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Category: Pigs

Yes, we’ve got pork….

….though it’s still on the hoof. We do expect harvest in time for the holidays.  The larger pigs are approaching 250 pounds or a little more.  Our target weight is 300. This group includes Gloucester Old Spot though most are crossed with Tamworth, our favorite for bacon.  Next year we may experiment with raising a greater […]

Enjoy your pork chops….

….and if they’re from the supermarket…or you’re eating at most restaurants….it would be better not to focus on this picture.  These are mama pigs….waiting to be bred or waiting to birth…or just waiting.  It’s how they spend their entire lives….not just during breeding… cages so small they can’t turn around…lying in their own waste…filled with antibiotics […]

Move along…nothing to see here….

So it’s a million pigs….not to worry.  Notice that the story says the farm is owned by Smithfield’s in Virginia….not that Smithfield’s is owned by China as in Beijing!  Besides, our government says the pork is perfectly safe…just like all that ground beef with USDA labels.

Return of the Pork Pak….

….a last minute cancelation of a whole pig, makes it possible for us to sell 10-pound Pork Paks….again….briefly.  The demand for our pigs has moved us to offering just halves and wholes….but for as long as they last, the 10 pound package is back and costs just $75! The Pork Pak includes 5 lbs of […]

A fussy eater….

….not a phrase you associate with pigs.  But this one wants things just so.  First, she likes company when she eats.  And she does not want her milk on top of her cereal….separately please. Most pigs could care less but this one’s mother taught her proper etiquette.  She eats even more if grandson, Church, stays […]

“Stay with quality….

….quality will always sustain you.”  That was the advice this butcher’s daddy gave him.  Lovely. Here’s a short film that is an ode to country bacon and ham and a man from Virginia who has made it his life’s work.  Heavily-salted bacon and ham are not my favorites but I’m not going to quibble with […]

For your summer party….

….a Tamworth pork salad! Recipe from son, Church!  

Pork…with a little help from our friends….

….as Thistle Hill pork aficionados have learned, it’s a waiting game!  Fattening pigs mostly on pasture takes a long time.  But now we think we have found “the trick”.  Or tricks! Organic, non-GMO feed, is twice as expensive, but Rich Hamilton of Elim Springs farm convinced us, on a recent visit, to triple the daily allowance.  […]

On pork….

….we took guests this weekend to a nearby farm store.  As fellow pig breeders, I thought they would be interested in another approach to marketing pork. We’d tasted the sausage before and appreciated the flavor but without endorsing the management technique of using regular genetically-modified grain, plus day-old bread from a bakery (not only GM […]

Free range pigs….

….well, we hadn’t planned it that way.  At least, not yet! But these two piglets must have overheard me say I’d like to try letting some pigs roam our woods, gorging themselves on acorns to their heart’s content. In any event, despite the picture, they’re on their own.  But they do come home twice a […]