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Old 09-13-2008, 01:08 PM   #1
Jay Cohen
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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I

-- took the one less traveled

So I’m cruising on a short 15-mile road ride after work, when I decide to take this right turn on a road I’ve never been on. Down on the Aero bars, enjoying the slight down grade, spinning smooth when I see a farm approaching on my left. I see a lot of farms, mostly dairy, few beef, but when I saw the pink pigs in the pasture, it was hit the brakes, turn in the gravel driveway and just stop and stare. There was a pig mailbox, pig statues, pigs and people everywhere. So I do what anyone wearing brightly colored spandex, standing in the middle of some strangers driveway with a bunch of kids, dogs and farm people staring would do, I shout “ Who owns those pigs?” Doesn’t everyone raise his or her hands! Well, I thought I died and went to Hog Heaven. I said, “any for sale”? They all answer at once, Yep, sure are. Well, I immediately say I’ll take one, told them I’d be back the next day with some money.

Stopped today, they been raising pigs for over 50 years, took me up to the “maternity ward” where they had about 10 mothers and 75 piglets, see pic’s. The place was spotless. Asked it the pigs were friendly, as they had babies nursing, and the owner said, had to be, grandkids playing with the pigs all the time, won’t keep a mean animal.

Long story short, local pastured raised pork, some grain, no chemicals, antibiotics or other crap, price was $1.25 hanging weight, butcher will charge me about $.33 to process, will include chops, hams, sausage, bacon, and I plan to ask him to give me every possible part of that pig, as I plan to eat from Nose to Tail(which is also a title of a classic cook book).
Picking up the pig two weeks as they let it sit for a week after it’s put down.

So, I’m getting about 150 lbs of local raised pork, for about $200 bucks.

You got to love it………………..

Point of story, get off the beaten path, and go exploring, life is way too short.
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Old 09-13-2008, 01:14 PM   #2
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Re: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I

I thought the point was that wearing bright Spandex will get people to agree to anything! ;-p
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Old 09-13-2008, 01:39 PM   #3
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Re: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I

You always deliver Jay, good work. Many-a-bacon bowl will be made I'm sure
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Old 09-13-2008, 03:41 PM   #4
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Re: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I

.........( steady drip, drip of drool...).............
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Old 09-13-2008, 06:13 PM   #5
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Re: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I

You guys in Pennsylvania get all the fun. We've got the weather and all in California, but the Bay Area is a little short on pig farms.
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Old 09-13-2008, 07:03 PM   #6
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I'm seriously eating good food here!
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Old 09-13-2008, 07:08 PM   #7
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Re: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I

Man I gotta head out to sharpsville lol, malvern has no farms.
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Old 09-13-2008, 08:31 PM   #8
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Re: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I

Jay, I thought the ending of the story would be that you took home a pet pig! What a disappointment!!! (just kidding of course!)
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Old 09-14-2008, 04:28 AM   #9
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Head north, Joe.
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Old 09-14-2008, 07:51 AM   #10
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Re: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I

You had me at hog, but lost me (momentarily) at spandex.
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