Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Farm Life= Excitement! Part TWO

Part two of Farm Life= Excitement continues. Although, its not near as action packed as the first part.

One of little piglets that we've had since birth was not doing so well. He had lost his ability to walk with his back legs. As a result of this, the poor little guy prolapsed. Farmer Jason spared him the days ahead of suffering and put him out of his misery.

I need to interject here by saying that we butchered this piglet for our own personal consumption (as in, Labor Day dinner- see photo below). The pork that we sell is butchered professionally and packaged in perfectly sealed retail cut bags.

Nonetheless, they ALL taste incredible. You should give it a whirl.

The events below transpired at insane hours of the morning last Friday. Shortly after waking up, KK realized that her daddy was nowhere in sight.

"Where is daddy, mommy?" KK asked.

"He is outside," I replied.

"What's he doing?"

"Well. Remember that sick pig? Daddy had to put him down this morning?"

"How does he do that?"

"He has to shoot him. Its what is better for him because he was hurting very badly."

"Oh. Okay. Can I see him?"

After she asked this question, I looked for Jason to see what stage he was at in the process. And I caught him in the 'pig hanging from tree' stage. KK quickly slipped on her rubber boots and bolted out the door.

Jason said that KK was extremely interested in everything and never once acted as if she was grossed out by any of it. She did keep asking Jason why the pig's eyes were open. This was fascinating to her and lead to an entire train of questions.

I'm sure there were lots of other funny things that she said and asked. This was her first butchering experience. I grabbed the camera because I seriously thought this was a strange event KK was participating in before school in her princess pajamas.

I just sipped my coffee and snapped some photos. I have a rule. If I am to eat something, I can't participate in the killing and butchering. It's a little too personal for me. To where as Jason LOVES the entire process. Its rewarding to him that something he killed, butchered, and smoked tastes so delicious. I think it may taste extra delicious to him because of all of the effort he put into the process.

"A little to left, Honey."

"Or right. Perfect! I can see the guts now!"

Now my baby is all up in the pig's business.

"Time to get ready for school, KK."
"Mommy, did you see his eyes were open?"
I think she is still yawning in this one. Bless her heart. Now she has to come inside and eat breakfast. Ewww!
And Jason snapped a photo of the hog smoking. You can't really see in the photo, but there was no head present when smoking or eating. Who do you think we are, people??? Yuck! It was just side of the hog and was seriously delicious. Some of the best smoked pork that I've ever had!


QuiltedSimple said...

Oh yummy! But I agree with you - it's only been in recent years that I can see the deer still as bambi and then eat the deer. Just last year I was able to help with the butchering process and then eat the meat. it's great that KK had such an interest in where her food comes from!
Take care,

mandi said...

you guys are so cool!

hey- i met your friends the carrolls last night. i'm thinking you and rachel should meet halfway here and we can all hang- whatcha think?

Farmchick said...

Hi~ I am not sure how I found my way to you but I really enjoyed reading your blog. I have the same feelings as you when I send my kids to school...it's bitter sweet and I am a room mom too! Oh, I also am a farmgirl! Stop by and visit me sometime and please let me know you stopped in! I love to meet new people and make new friends!

Pine Pod Farm said...

Yum, don't eat much pork here though!

Grace said...

Loved the post, and I agree with you...I'd much rather just enjoy the food, and not "prepare" it beforehand! Reading your blog makes me want to move out to the country and live the farm life. It seems like such a wholesome way to live. Aahhh, just a little jealous here! Just kidding! (I think!)