Melo Farms

It's all swine with us!

Important Updates ... Eastern Market, etc

We will no longer be at Eastern Market (or any markets) for the foreseeable future.  This also means that there will be little if any retail cuts available, but are selling half and whole pigs as inventory permits.  

The short story is that we invested everything we had, but without outside capital and mounting maintenance, facility repairs, etc. we have to scale back.

We'll miss all of you and 'never say never' 

 

Welcome to Melo Farms

A small husband and wife farm in Yale, Michigan committed to natural farming practices - including rotational grazing, grass-based animal husbandry and humane handling - and growing the absolute best-tasting premium pork.

Beyond the Chicken Tractor - NEW !!!

It's here !!!  Beyond the Chicken Tractor - Evolving beyond the Chicken Tractor for a fully pastured life cycle

This new paper is over 30 pages with more than 25 photos and how the Hoop House is the ideal structure to start baby chicks on grass and provide the ideal environment for healthy growth. 

Also, the paper covers how the Hoop House can be easily converted for cold weather applications ... such as this last long winter!

All yours for $14.95

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Premium Heritage Pork

Our mission is to provide a healthier pork offering in terms of the life the pigs live, including the care they receive and the food they consume. We started our farm here in Yale, Michigan in April 2010, with our first group of pure breed Berkshire heritage pigs arriving in May. Join us in our journey as we begin to transform our 40 acre farm into a model of sustainable growth, embracing humane animal husbandry and employing natural farming practices with a heritage breed of swine. We believe the vital ingredient to our quality pork is creating and maintaining a natural and safe environment for our hogs to live, play and thrive. In addition to free range grass pasture, we buy local grain from our neighbors . Our role is to be a good steward to the land we occupy, the animals we raise and to you our customers as we strive to be a positive force in this challenging time of food opportunities.

Livin’ Large

Our pigs are life-lived animals that enjoy pastured land every day. This gives our herd the luxury of playful socialization with each other rather than the isolation of the single stall pen system favored by the pork industry. Our pigs roam our pasture, run and romp in the field, nestle with each other when sleeping and move like an army of mini-hippos to play in favorite dig holes. They have a shaded nest in the pasture, free running clean water and protection from predators. Their bodies bear no signs of crowding stress such as ear or tail bites. What we don’t have are wire floors, single occupancy stations, or a manure lagoon. Our Berkshire hogs are calm and playful and, of course, full of personality!

Meet Our USDA Processors

We use two processors to ensure you have the pork cuts you crave!

  • C Roy’s is here in Yale and they're our home town heroes! C Roys is a big deal here in Yale as they've been around forever as a family owned processor – and are responsible for putting Yale on the map with their world famous annual bologna festival! To learn more about these fabulous people click here croyinc.com 
  • McNees is in North Branch. They are our go to people when we need skin on cuts and for our customers who break down their own hogs.

USDA processors are a true full business partner for any farm that wants to resell their own meat. We are incredibly fortunate to have two USDA processors in our immediate area and we use both for their broad spectrum of solid meat cutting skills and specialty cuts and processes.

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