Well, we are happy to report that our order of Berkshire pork has been picked up and is now resting comfortably under guard, lock and key. And I’m not kidding! After having one of those pork chops, both Sheldon and I declared it to be the best pork chop that we have ever had, despite me over cooking it!
Now, think I’m praising the quality of our pork just to get you to buy it? Nope..not even a little. I’m praising the quality of our pork because it is so incredibly rewarding to find out that all of this hard work and literal blood, sweat and tears have produced a cut of meat our family can be proud of. Pigs are HARD work..much harder than I would have guessed. They are incredibly smart animals. Couple that with them being incredibly powerful animals and you have the potential for trouble! Our cattle are obviously bigger, but when they manage to escape the pasture, it’s a matter of leading them calmly back in with a little bucket of snacks. Pigs on the other hand, you have to sit down and create a master strategy just to approximate getting a pig to do something your way. On more than one occassion, our pigs told us to shove our little buckets of snacks. Now, perhaps this is because we keep all of our animals well-fed and well-cared for, so the desperation born of hunger which can drive some stock animals never comes into play for our animals….but that means we have to constantly stay one step ahead of these canny omnivores.
So, next time you hit the local mega mart, think about what you buy. We’re not saying that you need to or even should spend a zillion dollars shopping the highest quality meat..unfortunately, we know the food industry has made that really tough in some cases. However, if you can spend some of your money with a local provider and get food at prices comparable to your grocery store, well, doesn’t it make sense to support a farmer whose blood, sweat and tears you can trust? Just my two cents!