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 15 & get $.10/lb discount)
SkyLines happy healthy pastured pigs line up for ear scratches.
SKYLINES PIGS LIVE THE GOOD LIFE . . .
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's treated of course, and sold through conventional channels.)
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 and peas).
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
20 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 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
all year, and 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. <<
READ ON for all the details...
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 15 & get $.10/lb discount)
Half Pig or Whole Pig
$4.25/lb hanging weight
+ processing which averages about $175/half pig, $350/whole pig. Processing fees vary, based on how much
of your pig your order as smoked and/or made into sausage. See specific prices in the cut list below.
*Since you are purchasing an individual animal, actual price will depend on the actual weight.
*Hanging weights generally range from 85-100 lbs/half pig, 170-220 lbs/whole pig. Feel free to specify if
you'd prefer an animal in the smaller or larger range.
*Processing cost includes harvesting & transporting the animal, cutting & wrapping, curing, slicing & sausage making
DEPOSIT & PAYMENT
A nonrefundable deposit is required to reserve an animal ($150/half-pig, $300/whole pig.) Make your payment with a personal check mailed to the farm or
online via PayPal (use your PayPal account balance, or quickly & easily pay with a
credit card through PayPal).
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,
once we know the exact weight of your animal.
Please contact me
to confirm availability before making
payment for a reservation. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 208/875-8747.
YOUR CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS
In early fall I will contact you to confirm 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 the type
of 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.
GETTING YOUR ORDER HOME
When your order is nearly ready, I'll contact you to
finalize arrangements for delivery. I'll be happy to
personally deliver your order at no
SHIPPING NOT AVAILABLE
delivery is currently available to Lewiston, Moscow-Pullman,
Spokane, Coeur d'Alene, Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry, and
points between. To conserve fuel I consolidate multiple
deliveries in each area to a centralized meeting place. If
you live in a community not listed here, contact me and we'll try to work out delivery arrangements.
Sorry, SkyLines pigs are only sold locally. See the delivery locations listed above.
AVAILABLE CUTS from half or whole pig. Choose the cuts you prefer. If you don't want a specific cut, that meat
will be added to your sausage.
- Chop Thickness: 3/4" - 1" - 1-1/2"
- Chops per Package 2 - 3 - 4
- Average Roast Size: 2-3# - 3-4#
- Shoulder Arm Roasts: yes - sausage
- Shoulder: steaks/chops - 4"x7" slices of bacon - roasts - Country style spare ribs (more meat, less bone) - sausage
- Loin: roast - chops - sausage
- Standard spare ribs (rack of ribs): yes - sausage
- Country style spare ribs (more meat, less bone): yes - sausage
Pork Belly, choose 1:
- Bacon sliced medium thickness (avg. 12# from whole pig)
- Bacon whole, unsliced
- Fresh uncured pork belly
Leg, choose 1 (avg. 18# each, 2 per whole pig):
- Ham/Cured leg roast: - Cut in half (whole ham not available) - Cut in half w/a few steaks- Mini/4-5# boneless roasts - All steaks
- Ham hock separated from leg: yes (hocks only available w/halved ham)
- Uncured boneless leg roast (hock not available)
Trim (Sausage) (Avg. 10# per half pig, 20# per whole pig):
Half pig: Order up to two flavors of sausage and pick either bulk or links for each.
Whole pig: Order up to four flavors of sausage and pick either bulk or links for each.
Bulk Ground Sausage (1 lb packages): yes
- Bulk Flavors (no extra charge): Unseasoned ground pork - Breakfast - Polish - German - Italian - Chorizo (additional $.65/lb)
Link Sausage: yes
- Fresh skinless links, breakfast flavor only (additional $2.00/lb): yes
- Fresh skin-on links in flavors below (additional $2.35/lb): yes
- Smoked skin-on links in flavors below (additional $3.35/lb): yes
Skin-On Link Sausage Flavors: Polish - Bratwurst - Jalapeno Cheddar Bratwurst (additional $.65/lb) - Italian (fresh only) -
Chorizo (smoked only, additional $.65/lb).
- Leaf lard for rendering in bulk (average 2.5lbs per whole pig), at hanging weight price: yes - 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,
WHAT ARE FOLKS SAYING ABOUT SKYLINES LAMB, BEEF, & PORK?
Our customers have been raving
for over 25 years. Here's a sampling . . .
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 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
"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
"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