my customers I
make the processing arrangements for you.
If an entire pig is more meat than you need, purchase a half-pig and I will coordinate your order with other customers'
orders so you can share the purchase of an entire animal.
HOW IS THE PRICE CALCULATED?
Like most small farmers I don't have a certified scale on my farm
to weigh your live animal for you, so the common practice is to calculate your purchase price based on
the processor's "hanging weight" of the animal. This is the weight of the useable portions of the slaughtered animal before
cutting and wrapping. In addition, you pay the processing fee for custom cutting, wrapping, and freezing.
(Reserve with deposit by April 1 & get $.10/lb hanging weight discount)
Half Pig or Whole Pig
$5.75/lb hanging weight
+ processing which averages about $360/whole pig, $180/half pig. This estimate includes the extra charges for the typical amount of
ham, bacon, sausage that
most customers request. Processing fees for your pig will vary, based on how much
of your pig you order as cured & smoked ham or bacon and/or made into sausage.
*Since you are purchasing an individual animal, actual price will depend on the actual weight.
*Hanging weights vary, and average about 200 lbs/whole pig, 100 lbs/half pig. Feel free to specify if
you'd prefer an animal in the smaller or larger range.
*Processing cost includes $100 for harvesting & transporting the animal plus $1.00/lb hanging weight for your custom cutting & wrapping. Smoking
of ham and bacon and some sausage options
are extra, as described below under Available Cuts.
DEPOSIT & PAYMENT
A nonrefundable deposit is required to reserve an animal. Your deposit will be deducted from your balance due at delivery.
Deposits are $400/whole pig, $200/half-pig. Make your payment with a personal check mailed to the farm or
online via PayPal. You can use your PayPal account balance, or quickly & easily pay with a
credit card even if you don't have a PayPal account.
Payment of the balance is due at delivery,
once I know the exact weight of your animal. At delivery, you will also pay the processor's fee with a second check (separate checks required by Idaho law).
>> Please contact me
to confirm availability before making
payment for a reservation.
YOUR CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS
In early fall I will contact you to get your
cutting instructions and to discuss a tentative date (September or November) & location for delivery.
Every fall I arrange to have each of the SkyLines reserved pigs
professionally and humanely slaughtered, either right here on the farm or at one of my two favorite
local, family-owned, custom meat processors in the Moscow,
ID area (C&L Locker or Potlatch Pack).
is then carefully cut to your specifications, double-wrapped with plastic film and
heavy-duty freezer paper, labeled with your name, the date and cut, and placed in a commercial freezer until it's ready
to go into your own home freezer.
After cutting, the cured meats you have ordered (bacon, ham, sausage) will be prepared to your specifications. Once
the cured meats are ready, your entire order will be ready. The process usually takes 3-4 weeks from the time your pig is harvested.
GETTING YOUR ORDER HOME
When your order is nearly ready I'll email you with your delivery date, time & location along with an invoice for the balance due on or before delivery
day. I do my best to give 5 days notice of your delivery schedule. Your meat will arrive cut, wrapped, frozen solid & boxed. If you'll be putting your meat into a freezer within an
hour or so of delivery you shouldn't need to bring coolers. However if you plan to do shopping or have a distance to travel home, please do bring coolers, ice, and/or heavy
to make sure your meat arrives home still in its safe, frozen solid condition.
SHIPPING NOT AVAILABLE
delivery is available to Lewiston, Moscow,
Coeur d'Alene, Sandpoint, Post Falls, Spokane. To conserve fuel I consolidate multiple
deliveries in each area to a centralized meeting place.
Sorry, SkyLines pigs are only sold locally. See the delivery locations listed above.
AVAILABLE CUTS FROM HALF OR WHOLE PIG
Choose 1 option for each item below
- Chop Thickness: 3/4" OR 1" OR 1-1/4" OR 1-1/2"
- Chops per Package 2 OR 3 OR 4
- Average Roast Size: 2-3# OR 3-4#
- Shoulder Arm Roasts: yes OR sausage
- Shoulder: steaks/chops OR 4"x7" slices of bacon OR roasts OR Country style spare ribs (more meat, less bone) OR sausage
- Loin: roast OR chops OR sausage
- Standard spare ribs (rack of ribs): yes OR sausage
- Country style spare ribs (more meat, less bone): yes OR sausage
Pork Belly options, choose one:
- Fresh uncured pork belly
- Cured pork belly/bacon sliced medium thickness (avg. 12# from whole pig)
- Cured pork belly/bacon whole, unsliced
Leg options (avg. 18# each, 2 per whole pig). Choose one option for half pig, two for whole pig:
- Fresh uncured boneless leg roast (hock not available)
- Ham/cured leg roast, choose 1: Cut in half (whole ham not available) OR Cut in half with a few steaks OR Mini ham (4-5# boneless roasts) OR All steaks
- Ham hock separated from leg: yes OR no (hocks only available w/halved ham)
Styles: Bulk ground sausage and skin-on sausage links, 5 lb minimum per style and flavor
Half pig: Avg. 10# sausage. Order bulk ground and/or links, up to two flavors.
Whole pig: Avg. 20# sausage. Order bulk ground and/or links, up to four flavors.
(Extra charges below for sausage are FYI and included in the average costs under "Prices, average processing" above.)
Bulk Ground Sausage (1 lb packages, no extra charge):
flavors for bulk ground (5 lb. minimum per flavor): Unseasoned ground pork - Breakfast - Italian - Chorizo (additional $.75/lb).
Skin-On Link Sausage, choose fresh or smoked for each flavor (link sausages about 6" long, extra charges):
- Fresh links in seasoning flavors below (extra $2.75/lb) - yes
- Smoked links in seasoning flavors below (extra $3.75/lb) - yes
Seasoning flavors for fresh or smoked links (5 lb. minimum per flavor): Breakfast (fresh only) - Polish - Bratwurst - Italian (fresh only) - Jalapeno Cheddar Bratwurst (additional $.75/lb) - Chorizo (smoked only, additional $.75/lb).
- Leaf lard for rendering in bulk (average 2.5lbs per whole pig), at hanging weight price: yes OR no
>> When I contact you in the fall to confirm your cutting instructions I'll attach this order form, for you to complete and return to me. <<
Contact me today for more information or to reserve your fall
SkyLines Farm, Harvard ID,
>> Located in beautiful northern Idaho,
south of Coeur d'Alene & north of Moscow. <<
WHAT HAVE FOLKS BEEN SAYING ABOUT SKYLINES PORK, BEEF & LAMB? (Lamb no longer available)
Our customers have been raving
for 30+ years. Here's a sampling . . .
Just wanted to let you know how much we are enjoying the pork. The chops were the best Dan and I have ever had.
By far and away. He cooked them on the grill and they were fantastic. Also enjoying the sausages so far.
Dan & Carol, Deary, ID
Thanks for the wonderful meat (beef & pork), Melissa! Looking forward to enjoying it for another year.
Nick & Jessica Johnson, Sagle, ID
We wanted to let you know that the beef is the best we've ever had. Mike is loving it and it is truly amazing!!
I am a vegan and even tasted some. It has a great taste even being grass fed. Truly been amazing having it and
thank you very much!
Mike & Deb, Moscow ID
Your pork is delicious and we have been enjoying it very much. I am so happy that it
doesn't have the unpleasant pork taste of store bought pork. Thank you!
Stacy, Post Falls ID
Hi Melissa, I'll be ordering another half beef and half pig this year. It is delicious!!! Thanks so much for
providing food the way you do. I had almost decided to go vegetarian rather than eat what is in the stores. I
feel safe eating this, and I feel good about how you take care of them, all the way to the end.
Linda Lockhart, Rathdrum, ID
We have tried some chops, ham hock, and sausage so far, the (pig) meat is incredibly flavorful. Wanted to let you know we
are enjoying it very much. Thanks!
Happy New Year,
Dave Karl, Waitsburg, WA
Hi Melissa, Dolan and I just wanted to drop you an email to say how wonderful
the pig is. We had one of the hams last week and it was so very delicious. The pork chops are over the moon. We will want to order
again for sure, maybe a whole one, we are using this half pretty quick because of the great quality. Thank you for caring
so much about your meat quality. Just can't say enough. Thank you!
Margie Kaiser, Cheney, WA
"Hi Melissa, I've been meaning to write you for a few weeks now about how much we're enjoying our pork. Wow, so delicious!
The fat on the ham is quite possibly the best tasting fat ever! Also, I'd never opened a package of raw and unseasoned ground pork and
thought 'mmm, that smells good,' until my first package of plain ground pork from one of your pigs. Unsurpassed quality and taste.
Cheri Tilford, Sandpoint, ID
Hi Melissa, "Wonderful! I want to let you know that we are extremely happy with the half beef that you provided! The meat is very tender and
flavorful! The cuts were perfect to my specifications. We are very interested in purchasing a pig. I have never done a pig before and would like
specifications on how to order and what to expect.
Thanks again for a wonderful experience!"
Jessie Hogan, Clarkston, WA
"We're looking forward to another wonderful year of delicious pork! Thank you for what you do, Melissa. It's
wonderful to be able to set the example for our almost four-year-old daughter how important it is to buy humanely, responsibly raised meat. It's delicious
and we feel good about supporting good, local farmers who care for these animals so well instead of the commercially raised meats and all the suffering and
environmental damage that includes. We're so lucky to have you here locally. Be sure to keep us on your list for next year's purchase!"
Dena Durham, Pullman WA
"Your pork is amazing! I had no idea it was possible that pork could taste like this. It's incredible.
You have a lifelong customer. Do you only have pork available once a year? If you'll have more this year I'd like to buy it. Thank you!"
Peter Zeischegg, MS, DC, DACNB, Sandpoint, ID
"Best Pig Ever. Hi Melissa, just wanted to tell you that we are very happy with the pig we got from you. The meat is exceptional,
the bacon the best ever and the processing is top notch."
Mike, Sandi & Jason Barrows, Deary, ID
"Hi Melissa, Andrea and I just wanted to pass along how much we are enjoying the half beef that we purchased from Skylines Farm.
Thank you for your efforts to produce chemical free humanly grown livestock."
Andrea & Steve Speer, Coeur d'Alene, ID
"Melissa, the beef is top notch. Nice flavor! Tonight was our first night without beef since we picked it up
(9 days ago). Great job. Thank you."
Dana & Diana Jusselin, Gennessee, ID
"Melissa, Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know how happy we've been with the beef! We've cooked some steaks by doing a
quick sear in garlic butter in a skillet and then putting it in the oven at 250 for 25-30 minutes, and WOW. Perfection! It's even
still a decent medium rare, and tender to boot! Thank you so much for your tips and the wonderful product."
Kara Kimball, Garfield, WA
"We are very pleased with the
pork we purchased from you! The ground pork is so clean and flavorful. The fat on the chops and steaks is beautiful.
It looks so pristine I almost don't want to cook it. Almost. I made a stew with the country-style ribs, braising them in
apple cider, cabbage, and mirepoix. Amazing! I also seasoned and roasted the spare ribs which came out fantastic.
I've rendered some of the leaf lard. It is pure, snow white. What a joy to cook with. Thank you for providing
us with such a high quality product!"
Dan O, Coeur d'Alene & Sandpoint, ID
"I'm coming back for more!
Hi Melissa, I'd like to reserve another half a cow. It's the most delicious beef
I've ever tasted. It's so tender, but has texture, and it doesn't have that gamey flavor some grass fed beef
can get. It's rich and buttery, just the way quality beef should be. I'm so happy I got my meat from you!"
Kirsten Cleigh, Spokane, WA
"Best bacon ever! Thank you again for raising these animals for us (pork, beef, lamb)!"
Cassandra Claridge, Grangeville, ID
SkyLines lamb customer shares a Thanksgiving
"...I've been eating Melissa's grassfed lamb since - oh,
at least 1995. It's wonderful. I'll just tell you
we had planned to serve one of Melissa's legs of
lamb for a big dinner with friends. Well, more and
more people kept getting invited so we pulled out
all our lamb chops too. On the day of the dinner we
still didn't think we'd have enough, so Jimmy went
to the supermarket and bought some more lamb chops.
When it was all
over everything was gone ... except the
store-bought lamb chops! Nobody wanted them, they
were all greasy and fatty and awful looking
compared to Melissa's. I'd never seen people leave
lamb chops on the table before!"
Nancy Gerth, Sandpoint, Idaho
"Melissa - As always, thanks so much
for all that you do. I feel SO fortunate to be able to have a humane, local
source for virtually all of our meat (beef, lamb, pork). You have changed our diet for the
better, and I take every chance I get to tell others about your operation
and treatment of animals. And speaking of dogs, give your (livestock guardian) dogs
a scratch for me."
Laura Earles, Moscow, Idaho
"This was my first year purchasing beef from you and I'm delighted with it! It's the best I've tasted in years. You will
become my only choice for meat from now on. Thanks so much, Melissa, for the outstanding quality you have produced!"
Rhonda Thomas, Oaksdale, WA