Winter Ends & Spring Takes Over

We are seeing our round bales diminish and the fields beginning to green up.  We are hopeful that is a simultaneous event – that we have enough hay to make it til the fields are ready for the cows!   Watching things green up reminds me of daffodils that will soon be blooming, trees budding, and staying light later!  Watching the sunset here remains one of our favorite activities!

“Sunset” Valley Farms

We will be getting 8 new calves in the next week or two from the farm we partner with in Suffield.  It’s always fun to see the new ones become part of the fold … herd.  The calves are usually around 500 – 600 lbs when we get them and we raise them til they are about 20 – 24 months.  These calves turn into some pretty amazing grass fed beef!

At this time was are taking orders for pork.  In May we will be getting our piglets from Farmer Gene, right down the road, and father-in-law to our daughter Rebecca.  Gene was born and raised in Illinois and has lots of experience raising hogs.  Gene has learned Berkshire hogs are the best and we are excited that he will be supplying us with 25 this year!  Give us a call or send an email if you’d like to sign up for a half or whole pig.  We will raise them all summer and butcher in the fall … September or October.  Call Steve at 860-670-0495 or email Jan at   We will be posting pictures in May when we get the piglets!

Family Time

Enjoying some family time at the farm.  We are staying safe and healthy, and have a lot to be thankful for!  We’ve welcomed our third grandchild, Alayna Marie, into our hearts and into the home of our daughter Rebecca and her husband Evan. 

By the way, it’s Evan’s dad, Gene, who is the farmer we get our pigs from.  Gene was born and raised in Illinois and has farming in his blood!  We love his Berkshire pigs and the great pork they produce!  It’s nice to support local, and nice to support extended family!

Pork Available – Butchering Soon!!

Pork Available!  Unexpectedly, we have a pig not yet spoken for.  Our pigs that we’ve raised since the spring are ready for butchering and we have 1 pig not yet sold!  If anyone is interested in some fabulous pork, give us a call at 860-670-0495 or email

It’s hard to believe it’s butchering time again.  We have 6 pigs (and I mean PIGS) going off to the butcher later today.  We will have another load of 6 going next week.  These pigs are very large!  It will be interesting to see what the actual weight is.  We are guessing between 275-300 lbs!  Hard to believe they were only about 20 lbs when we got them in the Spring.  They just love to eat, and have eaten all summer.  My favorite part is to see them devour the fresh fruits and vegetables we get from the local market.  Johnny Appleseed in Ellington is generous to allow us to have their daily “leftovers”.  We and the pigs are happy about that.

After butchering, the hams, bacon and some sausage will be taken to the smokehouse. We use The Butchery in East Windsor.  Greg has done a great job for us every year, and we anticipate this year to be no exception.  We will soon be enjoying some great bacon, along with other cuts of pork.  The pork is going to be available for customer pick up around the middle of October.


Summer on the Farm

Summer on the farm is a busy time.  Especially the summer of 2020!  Our grass fed beef are grazing the fields and we are constantly hoping and praying for rain!  So far, our fields have maintained and the beef are eating lush rich grass.  We plan to cut hay this Friday and Saturday.  Our annual goal is 120 round bales to keep these beef fed on our own hay all winter long.  We are about at 70% of our goal!

The pigs are growing like crazy and we are now feeding them fruits and vegetables daily from a local market.  Their favorites are tomatoes and peaches.  But also love to eat peppers, lettuce, cucumbers and other soft fruits and veges.  They arrived at the farm at about 18 – 20 lbs and now are pushing 150 – 175 lbs.  

Pork Available – Mid June

We want to let you all know that we have pork available by the half or whole pig.  

We are partnering with a family farm in Illinois who raises hogs, or pigs, as we know them here in Connecticut.  We are ordering 15 whole pigs that are available for purchase, first come, first served.  This pork can be purchased either by half a pig, or whole.  The hanging weight is approximately 200 lbs per pig. 

The price for a half pig is $410.00 and a whole pig is $820.  We expect this pork to be available mid-June.

The cuts are:

Smoked:           Hams – 2 hams per half, Ham steaks, Bacon

Fresh:                Chops, Roasts, Tenderloin & Ground pork

If you are interested, please respond to this email confirming what you would like to purchase, half or whole.  We are asking for a $150 deposit on the pork.  We have an almost overwhelming amount of interest right now, and we need to confirm the orders so we know exactly what we have available for our customers.  Thank you!

Let us know if you have any questions!  Feel free to contact us at


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Local Farm Raised Pork Ellington CT

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