Meadow Haven Farm Visit – Cows

“In the previous post”: I posted about why I was visiting “the farm”: (to pick up a butchered hog) & the chickens on the farm. This was going to be a post about the hogs & the cows, but it turns out I took a lot of cow photos.

Cows! The cows were pretty neat, especially given their relative lack of aggression. Cows in the New Mexico bosque are total jerks, in case you didn’t know. I mentioned this (maybe in slightly politer terms) to Jeremy. He told me the trick to cows is to be confident and make sure they believe it.

I’m just going to say, that’s pretty hard to do when you have no experience with cows and you suddenly find yourself the star of a Looney Tunes short.… Continue reading →

Meadow Haven Farm Visit – Chickens

I missed writing this up Saturday & Sunday. I didn’t realize how busy the days would be. But I’m thrilled to be writing now. Well, for some value of “writing”, as today’s post is going to mostly be photographs. I think.

I think most folks know this, but it bears repeating that the seeds for this hog purchase were initially planted in February 2011, when I asked Jeremy of “Meadow Haven”: what it would take to get a pound or two of bacon that wasn’t previously frozen. I knew it was illegal for him to sell it to me at the market, but I also knew that Bill & I eat as much bacon as we make, and we tended to make as much as we thawed.… Continue reading →

I think it’ll be two posts.

Dear readers,

I’m working on the farm visit post. Mostly, at the moment, I’m culling through the 40 gazillion photos I took. It’s making me wonder if you guys would prefer one epic-length post or two shorter ones?

I don’t imagine I’ll have a consensus in time for this post, but I’d love everyone’s thoughts for if this ever happens again.

Thanks!… Continue reading →

Home again, home again

Jiggity jog!

Well, we got the hog. We also toured the farm (my friend Dylan & I – Bill had to work). It was fun & I’ll post a few photos later. I will say right here & now that I appreciate Jeremy of Meadow Haven’s willingness to take a solid hour out of his day and show us a goodly chunk of what they’re doing. We saw their meat chickens, laying chickens, cows and, of course, hogs.

I also appreciated his generosity in giving us a dozen eggs for each of the 7 shares of hog. A gift of 7 dozen eggs! That was lovely. And tasty.

But, for now, I want you guys to know something important. Today, I experienced VICTORY. For today I learned my freezer can, in fact, hold a whole butchered hog.… Continue reading →

To market, to market

To buy a fat hog!

Okay, not to market, and the hog will already be mostly butchered into cuts we want to eat, so who knows if it was fat?

We’ve mentioned a couple of times that we are buying a hog with several of our friends. Today’s the day we go to the farm to pick it up. One friend can’t come with us, but he loaned us his car. We’re taking our coolers and a couple other friends loaned us theirs.

Over the course of the weekend, I’m going to try to post everything we do that’s hog related. Tomorrow isn’t hog related, so there won’t be much of a post, but Sunday you should get a post about today’s farm activity (if I don’t get it up sooner), and Sunday we’re making sausage, so I’ll be photographing for that.… Continue reading →