How to Buy a Custom Cut Half Hog

1. Make a deposit.

2. Prepare your custom butcher order.

3. Pay balance at pickup.

The Process

1. Make a $50.00 deposit for an October, November or December harvest. You can do this online or at whatever Farmers Market you find Cayuta Sun Farm.

2. By phone—or in person at the Ithaca Farmers Market—tell us how you would like your pork cut and processed. If you have never made a “cut sheet” for a butcher, don’t worry. We’ll guide you. You can use the list below as your order form or download this pdf file.

Because so much farm work takes place away from the desk, Michael Burns has phone-based office hours. Please feel free to call 607-227-0316 and discuss your order on Mondays (noon to 2p.m.,) Tuesdays (4 to 6 p.m.) and Wednesdays (noon to 2 p.m.) Whether you call during office hours or at other times please leave a message. Please be patient if it takes longer than a day to catch up with you. This is the busiest time of the year.

You are also very welcome to communicate via email <> and are encouraged to put the words “half pig” in your subject line.

3. You will receive an email as soon as your order is ready, about three to six weeks after the harvest date. Most hogs are harvested on the second week of the month, so a November harvest should be ready by the winter holidays. A December harvest is ready in January. Delivery is free within 30 miles of the farm.

4. Most half pigs need about three cubic feet of freezer space for a finished weight of 75 to 90 pounds.

• $7 per pound of cut, wrapped and frozen fresh pork
• .90 per pound for sausage in links. No extra charge for loose sausage.
• 2.50 per pound for bringing and smoking (bacon and ham.)
• The finished weight of a half pig ranges from 70 to 90 pounds.

Custom Cut Butchering Options
The checklist below gives the common choices for each portion of the pig.

Check one option for each portion. Please ask if you do not see a cut you are seeking.

  • Skin-on cuts require scalding which is not available during cold weather harvest season. The hair grows too thick to effectively remove after the first frosty nights.
  • All trim and fat is used for ground pork and sausage.
  • A minimum of 20 pounds is needed to make sausage. Recipes available are: Ground Pork, Mild Italian, Sweet Italian, Hot Italian, Kielbasa, Breakfast, Regular, and Apple Cinnamon.

[ ]bacon, sliced [ ]fresh, whole [ ]to sausage(±1 lb)

[ ]fresh, whole [ ]No thanks

Butt (top of shoulder,) 6-10 lb:
[ ]roasts, 3-5 lb [ ]steaks [ ]shoulder (Irish style) bacon, sliced
[ ]cubed/stew cut [ ]to sausage

Shoulder, 8-12 lb:
[ ]roasts, 3-5 lb [ ]steaks [ ]cubed/stew cut [ ]to sausage

[ ]fresh, whole [ ]brined and smoked [ ]to sausage (±2lb)

Center Cut:
[ ]chops [ ]roasts, 3-5 lb [ ]smoked chops

[ ]spare ribs, half-racks [ ]to sausage (±2 lb)

[ ]bacon, sliced [ ]fresh, 2” strips [ ]quartered

[ ]roasts, 3-5 lb, [ ]chops [ ]cubed/stew cut [ ]to sausage (±5 lb)

Ham, (10-15 lb):
[ ]fresh roasts, 3-5 lb [ ]fresh steaks [ ]cubed/stew cut [ ]smoked roasts, 3-5 lb [ ]smoked steaks [ ]to sausage

[ ]fresh tenderloin, whole
[ ]heart
[ ]liver

Sausage Recipe:
[ ]Hot Italian [ ]Mild Italian [ ]Sweet Italian
[ ]Breakfast [ ]Kielbasa [ ]Regular (salt and pepper)
[ ]Apple Cinnamon [ ]Ground Pork

Sausage form:
[ ]links [ ]rope [ ]breakfast links
[ ]breakfast patties [ ]loose/bulk

Download this file to make a cut sheet:

Early Bird Market Special

$1 per pound discount for all pastured chicken.

Your support for farmers markets helps build a healthy, local food economy.

Cayuta Sun Farm would like to express our gratitude for your patronage at our markets. Everywhere we set up our stand we are always happy to see our customers.

During the first hour of every market now through August 31st, customers will receive a one dollar per pound discount on any one of our chickens.

To receive the discount just ask for the “early bird special” when you make your order at the farmers market booth within the first hour of market.
The Montour Falls farmers market opens at 4 PM on Thursdays.
The Ithaca Farmers Market opens at 9 AM on Saturdays and 10 AM on Sundays.

Don’t be late!

Cayuta Sun Farm Loves Teachers

classroomsignCayuta Sun Farm would like to express our appreciation for the profession and the hard work of teachers. 

The owners of Cayuta Sun Farm are both teachers. We are committed to education in our schools, community and on the farm.

Buy up to 3 whole, grass-pastured chickens for $3 per pound between February 17 – 26, 2017.

These birds were raised in ideal conditions: under the warm sun on natural grass pastures. They are flavorful, tender and healthy.

Normally sold at $4.50 per pound, Cayuta Sun Farm is offering all teachers a delicious discount at our farmers market booths.

All  level of teachers (from pre-kindergarten through university) who show their employee or union identification card at the Cayuta Sun Farm market booth can buy up to 3 whole, grass-pastured chickens for $3 per pound.

We sell gourmet chickens at each markets until sold out. You are encouraged to reserve your chickens in advance to avoid missing out.

Go to this online form to reserve your chickens for purchase and pick up:

Find Cayuta Sun Farm at the following markets:

  • Ithaca Farmers Market

Saturdays, February 18th & 25th (10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

700 W. Buffalo St.

  • Corning Winter Farmers Market

Saturday, February 18th (11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

1 W. Market Street.

  • Corning Locally Grown Food Festival

Friday, February 24, 2017 (5:00 to 8:00 p.m.)

Local 1000 Union Hall

100 Civic Center Plaza

  • Elmira Winter Farmers Market

Sundays, February 19th and 26th (11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Chamberlain Acres Garden Center

824 Broadway St


Merry Chicken!


Fill out the form to receive an email when Cayuta Sun Farm offers discounts. You will also receive an invitation to sign up for our farm’s email newsletter delivered less than once a month.

After filling out this form, you will receive coupons good through December 2015 for a $1 per pound discount off our normal market price in Ithaca and Corning.

Thank you for your support of local, pasture and woodland-based agriculture.

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