Sometimes inspiration comes from unlikely sources as
does today’s post.
Via text to my son-in-law I said “3 bags full” referring to the bean plants I was picking as pig feed. Which somehow lead me to the nursery rhyme about sheep!
Baa, baa, green beans,
Are you my food?
Yes, sir, yes, sir,
Three bags full;
One for “Bacon”,
And one for the “Chops”,
And one for the little “Ham”
Who’s last in the line.
Full disclosure — yes I named our 3 pigs. My daughter was against the naming of our future food but I reminded her I was a 4-H farm girl for most a decade. I had bonded with a calf knowing it was going to market to be supper for someone. Farm kids know that, it never comes as an epiphany.
What I was harvesting was my epiphany moment about 4 years ago. Now, in my defense, my mom was a nurse and a farmer’s wife and while she made a lot of stuff from scratch baked beans was not on the list. So a few years ago when my friend’s dad, who is an amazing gardener, gave me beans I had that “ahah” moment! Green beans, left to grow, become beans. I know, it seems so elementary. I’d been gardening for years and once the green beans got past the “nice” stage I pulled the plants. Not anymore. I leave them to grow those beans as big as possible and then harvest. Which is what occurred today after I sent the text to my s-i-l.
There we are. 3 bags full for Bacon, Chops and Ham plus all the other pigs in the pen. Who I might add have grown a lot since I took this photo. I’ve been intrigued to watch them and learn more about pigs. A bonus is that our compost is not overflowing like usual by fall as lot of plant material has become their supper. Our bins were in need of a year off so this has been an added bonus. The other plus; that our “farm kid” s-i-l is raising their own food and a few extras.
It will be interesting to see if I receive any negative feedback from this post. You know the whole plant sourced food thing (like processing the hell out of vegetables makes them good for you?) versus eating meat and how that’s so bad for the environment. Which I personally don’t agree with as I feel like there are some seriously big issues that have a larger impact than Canadian raised beef, chickens or pigs. But that’s my opinion and of course everyone is entitled to their own.