Oak Tree Pork

In summer 2017  we are taking a short break from keeping pigs. We will update this page later in 2017 to advise about future pork shares.

Our last pork shares were available in June 2017  to anyone willing to make the trip to beautiful Suffolk to collect them – you don’t need to be a member of our Community Supported Agriculture Scheme!

This really is unlike any other pork you’ve tried!

Photo credit Jonathan Cherry

Photo credit Jonathan Cherry

The shares, each of which is “half a pig”, usually known as a “side” of pork, will be available to collect from The Rose House Butcher (click for directions and opening hours) in the centre of Ipswich.

Our pork shares in June 2017 cost £125 per side. This was payable in advance to us when you reserved your share, plus payment for your choice of butchery which is due to the butcher direct when you collect:

1) If you’d like to butcher your pork yourself, please just pay Jamie the butcher £5 to say “thank you” for the chiller room space for your side of pork.

2) If you don’t want any sausages, butchery will cost you £20. We’ll contact you with a choice of cutting options nearer the time, and please pay Jamie the £20 butchery fee when you collect.

3) If you’d like sausages, butchery will cost you £25. We’ll contact you with a choice of cutting options nearer the time, and please pay Jamie the £25 butchery fee when you collect.

To reserve your share of pork please see our email (if you are on our subscribers list) or contact us (preferably by email) so we can make arrangements with you.  Pork sides are available to both members and non members alike and we will provide details of how to reserve and pay for your share.

Please note that pork sides are shared at random among pig sharers and we cannot accommodate requests for personal preferences such as a larger side, delivery to a different butcher etc – this is all part of the community supported agriculture philosophy of “sharing the risks and rewards of farming” and keeps our paperwork as simple as possible (so we can spend more time farming!)

Photo credit Jonathan Cherry

Photo credit Jonathan Cherry

A side of pork is approximately 20kg of meat, possibly more. Actual figures may vary! If this sounds like too much, why not share some of your pork with friends and family, or share a share with someone else? To keep things simple for the farm each half pig must be paid for in advance and collected as one share.

Photo credit Jonathan Cherry

Photo credit Jonathan Cherry

Pigs are excellent at clearing land infested with weeds, digging and manuring as they go. Where possible the pigs are fed on waste veg from the farm. We move the pigs around in electric fenced enclosures to cultivate and prepare land for vegetable crops.

If you can’t wait for the next round of Oak Tree Pork, we highly recommend that you pay a visit to our lovely butcher Jamie at The Rose House Butcher in the centre of Ipswich (off St Nicholas Street, near to one of the nicest bits of Ipswich, the Waterfront). Jamie and his friendly helpful team sell excellent quality meat from properly cared for animals.

Reasons for choosing Oak Tree Pork

  • Delicious pork with a range of cuts. It really is nothing like the supermarket stuff.
  • Free range pigs with exceptional welfare standards! We are proud to appear in the High Welfare Pork Directory.
  • The pigs are traditional rare breed ‘Gloucester Old Spots’. They are fattier than most supermarket pork, but fat gives the pork a wonderful favour!
  • The pigs are a key part of the The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm’s integrated agriculture approach, helping to cultivate the land in preparation for the crops.
  • We would only ever use antibiotics if a pig was genuinely ill. This has never happened! Healthy pigs do not need routine antibiotics!!!

To find out more about how we care for our pigs, please visit the virtual farm tour.

Last, these are some recipes tried and tested by our members using pork cuts from the farm pork shares:

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