Eating from the hog!

Hello all!

Bill and I agreed the other day that we should do at least a quickie post every time we had something that came from our hog. That way, you guys can know about how much food there is in 1/7th hog. Plus, why not?

So, all posts involved will include the tag “that time we bought a hog”. For real recipes, they’ll include other tags too, but for quickie posts like this one, that may be all we include. However, this way you can quickly get to everything we got out of our share of the hog.

So, this morning we had about 1/2 lb of breakfast sausage. I wish I’d had our friends package the sausage into smaller amounts, but I didn’t think to ask the day we made sausage (post forthcoming).… Continue reading →

Meadow Haven Farm Visit – Hogs

Finally! The end of the road! The hogs!

I explained why we ended up at the farm “in the chicken post”: and had plenty to say about cows “in the cow post”: and I tend to “talk” a lot, so I’m betting you all are expecting a lot of words now, aren’t you?

I actually don’t have many. My only pre-Meadow Haven experience with hogs was at Girl Scout camp a bazillion years ago (I think I was 9, but I’m not sure) and I don’t remember much. We had to take turns feeding them, at a frequency of about once a week. Since I was only there a week, I only fed ’em once. I don’t remember the hogs in the slightest, just that I was disgusted by having to carry this heavy bucket of slop out to them!… Continue reading →

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 →

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 →