What is csa?
"community supported agriculture"
CSA is a system that allows folks to connect more deeply with the source of their food by subscribing to the seasonal harvest of a given farm.
Engaging in the process with both animal (or vegetable) and farmer fosters a better understanding and appreciation for the pork on your plate.
It also tastes a hell of a lot better than pork from the grocery store. We promise.
Join us in celebrating the whole animal.
how it works
The Valley Piggery Pork CSA works much like a vegetable CSA, only that you are purchasing a share of a pig.
Shares are announced monthly via an e-mail newsletter, and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Five whole shares, or ten half-shares, are available per pig.
The cost of the Pork CSA is $12 per pound for a whole share and $13 per pound for a half share. The individual cuts will come fresh (never frozen), vacuum-sealed, and ready for your freezer.
Anybody who misses out on a share or half-share will get the first chance to purchase one from the next pig.
what you get
You can purchase either a whole share (25-35lbs) or a half share (12-18lbs).
The share itself will consist of a cross-section of what a whole pig has to offer, meaning you can always count on some chops, roasts, belly, and ground pork. In addition there will be a selection of the following: jowl, spare and baby back ribs, tenders, liver, shanks, trotters, and sausage.
I will do my best to cater to each customer’s preferences, but with the understanding that to participate in the CSA is to celebrate the whole animal. I have an abundance of knowledge with preparing the more esoteric cuts and will always give you recipes and tips as a part of your subscription.
You can pick up your shares both Buellton and Santa Barbara. In Buellton, the pick-up is at Industrial Eats. In Santa Barbara, the exact location for pick-up will depend on the geography of the customers for that particular CSA share. Valley Piggery is always willing to work with the you to make the pick-up as convenient as possible.
a few words from our customers . . .
"Amber and I have been your number one fan(s) since we discovered Valley Piggery several years ago. The quality of the pork is by far the best that we have ever had. The taste is the richest and most flavorful that we have experienced and the fat cap insures that the meat will always cook to perfection. Your variety of cuts and full use of the whole animal have forced us to expand our cooking methods beyond the typical BBQ (which is always an outstanding fall-back) and learn some awesome recipes and curing techniques. We have made Porchetta (spelling), homemade bacon, and a variety of pastas all of which were delicious. Great pork can apparently cover for some mediocre cooking skills!" - Amber + Jethro T.
"We love Jake's pork! The pigs are humanely raised free range on 5 acres of pasture . . . the taste is outstanding. I have yet to encounter any other pork that has the depth of flavor that we get from Valley Piggery pork. When I serve pork to guests, they always ask what makes it taste so good. I tell them it's the pork, not me." - - Elizabeth O.