While working from home this afternoon, I realized that since it’s dark when I get home on weeknights, today was my last chance to go meet our pig — they are scheduled to meet Farmer George, the butcher, sometime on Saturday. So we called up Rolling Bay Farm, got directions and went on by to scritch their backs. (I wanted to pat their heads but she said that was not a very good idea.)

They seemed happy and came up to the gate to say hi. We got a stick and scritched backs while they all jostled for places by the fence (including one or more who seemed to be trying to eat the fence). They wiggled their noses through the fence at us and I was surprised to note it was hard to restrain myself from touching them! I kept looking at their soft-looking pink noses and wanting to poke them, just a tiny bit, but then remembering how much I like having fingertips.

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Next time I see these pigs they will be all cut and wrapped and ready for the freezer or smoker. Thanks, pigs! Thanks, farmers Adrienne and Mark!

  6 comments for “Pigs

  1. Adrienne
    January 28, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Glad that you got a chnace to see the pigs! Love the pictures and I know you’ll be very happy in a few weeks. It will make your Dark Days challenge much more enjoyable.

  2. Leigh
    January 28, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Are pigs really that mean? I would’ve wanted to pet them too! Such cute little noses.

  3. January 30, 2010 at 4:24 am

    How satisfying it must be to have that much of a connection with what you’ll buy. I didn’t know pigs bite/snap. Interesting. Do you know if its a regular thing of pig-dom, or only when they see an interesting human or are in line for food on site?

  4. Shan
    January 30, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    I like the one where the pig appears to be smooching the fence post. :)

  5. January 30, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Apparently they aren’t really that mean … I’m apprehensive of pigs in general because I know they can be mean and they are most definitely omnivores and don’t mind eating meat (including you & me) at all. But these girls are pretty tame.

    We went back again today to get the liver and feet and ears, but the slaughter truck wasn’t even there yet, so we got to say hey again. This time farmer Mark was out in the yard so he came over with us and we got to scritch them and pat them a bit. They are funny critters.

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