Pig Harvest

Last night, John came back from feeding the pigs some premo slop (I had cleaned out expired canned goods from the pantry earlier in the day), and he announced that one should not pour the slop in such a way that it lands on a pig’s head …. not unless you are prepared to wear the slop yourself when the pig gives itself a good sloppy shake. Oh, John, he’s always good for some unintentional comedy!!

Wilber Relaxes Before

Wilber relaxes next to the cow just minutes prior to "harvest"

Today, after Mark & Susi deboned chickens and made beef-bacon stuffing (stuffed chickens will themselves be pig stuffing), everyone gathered in the former potato patch to help “harvest” one of our Berkshire pigs, which will be slow-roasted for the fundraiser that Slow Food is having here on the farm this Saturday. The photo here is of the pig relaxing prior to the deed. I will make a separate page with the post-deed photos for those interested in seeing the process. They are graphic, so if you do not wish to see pig from bullet to butcher-block, just don’t click through to the photo gallery, which I will add as soon as I have a chance to figure out the photo album plug-in I just installed.

Gathered for the harvest.

Randall's Pig Harvest Serenade

Randall plays the pig to the other side.

Randall was one of the butchering experts present (Mike the other). Randall prefers not to be present during the actual kill. From around the other side of the house, up on John’s mural, his fiddle serenade helped calm all actively involved, maybe even the pig too.

David & Phillip Kendall

David & Phillip Kendall

David & Phillip Kendall showed up to deliver tables and chairs right before the kill. Phillip jumped in and helped with the processing along with Mike, Dory, Mark, Randall, John, and myself.

Yet another unintentional comedic moment provided by John at the very end of the night… John went into the woods for a “gut run” … on the edge of a drop-off, he swings the very heavy bucket to toss the contents, looses his footing, and he and the bucket both went tumbling down the hill. He somehow managed to not injure himself nor rupture the bucket contents. Too bad it wasn’t caught on film … the description alone had us red-faced with laughter.

Here are the rest of the photos from pig harvest day, including the graphic ones. Click on a photo, then choose “start slideshow”… with my browser, when I click a photo, it zaps me back to the top of the post, so you’ll have to scroll back down to see the “start slideshow” option. Sorry, still working out the kinks!!

01-Mike-checks-out-the-VFD-cooker.jpg
01-Mike-checks-out-the-VFD-cooker.jpg
02-Mike-prepares-hair-loosening-hot-water-bath.jpg
02-Mike-prepares-hair-loosening-hot-water-bath.jpg
03-Pig-relaxes-next-to-cow-minutes-prior-to-harvest.jpg
03-Pig-relaxes-next-to-cow-minutes-prior-to-harvest.jpg
04-Cow-gets-some-love.jpg
04-Cow-gets-some-love.jpg
05-David-&-Phillip-Kendall-on-pig-harvest-day.jpg
05-David-&-Phillip-Kendall-on-pig-harvest-day.jpg
06-Chef-Mark-ready-with-thermometer.jpg
06-Chef-Mark-ready-with-thermometer.jpg
07-Dory-&-Mike.jpg
07-Dory-&-Mike.jpg
08-Dory,-Mike,-Mark,-Randall,-David,-&-Phillip-talk-harvest-logistics.jpg
08-Dory,-Mike,-Mark,-Randall,-David,-&-Phillip-talk-harvest-logistics.jpg
09-Randall-&-Dory-set-up-rought-iron-tripod.jpg
09-Randall-&-Dory-set-up-rought-iron-tripod.jpg
10-Randall-fiddles-during-the-kill.jpg
10-Randall-fiddles-during-the-kill.jpg
11-Randall-fiddling-on-John\'s-mandala-design.jpg
11-Randall-fiddling-on-John's-mandala-design.jpg
12-Mike-meditates-before-the-kill.jpg
12-Mike-meditates-before-the-kill.jpg
13-Hung-for-bleeding.jpg
13-Hung-for-bleeding.jpg
14-Hanging-the-pig-on-tripod.jpg
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15-Pig-in-hot-water-to-loosen-hair.jpg
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16-Scraping-the-last-of-the-hair-off.jpg
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17-Randall-&-Mark-take-a-bread-during-hair-scraping.jpg
17-Randall-&-Mark-take-a-bread-during-hair-scraping.jpg
18-Gutting-is-surprisingly-clean-process.jpg
18-Gutting-is-surprisingly-clean-process.jpg
19-Gutting-process-continued.jpg
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20-Final-cleaning-...-Noah-from-Mountain-Harvest-helps-out.jpg
20-Final-cleaning-...-Noah-from-Mountain-Harvest-helps-out.jpg
21-A-job-well-done.jpg
21-A-job-well-done.jpg
22-Mike-and-Mark-with-pig-harvest-complete.jpg
22-Mike-and-Mark-with-pig-harvest-complete.jpg

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