You will still be able to find our premium Berkshire-breed pork at the Ithaca Farmers Market every weekend through December. However, all the pigs now roaming and rooting in the fields and woods are spoken for! We will start taking orders for half-pigs again in April.
Farrowing on-farm means less stress for the pigs.
We are celebrating the arrival of Mother Mabel and Papa Benjamin! They are both proven, experienced, gentle parents from a farm with healthy pasture, woodland paddocks, and family farmers that nurtured their health and sweet personalities.
Cayuta Sun Farm is exploring Animal Welfare Approved certification. This may require all animals to be born on the farm. So Mabel (who is already expecting) will farrow the first pigs to spend their whole lives on our land. The video shows Mabel with five of her piglets that also joined us last week.
Certified Animal Welfare Approved label guarantees animals are raised outdoors on pasture or land covered with vegetation suitable for grazing or foraging by farm animals for their entire lives on an independent farm using truly sustainable, high-welfare farming practices.
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Berkshire breed hogs roam the woodland paddocks. Our gourmet pork is the result of old-fashion, pre-industrial genetics, great nutrition, and healthy outdoor living.
On the first day of spring, I tossed a bucket of apples into the piglet yard and watched their sugar rush unfold with a frisky rooster and nervous guinea fowl in the mix…
We raise Berkshire breed pigs on pasture. Their feed is supplemented with milk whey, vegetable and fruit scraps, and–once they are big enough–with the complex nutrition they find in our woodland pastures. Live pasture, real sunlight, and genuine herd relationships create a low-stress environment that produces superior pork.
Instead of our regular farmers market schedule, we’re taking our pastured meats to the best maple festival west of Podunk!
Visit the enchanting Wellspring Forest Farm
in Mecklenburg, NY
this Saturday, March 17,
10 am to 4 pm.
The sugar shack is nestled between sheep pasture and hedgerows, wandering ducks, Buck Hill Pond and the mushroom maple woods. You will find the scent of maple syrup, a pizza oven and a BBQ, the sounds of music and laughter, plus a scene full of forest-loving farmers among gourmet food fans.
Just up the path from the boiling syrup, in a yurt overlooking the pastures, Cayuta Sun Farm will be showcasing our bacon and smoked pork products. We’ll be joined by the Finger Lakes Cider House, Acorn Designs, BeeSpoke Apothecary, and Ort Family Farm in a festival market.
BACON ALERT: Our naturally brined and smoked bacon is in low supply… this event may be the last of our belly, shoulder and back bacon until June.
HAM ROASTS: We have a collection of smoked ham end roasts… perfect for a holiday feast.
CHICKEN: A few Dark Cornish roasters and some regular whole broiler chickens will be available.
Online orders save $2 per pound
An easy appetizer for serving quality, pastured bacon.
This year’s Thanksgiving feast was a local foodie’s dream. Our hosts Steve & Liz of WellSpring Farm were serving a 30-pound turkey raised in the barn next door. They assembled a rich mixture of local farmers. Roots and fresh vegetables from Plowbreak Farm were prepared in traditional and not-so-traditional recipes. Deserts reflected the dinner guests’ bountiful harvest of apples, pears and berries. We enjoyed homemade cheese and bread, and plenty of Finger Lakes wine and home-brewed beer.
We have been raising four Duroc-Yorkshire crosses since May. They have been happily moving across pasture, upturning roots and worms along the way. The largest of the four has just been sent to a local USDA-certified butchering operation in Schuyler County and the rest–finished on corn, pumpkins and apples–will follow in December.