Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions

 

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, personal checks and credit cards--Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express.  (Note:  There is a 3% processing fee on all credit cards.)  With the exception of a $50 deposit required on whole and half hog orders, you do not need to pay for your order until the time of pick-up.  

 

Do you accept EBT and SNAP?

We do not accept EBT or SNAP at the farm or the West Bend Farmers' Market, but we are able to at the Milwaukee Winter Farmers' Market.  When you enter the winter market, stop at the welcome table and they will give you wooden coins to use with all of the vendors at the winter market.

 

How do I place an order?

Go to our website Order Form and fill in the number of meat items you are requesting.  The chicken and turkey listings have a date next to them.  That is the day the birds will be available fresh for you to pick up.  The pork and beef dates are not listed, as they are quite variable, and we will contact you when your order is ready.  If there is an individual cut of poultry, pork or beef you are looking for, please check our Product List and Pricing to verify if it is available.  You may request individual meat items in the Comments/Order Request section at the bottom of the order form.

 

Where can I buy your meats?

We accept appointments at our farm Mondays through Saturdays for you to come and shop.  We are at two farmers' markets throughout the year.  Please see our Farmers' Markets page for dates, times and locations. Also, we make monthly deliveries to the Greater Milwaukee area:  Grafton, Menomonee Falls, Brookfield and southern Milwaukee.  See our Delivery Service page for specifics and the next delivery dates and times.  

 

Do you have gift certificates?

Yes!  We offer gift certificates in any denomination you choose.  Contact Us to request a dollar amount and then follow up with a check made payable to Dominion Valley Farm, mailed to 8375 Midland Drive, Allenton, WI  53002.  Or, you can pay via credit card over the phone.  (Please note there is a 3% processing fee on all credit card transactions.)  Your gift certificate will be mailed to you or your recipient on the next business day.  Perfect for that hard-to-buy-for someone!

General
Beef

 

How do you sell your beef?

We sell our beef in 25-pound boxes and also individual cuts.  Due to limited quantities we do not sell beef by the half or quarter.  Please see our Beef Info page for a listing of cuts included in the 25-lb. boxes.

 

Is your beef considered organic?

Our beef is raised naturally, strictly on pasture, with no hormones or antibiotics. We are not certified organic but use organic principles in our farming practices.  Our Galloway beef is 100% grass fed and grass finished.  

 

How is grass-fed beef different?

Our Galloway grass-fed beef is a much leaner meat and thus is much healthier for you. We do not need to finish our steers on corn or any other grain to get the much-desired “marbling” effect because the Galloway breed begins to marble intramuscularly at a young age.

 

How do I cook this lean meat?

Because of the lower content of fat, you will need to reduce your cooking time by approximately one-third.  We will provide you with some delicious recipes and cooking tips using Galloway lean beef, or you can go to Beef Recipes on our website for other great ideas. 

 

How much space will this take up in my freezer?

The 25-pound boxes of pork are 12” x 12” square. Each cut is individually wrapped so can be removed from the box and arranged to fit your freezer space. 

 

Is a deposit required for the 25-lb. beef boxes?

No deposit is required. You pay when you pick up your box.  

 

How do I order?

You may place your order either online by clicking on Order Form or by calling us at 262-629-9423.

Pork

 

What cuts are available?

Please see our Products/Prices page for a regularly updated list of available products.  If you order a 25-pound box you would receive shoulder and Boston Butt roasts, pork chops, pork steaks/country ribs, bacon, deli ham, brats/brat bulk, 2 kinds of breakfast sausage, plain ground pork, Italian seasoned ground pork, an optional half ham (approximately 6-9 lbs.), possibly lard and spare ribs. If you order a whole or half hog, you will be put in contact with our butcher to request your own choices of cuts and packaging sizes appropriate for your family. Cuts available from the butcher include the following: Whole or half ham - fresh or smoked, ham steaks - fresh or smoked, deli ham, bacon, roasts, pork chops, pork steaks, spare ribs, country ribs, bratwurst, brat bulk, breakfast sausage (two kinds), plain ground pork, Italian seasoned ground pork, hocks, liver and lard.

 

What are the ingredients in your trim meats (brats, breakfast sausages, etc.)?

Regular brats:  Pork, salt, dextrose, spices.  Stuffed in hog casings.
Cheddar brats:  Pork, pasteurized processed cheese, potassium sorbate and natamycin (a preservative), spices, dextrose, flavorings.  Stuffed in hog casings.
Cranberry brats:  Pork, water, Craisins, salt, dextrose, spices. Stuffed in hog
casings.
Badger brats:  Pork,water, pasteurized processed hot pepper cheese, potassium sorbate, and natamycin (a preservative), red bell pepper, salt, dextrose, spices.  Stuffed in hog casings.
Pineapple teriyaki brats:  Pork, granulated pineapple, brown sugar, sugar, gluten free soy sauce, salt, maltodextrin, spices, onion powder, garlic powder.  Stuffed in hog casings.
Mushroom Swiss brats:  Pork, water, pasteurized processed Swiss cheese, mushrooms, salt, dextrose, spices.  Stuffed in hog casings.

Spicy Italians:  Pork, water, salt, corn syrup solids, spice, granulated garlic, flavoring.  Stuffed in hog casings. 
Maple breakfast sausage:  Pork, maple syrup, sugar, salt, natural maple flavor, water, sugar, caramel color, natural flavorings.  Stuffed in a sheep casings.
Savory breakfast sausage:  Pork, water, salt, sage, pepper, thyme, nutmeg, ginger.  Stuffed in sheep casings.

Italian seasoned ground pork:  Pork, salt, dextrose, spices.

Plain ground pork:  Just pork!

Ring bologna:  Beef, pork, water, flour (corn, wheat, oats, barley and rye), dextrose, salt, cane and maple sugars, monosodium glutamate, garlic, sodium nitrite.

 

What's the difference between a 25-lb. HAM box and a NO-HAM box?

The 25-lb. pork boxes include shoulder and Boston Butt roasts, pork chops, pork steaks/country ribs, bacon, deli ham, brats/brat bulk, 2 kinds of breakfast sausage, plain ground pork, Italian seasoned ground pork, an optional half ham (approximately 6-9 lbs.), possibly lard and spare ribs. Both the HAM boxes and NO-HAM boxes weigh the same and are the same price.  If you choose a ham box, you will get a 6 to 9-lb. smoked half ham, along with all of the other items you see listed.  If you choose a no-ham box, we will put in additional roasts and chops to equal the 25 pounds. 

 

How do I order?

You may place your order either online by clicking on Order Form or by calling us at 262-629-9423.

 

Where do I pick up my pork?

If you have ordered a whole or half hog, we will have it processed at our butcher in Cascade.  As this may be quite a long driving distance for some of our customers, we will plan to pick up your whole/half hog order and have it here at the farm. You would then schedule an appointment to pick up at the farm (Mondays through Saturdays).  If one of our Greater Milwaukee deliveries is taking place in the near future, you can request that we deliver your pork.  We do ask that all orders be picked up/requested for delivery in a timely manner, as we do not have adequate freezer space for orders to be held long term. 

 

What is the bottom line cost?

Please see Pork Info for a detailed breakdown of prices.  

 

How much do the pigs weigh?

The weights of hogs differ due to breed, length of time raised and a host of other factors, but the average live weight is 200-260 pounds; thus, a half hog has an average weight of 100-130 pounds. The amount of meat in pounds you would take home is 75-80% of the hanging weight. The 25-pound box is approximately one-sixth of a hog. Please click on Pork Info for more explanation on the live weight versus hanging weight versus take-home pounds of meat.   

 

How much space will this take up in my freezer?

The 25-pound boxes of pork are 12” x 12” square. Each cut is individually wrapped so can be removed from the box and arranged to fit your freezer space. A half hog of 80 pounds would take up almost three times as much space, and a whole hog of 170 pounds six to seven times as much space.  

 

Is a deposit required for the 25-lb. pork boxes?

No deposit is required. You pay when you pick up your box.  Please note that there is a $50 refundable deposit for the half and whole hog orders.  

 

Is your pork considered organic?

Our pork is raised naturally, strictly on pasture, with no hormones or antibiotics. We are not certified organic but use organic principles in our farming practices.  We buy grain from our neighbor, who is a conventional farmer.  We choose to buy local, rather than shipping, because we are very comfortable with his farming practices, plus we know exactly when the grain was harvested so we know it is fresh.

Poultry

 

What does "pastured" mean?

We offer pastured poultry which means the birds are raised outside, eating fresh greens and bugs from the ground while getting plenty of sunlight and fresh air. Our pastured poultry is raised in a bottomless pen, outside, which is moved to a new plot of pasture every morning giving them the fresh eats and bedding every day.  

 

Is your poultry considered "organic"?

All of our animals are raised naturally, strictly on pasture, with no hormones or antibiotics. We are not certified organic but use organic principles in our farming practices.  We buy grain from our neighbor, who is a conventional farmer.  We choose to buy local, rather than shipping, because we are very comfortable with his farming practices, plus we know exactly when the grain was harvested so we know it is fresh. 

 

How big are the birds?

The chickens range from 4 to 5 lbs. We offer BIG chickens (frozen) once a year, which will average 5 to 6-1/2 lbs. The broad-breasted white turkeys range from 15-22 pounds with a few toms that top the 25-lb mark. The heritage turkeys average 6-14 pounds.  

 

What is the difference between the two breeds of turkeys, the Broad-Breasted Whites and the heritage Bourbon Reds?

There are a few differences and many similarities between the two breeds of turkeys we raise.  First, the similarities:  Both breeds of turkeys are raised on our organic pasture, spending 24/7 on the lush Dominion Valley Farm grasses, full sunlight, fresh air, same feed.  They are both protected from predators in our bottomless pens, which also offer shelter for them to get in from the driving winds/rain and hot sun rays.  Their pens are moved to a new plot of fresh grass every day, giving them fresh bedding and lots more bugs and greens to nibble on.  Second, the differences:  There are a few main differences between the Broad-Breasted White turkeys and the heritage breed turkeys, of which we raise the Bourbon Reds.  The Broad-Breasted Whites are a domestic white turkey, but they are definitely not "domesticated"!  They are known for their larger breast size and are very tender and juicy.  They have been bred to have a double layer of breast meat, so a LOT of white meat.  The Bourbon Reds are considered a "heritage breed," meaning they are one of the original turkeys that were bred in this country.  The Reds have had no special breeding; in other words, science has not altered anything in the breed - they are the same now as they were when the Pilgrims had them on their Thanksgiving tables.  The Reds originated in Kentucky during the 1800s.  The quality stands out in this slow-maturing bird with its flavorful fine meat and great taste.  They have a robust "turkey" flavor.  Due to the longer growing time, smaller frame size and higher expense to start the heritage turkeys, you will notice a large difference in the price per pound.  The beautiful part is that BOTH the Broad-Breasted Whites and Bourbon Red turkeys are exclusively raised on pasture, receive no antibiotics and no growth hormones.

 

How long do you raise the birds before processing?

The chickens are raised to 9 weeks of age (young and tender) while the turkeys are 18 weeks old when processed for Thanksgiving.  The Bronze Ranger chickens take up to 12 weeks.

 

How much does the poultry cost?

Please see our Products/Prices page for a price list of all of our poultry products.

 

When can we pick up your products?

Birds are available fresh between 9:00 a.m. and noon on the specified pick-up dates, to be picked up at the farm. We also have frozen chickens available year round, pending availability.

 

Are the birds dead when we receive them? (We actually receive this question quite often!)

Yes, the birds are dressed, bagged and oven ready. 

 

What is the difference between the Cornish Cross (whites) and Bronze Ranger chickens?

The Cornish Cross breed of chickens have been bred to have a double layer of breast meat.  Thus, you will have a LOT of white meat.  They are very moist and tender.  The Bronze Rangers take a bit longer to raise and do not get quite as big in size as the Cornish Cross (a couple of reasons why you see a bit higher price).  The white to dark meat ratio is more proportional, meaning the breast meat is not going to be as large as the other breed of chickens we raise.  The Rangers are excellent foragers and obtain much of their diet from our organic pasture.  You will notice a very "robust" chicken flavor, plus a moist and tender meat.

 

How long can the poultry be left in the refrigerator before needing to cook it?

We suggest the chickens should be in the refrigerator for no more than five days. The turkeys will stay fresh in the refrigerator until Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.  If you are planning to prepare it for a meal later than Thanksgiving Thursday, freeze the turkey right when you pick it up on Saturday until just days before preparing.   Thawing time estimate is one day per 4-5 pounds of meat. You may actually freeze the poultry for over one year and still have a very juicy and tender meat. Believe it or not, we are still eating some chickens that we processed even before last season and every time I make a meal with these, Brandon cannot believe it is one of "last year’s" chickens! 

 

If you don’t use any vitamins or antibiotics, how do the birds stay healthy?

Because we do not have our birds cooped up (no pun intended) inside, they are receiving part of their vitamins and minerals from the fresh greens and bugs they consume outside and part from the natural ingredients in their feed. They are actually much healthier than a bird injected with synthetics because their immune systems are required to keep them strong and healthy rather than relying on man-made synthetics. 

 

Why can I buy chicken at the store for half the cost?

The difference is in the raising and processing. Factory birds, those raised in exorbitant quantities to sell to stores, are raised inside a factory with a million other birds: No sunlight, fresh air, fresh greens, etc. They are often injected with hormones to contribute to a quicker and larger-grown bird and are finally processed and frozen in a manner that will allow them to transport to stores and sit until purchased by the consumer. For a detailed look at how we raise, feed, process and get the birds to our customers, please see the "Poultry Info" section.  

 

Are your birds de-beaked?

No, they need to be able to pick at the grass and bugs. This is especially important for the turkeys because they need to forage quite a bit. Because their bodies know they are receiving all of their needed nutrients, this diminishes their "cannibalism" tendencies. 

 

Does your poultry have "bloody bones?"

No. We take care in the butchering process so as to bleed the birds as well as possible to limit this problem.