What is a Half Hog Share?

Half hog shares are a wonderful way to reduce your grocery bill, stock your freezer full of local, humanely-raised meat, and take a stab at eating tail-to-snout! Before joining this adventure, a few things you should consider:

Freezer Space

The first thing you need to consider before signing up: do you have a freezer? If not, you need to buy one. A half of a pig takes a lot of room. It will not fit in a standard freezer on the side/top of your fridge. You need to have a separate freezer that has plenty of room.

Reduce Your Grocery Bill

Really? Yes! Have you witnessed the rising cost of bacon or had a hard time finding a pork roast without the use of antibiotics? A half hog share from us guarantees your freezer is filled with humanely-raised pork. Pigs that have a large space to roam and graze. They have been raised with access to pasture and root crops for their digging pleasure. They have been fed things like whey from local farms, spent grains from the beer brewing process, and given a lot of attention and love. You can’t really find that at the grocery store. In addition to that, you will pay a flat per pound amount based on the hanging weight of your specific hog. While it will be a larger up front cost, in the long run, purchasing in bulk, you will be saving money.

What do I get?

Getting a half hog share is as adventurous as you want it to be. If you are a standard pork lover and want thick pork chops, bacon, sausage, and a boston butt, you got it! You can order your meat to your exact specification, whether it’s 3/4″ or 1″ chops, wrapped in packs of 2 or 4. You will have total control over how your share will be cut and wrapped. You can even get all sausage if your heart desires!

But getting a half hog share allows you to be a little more adventurous too! If you want to try things like making your own sausage, curing your own pork belly, rendering lard, or even trying head cheese or pate, here is your chance! You can literally eat a pig tail-to-snout and get every scrap of your share. And we are here to help. We have experimented with every part of our pigs. They are delicious and so much fun for the adventurous cook. We hope to share recipes and maybe even some classes at the farm for some of these more advanced cooking ideas.

Ready for half a hog?

Jump over to our Products & Pricing page for details.

Buying Meat Chickens: How it Works

We’re thrilled to offer pastured meat chickens for our community. Each year looks a little different, but here’s a quick overview of how we sell our chickens. Click HERE to learn more about our Freedom Ranger chickens.

How many pastured meat chickens should I order?

We encourage you to think about how often your family eats chicken and how much freezer space you have available. We also encourage you to divide the number of chickens you plan to purchase across all available pickup dates.

For example, if you would like to have one roasted chicken per month, you will need 12 birds and should pick up four birds at each date (the amount of pickup dates varies each year). Our family usually eats one chicken per week so we plan for 50 chickens/year. Some customers plan extra chickens for the last pickup to stock up for winter and help with summer freezer space.

How do I reserve my chickens? How much do they cost?

To reserve your chickens, you must submit a deposit along with your order form. For every chicken you order, you will send in a $5 deposit. So, for 12 birds, you would send a $60 deposit. That amount is deducted from your pickup cost. When you come to pick up your order, each chicken is weighed and bagged. The chickens cost $4.50/lb, so if the chicken weights 4 lbs., it would cost $18, minus the $5 deposit and you would owe $13 at pickup.

Do you really process them yourselves? 

Yes. We really do. Also following strict AWA standards.

Chicken feet? SERIOUSLY?

Yup. you can choose to take home your chicken feet with you. You can also take the neck, liver, and gizzards too. For chicken newbies, you might be thinking why on earth would I want the feet?!? Well, the feet are incredible sources of vitamins, minerals, and gelatin. The easiest way to enjoy the wonderful things inside chicken feet is to make chicken stock. It’s a great way to stretch the chicken you just bought too. Not only do you get the meat, but you also get some yummy stock to add to soup or other dishes too! A nutritional bonus.

Pick up day. What do I need to bring? What do I need to know?

Before pickup day, you will receive an email reminder that explains all of the instructions, so you don’t need to remember this now. The whole chickens are placed in simple plastic bags and are fresh, not frozen. For many of you, your chickens are destined for the freezer, so feel free to bring heavy duty freezer bags with you. We can put your chickens straight in there so you don’t have to worry about the messy transfer at home. You should also bring a cooler to transport the chickens. Optional pickup day supplies: beverages, instruments, camping chair! We are often hanging out, enjoying a cold one, and playing music on these days. You are more than welcome to join in.

Ok. Now I have a whole chicken. What do I do?  HALP!

FIRST. When you bring home your chicken, we recommend that you let it rest in your fridge for at least 1 day and up to 4 days before you cook OR freeze it. We have come to find over the years, this resting phase is crucial to a tender, juicy end product. The resting process allows the muscles, tendons, and meat to relax. Of course, many people cook them right away and they ain’t bad, but you will notice a more tender, juicier bird if you allow a rest time. Now on to the cooking part…

Many people are not accustomed to cooking whole chickens. Our convenience driven society has taken this skill away from most modern home kitchens. So, we’re here to help bring it back. We are hoping to host a little cook day this year on the farm, but in the meantime, here is a post that will help. It has links to tutorials to demonstrate cutting up a chicken, several basic roasting recipes, plus some ideas on using leftover chicken too! And of course, making chicken stock is one of the best things you can do to stretch the chicken for additional meals and to boost your nutrition too! As always, please please contact us if you need some help. We LOVE talking food, it’s the entire reason we started in the farm business to begin with!

So, this whole process seems super cool, could we like come watch you or tour your setup?

Uh-huh. In fact, our “processing” days depend on volunteers and helpers. Even if you’ve never done this before, your presence is welcome! We have many jobs that land on the spectrum between “down and dirty”  and “just here to observe, thanks.”  We truly value all our helpers on processing day and you get to learn a bit of old world self-sufficiency. Plus, you get to take home a free chicken for your time, score! Let us know if you’d like to visit or volunteer by emailing callywoodfarms@gmail.com. For those that are interested in using our equipment and experience to help process your own chickens, we are happy to do that too…all we ask is that you pitch in on processing day.

Callywood Farms Tornado Mushrooms!

Hi friends! On April 13, a tornado touched down in Oconee County, SC. Originating in our small town and roughly our backyard, the tornado tore through causing utter devastation to our neighboring towns, Seneca (home to BJ’s music studio), and beyond. Our hearts and hands have been as present there, giving time and energy where possible. If you’d like to donate to an organization leading the change there, visit United Way of Oconee County Tornado Relief Fund – https://bit.ly/2yPSfI6.  In fact, 10% of all funds raised on the campaign, Callywood Farms will make a direct contribution to the United Way! Your $ contribution is a double whammy…mushrooms and community building!

As for Callywood Farms: We were pretty lucky. No houses, structures, cars, farm equipment, or animals (ohmygosh no animals) were seriously damaged. We’ve been repairing pig fences like crazy, clearing a path to normal operations, lost the kiddo treehouse fortress, but no severe structural damage. Which is truly astonishing when you look at the trees that came down. The back of our property sustained the worst of it. Whether tornado or micro burst, several of our favorite, oldest, and most beautiful trees were destroyed. White oak, red oak, beech, maple, hickory, chestnut, pine, you name it. Please watch the video and you can see some amazing footage/shots of it. All laying on the ground in the steep back of our property that is inaccessible…However, we’d like to make something beautiful and EDIBLE out of what otherwise could be nothing.

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Although we did make it through the storm without heavy losses, many in our network have asked how they could support us following the storm. So this is how anyone interested can do just that: We’d like to fund a MUSHROOM campaign. We’re asking for your support in purchasing a large quantity of spawn and supplies to inoculate the fallen hardwoods with mushrooms! We’ve got an expert working with us to develop a plan and help procure the spawn – now, we just need the tools and capital to fund it.  This plan will allow us to grow and provide organic, high-quality, culinary mushrooms for our community and add more bio-diversity to our land and Callywood Farms offerings.

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Here’s the project budget so you know exactly where your money is going:
Mushroom Spawn: $1200
Inoculation tools & wax: $500
Drills and drill bits/parts: $300
Cub cadet vehicle repair: $1200
Marketing and promotional material: $800
Mushroom expert consult: $200
Chainsaw repairs and parts: $300
DONATION TO UNITED WAY: $500!!!
TOTAL: $5000

We plan to thank those who donate and become part of our team with the following:
$10+: Callywood Farms sticker
$20+: Hug Your Farmer sticker
$50+: Callywood Farms tshirt & sticker
$100+: 2 t-shirts & 2 stickers
$200+: 2 shirts, 2 stickers & you’ll get to come fill a basket from the first mushroom fruiting (~1-2 years out)
$500+: All of the previously stated goodies & a supreme Callywood Farms basket/offering: a keg of homebrew made in your honor and growlers of it (of the whole thing if you got the setup), sourdough bread, animal welfare approved eggs, various pork cuts, and seasonal veggie/herbs

Here’s a link to the GoFundMe page – https://www.gofundme.com/f/CWFtornadoshrooms

And to the YouTube video where you can see some of the pictures – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkehjOFhVY4&feature=youtu.be

6th Annual Summer Solstice Farm & Music Festival

June 22nd, 2019.  Gates 2pm, Live Music 3-8pm

Home Grown BBQ, Home brewed Beers, Little Farmers play area,
Live Music, Camping and much more!!!  
We are so excited for this year’s Solstice Fest!!!  Please check out the EVENT PAGE and the FB EVENT for info on bands, ticketing, FAQs and much more.
Mark your calendars and come join us for all the usual Farmy-Farmyness you’ve come to expect over the years.  We are pleased to announce that our headlining band this year will be our good friend, Eli Edwards, performing a set with his full band.  See you there!

2018 Summer Solstice Farm & Music Festival

Home Grown BBQ, Home brewed Beers, Little Farmers play area,
Live Music, and much more! CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS NOW
Live Music By:
  • Travers Brothership
  • Amongst The Trees
  • Eli Edwards Project
  • The Wild Pines
  • Rebecca Smith Kids Jamboree
  • Farmer B
Home-brew sampling sponsored by Fallow Brew Supply (included in ticket price for 21+)
SweetWater Brewing Company & Carolina Bauernhaus beer available on tap for sale
Your ticket includes admission to all festival activities, Callywood Farms home-grown BBQ plate (with sides prepared by Sister’s Restaurant), and sampling of home-brew beer.
Please see ticketing details below. There are many ticket levels so please read through and see which one applies to you. Cheaper tickets available for folks not wanting beer or BBQ. We love designted drivers! Kids need tickets. 6 & Under is free but you still need to enter a ticket for them so we can properly account for attendance.
Contact callywoodfarms@gmail.com with any questions.
Volunteer opportunies available for discounted/free admission. Please contact for details.
Attendance will be capped at 200 people, and we do expect to sell out, so please buy your ticket in advance!

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No! But of course only 21+ to purchase/consume beer. Please be prepared to show ID when purchasing beer tickets.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Free parking is available across the street at our neighbor’s house. There will be clearly marked signs for this area. Only vehicles displaying ADA permit may park down at the farm. Please don’t pull down our driveway unless you have ADA permit or prior approval to do so. There will be a shuttle provided every 15 minutes from the parking area, or you may walk the 1/4 mile down the driveway to the event.

What can I bring into the event?

  • You, your family, & a smile. This is a family friendly event & we even have a “Little Farmers” play area & a kids’ concert
  • Chairs/Blankets/Hammocks/anything to lounge on while you listen to music and enjoy the fest.
  • Any and all instruments for jamming around the bonfire at night
  • Water (or just cups if you don’t mind drinking from the hydrant)
  • Extra snacks beyond Saturday dinner and Sunday egg breakfast
  • Sun Screen
  • Bug Spray!!! (this is a must)
  • Flashlights/Lanterns (you will be walking thru the farm after dark)
  • Clothes & Shoes appropriate for the farm (ok to get down and dirty)
  • Camping Gear (if you plan to stay over). Camping is encouraged…Be Safe people!
  • Camping Chairs/Blankets
  • Rain jackets (rain or shine baby!)
  • Shade/Pop Up Tent (if you have one, please bring as we always need extra shade during the afternoon)
  • Yard & tailgate games

What can I not bring into the event?

  • Your Dog (dogs + free range chickens = no bueno)
  • Fireworks (scares the farm animals, sorry)
  • Outside alcohol (trust us…we got you covered. We are friends with very generous brewers)
  • No weapons of any kind. Please and Thank you.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email BJ or Amanda at callywoodfarms@gmail.com

What’s the refund policy?

Refunds will be given up to 7 days in advance of the event. The event will be rain or shine.

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS NOW

 

2018 Pastured Chickens!

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Friends! We are so so grateful to our community that continues to support this little family operation! And so we’re back (not from outerspace) with 2018 pastured chicken dates!

CWF 2018 Pastured Chicken Order Form

For those of you that are new, join us! Here’s how it works…

  1.  You decide how many chickens you want at the three pickup dates: June 9, August 18, October 27. The number of chickens varies greatly for each custome and should depend on your family size and freezer space. The chickens are whole (key to remember for freezer space).
  2. You reserve your chickens with a $5 deposit per chicken (mail or paypal) and your order form.
  3. You show up on pickup day between 2-5pm to get your ultra-local, pastured chicken.
  4. Cook your chicken and taste the difference!

For everyone:

  • This year there will be smaller batches in June and October. Please be mindful when ordering! This is to accommodate Solstice Fest (yup, chicken will be on the menu this year!) and Turkeys (!!!) in the fall. Please try to put your larger, stock-up order for the August date. We will operate on a “first come, first serve” basis with orders, so please get your orders in ASAP.
  • If a pickup date does not work, please let us know. We have so many families from similar neighborhoods and I’m sure we can help you arrange a chicken pickup carpool!
  • More info on turkeys soon!

CWF 2018 Pastured Chicken Order Form