About Dalton Farms

Edward & Rebecca Dalton (along with their 3 sons) Isaac, Lucas and Simon are the 7th generation at Dalton Farms LLC in Wakeman, OH! When they took over the farm, they had a feeling of obligation but have since found it to be their passion with a specific goal in mind - grow a healthy and affordable product.

They knew that in order to be sustainable for years to come, they would need to make changes to current practices. Although change is scary, they felt it was necessary. In 2019, they decided to transition half of their 2000-acre farm to organic production and started growing organic crops for the first time in years. 

In addition to organic crops, they farm 1000 acres of conventional crops, raise beef and collaborate with other local farms to supply farm raised meat to their customers like chicken and pork. It is important to them that the meat they are raising and selling be all natural and raised on a local family farm. No added hormones. No unnecessary antibiotics. You won’t find better quality for the price!


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Frequently Asked Questions about Ham

What is ham?

Ham is cured pork from the hind legs of a pig. The curing process prevents bacterial growth and results in tender, flavorful meat.

Hams are typically sold cured and smoked and can also be bone in or boneless. Boneless hams are the most common type of ham due to being easier to prepare, cut and serve. Bone in hams are a great option for feeding large groups and can even be up in half resulting in the shank cut which is easier for carving and the butt end with more lean. 

What’s the difference between fresh, smoked and cured ham? 

Fresh Ham

Fresh ham refers to ham that has not been cured, that needs to be fully cooked when preparing. 

Smoked Ham

Smoked ham has been smoked therefore it is considered pre-cooked and will just need to be reheated.  

Cured Ham

Cured ham can come in two forms known as wet or dry cured which are both a form of preservation. Dry cured ham is the least common and is a process of curing involving a salt and spice dry rub that can take up to a few months to cure. Wet cure is the more popular form of curing for ham and involves submerging the ham in a water, salt and spice brine.  Both forms of cured ham can be sold uncooked or precooked and ready to eat, therefore it is important to follow all cooking instructions on the package.

How is ham cured?

Dry-cured ham is produced by salting the pork and nitrites are often added along with the salt. 

Wet-cured ham is produced by brining the pork or injecting it with a brining solution. The ham is also cooked.

Smoked ham is produced by smoking the pork. The action of the smoke cures the ham.

How do you cook ham?

Because most ham is preserved through the curing process, you only need to re-heat your ham before serving if you'd like to serve it hot! Most commonly, ham is slow-roasted to the desired temperature.

When Cooking a ham a great guideline to follow is to bake your ham at 325 degrees for roughly 10 mins/ pound. If you have a partially cooked ham then plan on roughly 20 mins/ pond.

Honey or brown-sugar glazed ham recipes are incredibly popular because the savory salted ham and sweentess of the glaze are a delectable combination.

Why is ham popular at Easter?

In the past, pigs were normally harvested in the fall or winter. Over the next several months, the legs would be cured or smoked, and the hams would be well-preserved until Easter.

Types of Ham

Spiral Cut Ham

Spiral cut hams are great for feeding large groups of people and can be prepared and ready to serve in just a few short steps. Traditional spiral cut hams range from 5-6 lbs and are smoked or fully cooked. Therefore all you need to do is reheat the ham which is best done by placing the ham in a shallow pan and baking at 325 degrees for around 10 mins per pound. Ham is a great cut that can be utilized for any meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Pit Ham

Pit ham, also known as Partially Internally Trimmed, ham refers to a ham that is deboned, tied back together and typically smoked. The pit ham is a common type of ham seen in the deli case due to the ease of slicing since the bone has been removed. 

Dalton Farms Reviews

I have tried several mail order farms. Most were good but Dalton Farms is exceptional. Their ground beef is tender and no rubbery pieces like I experienced with other farms. I made burgers several times and overcooked one batch and they were still tender. I bought the boneless ham for Easter and everyone raved how good it was. I noticed not only was it flavorful but moist. The best moist ham ever. Never buy from the grocery or spiral sliced again. Shop local everyone !!!!!

I keep hearing great things about this place! The beef and chicken is amazing! You can’t beat cheaper yet, fresher meat!

Loved the beef and chicken from Dalton Farms! Ordering again soon!

Really pleased with our 1/2 of beef. The freshness plus the personalized cut selection was so appreciated. How can we go back to store bought? Love the clean operation they run. We will be back for more! Thank you!!

Great selection of beef,chicken everything you need for freezer they have it.

This is the second year I got a quarter beef from Dalton Farms. Cheaper and fresher than buying beef at the store and the quality is so good. This is how I will continue to buy all my beef in the future

We purchased two 5+ pound standing rib roasts. The roasts looked great with medium marbling. Dalton Farms had separated the rib bones from the meat and put them back in place with butchers twine, saving me a half hour.. We used an applewood rub and hickory smoked it @ 210 until the internal temp was 130. After a 10 minute rest we sliced off a couple of steaks. They were remarkable! Great flavor and that firm tenderness you look for in a prime rib. In a good restaurant this would have been a $50+ steak. Next time I think that I will season with a little salt and pepper instead of a rub. Kudos to Rebecca and the Dalton Farms crew. 5 stars!


We have purchased individual steaks from Dalton’s a few times. We decided it would be best to order 1/2 of beef. We picked everything up this week, and everything was nicely packaged and organized. The meat is always so delicious we receive from Dalton Farms. Would certainly recommend their products to anyone. Pricing was great too!

Absolutely THE BEST beef I have ever had! The prices are good and I’m so happy to have discovered Dalton Farm! The family is warm, welcoming, and devoted to offering the best products. What more can you ask for?! Definitely recommend 100% to anyone I can! When I can (I work A LOT) I travel about 35 minutes just to buy from them and it’s the highlight of my day. My older kids will even go get stuff when I can’t or enjoy going with me when I do!

Awesome tast of beef and awesome service. they are excellent

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