December 2015

In the Drink

If you threw me into water in freezing weather, I’d scramble to get out as quickly as possible.  Even being thirsty wouldn’t influence my instinct to escape.  But not so with pigs.  Their first thought isn’t “I’m cold”.  It is “I might be hungry or thirsty later, so I’d better drink while I’m here”. Our pigs …

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Piglet Wrangling

These are pig-fattening stations…the swine are fed here.  Anyway, I was a pig man.  As the prophet Daniel warned King Nebuchadnezzar, “They shall drive thee from among men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field.”  Saul Bellow, Henderson the Rain King OK, that quote doesn’t have much to do with anything, but …

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Sow Shelter

Up goes another hoop building!  AJ did all the surveying work for me, laying out the posts and squaring the corners.  It was a good project for him and provided his introduction to the Pythagorean Theorem and its applications.  The layout got away from him a little, but these buildings are flexible so I didn’t follow up …

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Poblano Sausage

Seems like whenever I discuss recipes with other farmers, our conversations follow along the lines of the Portlandia “Did You Read?” sketch.  But the book that usually tops the list is Ruhlman’s Charcuterie.  For anyone who hasn’t read it, I recommend it.  (Hint: if you are reluctant to buy yet another cookbook, it should be easy to …

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