Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Tick Tick Tick Tick


People keep asking me if it's going to be hard 0n my kids to take these girls to butcher on September 21st.
No.  But I'm going to be a wreck.  I love these darn pigs.  Dang it.
I take care of them every day.  I cut overgrown asparagus for them to eat.  I spray water on them to cool them down.  I buy fly traps to hang outside their pen and then watch them eat the fly trap if I hang it too low.  Dummies!
They happily greet me every time I go out to check on them.  They squeal and grunt at me if I'm in the orchard or caring for the chickens.
THEY LOVE ME!
And I'm going to eat them.

24 comments:

Urban Heidi said...

Then don't kill them.

Sharon said...

I never was a big fan of pork. ;)

Living on the Spit said...

BAAAAAAACON! and ham, and side meat, and jowls, and cracklings, and I too love me some nice pork chops, ohhh, and ribs...pork is the other white meat. You are sharing right? Just kidding. There will be more baby piggies for you to care for soon.

Karen Deborah said...

Sounds like it would be good to be a vegetarian then. Eat somebody elses pigs.

Jenni said...

This reminds me of that Giving Tree book--only with a tastier ending.

Kristi said...

They are cute...You didn't name them did you? I can't kill things I name.

Judy said...

Funny story to share on the same topic... sorta
When our kids were little we had a very small farm. On our farm was a turkey; a very ugly, mean, white turkey. He would attack when he didn't get his food as fast and as often as he thought he should. We called him Tikey. We butchered him and cooked him for Thanksgiving dinner, but we tried to keep it secret from the kids. As we sat around the dinner table, one of the kids said, "MMMMMMM, Tikey Turkey is good!

Anonymous said...

You need to post a video of them greeting you when you go to feed and water them before you digest them. You know, just so you can remember them for all eternity.

1215656559s20768 said...

I feel sorry for you, but let me remind you of the rising food prices. Keep your eye on the prize...a freezer full of pork. I'll trade you some of your pork for some of my deer meat.

Mama Dawg said...

Oh, boy. I don't know if I could do it. You're much stronger than I am.

50s Housewife said...

I think I would have to eat somebody else's pigs, or at least fool myself into thinking they were somebody else's pigs... :)

I have to tell you that I love reading your blog! You are so funny and I love to start my day with a laugh. Thanks!

Trisha said...

The circle of life can be cruel, can't it? Be stong!

Hope4Grace said...

Good for you! I love me some pork. But I couldn't be around when they meet their maker, or baker or packer or whatever you call it.

notmuchofacook said...

Gordon Ramsay on his British show "The F Word" raised pigs on his property. He fed them, watered them, had his kids help him, and then finally took them to the butcher. He wanted his kids to know where their food comes from. It was hard for him, but, as a chef and owner of several restaurants, he felt the experience was important.

Melissa said...

My grandparents used to have a few head of cattle... and eventually most of the cattle ended up at the butchers. There was one very friendly baby who was HUGE that I named Buffalo. He would suck on your fingers and let you pet him. About a year later my grandfather told me they'd taken Buffalo to the butcher. I wouldn't eat "homemade" beef for over a year, afraid I was eating sweet Buffalo!

Clayvessel said...

With the right names, not so much of a problem.

Our turkeys are always named "Thanksgiving" and "Christmas".
Steer names: Sir Loin, (Ground)Chuck, T-Bone, etc.
For pigs: Breakfast, Brunch, Ham Hock, Pork Chop.
By September when the smell really starts to get ripe, I'm always ready to see them go.

Shelley said...

Sigh, if only a spider would come along & write in its web "Some Pig" in their pen.....

Anonymous said...

There's some great pork recipes on the food blogs around here, try Prudence and Pennywise, Picky Palate, Smoky Mountain Cafe and Life Lightly Salted, Aggie's Kitchen, yep that should work.

Deborah P said...

Yep, I grew up knowing that any of the animals we saw around and about might end up on the dinner table. So it was normal. We just didn't name anything, although I love clayvessel's ideas!

iloveupstate.com said...

Silly question...what is the cost of buying each pig, raising & feeding & butchering services equal to per pound of meat obtained?

Rhea said...

Awww! They are pretty cute...but ham and bacon takes sooo good.

Pamelotta said...

Mmmmmm, bacon.

melanie said...

Oh my,I'm not kidding when I tell you I was eating bacon and eggs when I read this morning. The bacon is somehow not so appealing now!

Dawn said...

Pigs are yucky. They smell, they wallow. When it rains, the pen REALLY smells. They are muddy and they have an annoying squeal ....did that help???