Tuesday, June 3, 2008

PIGS ARE A COMIN"!!!!



Yes, I am very excited! Finally some new and different animals around here! I've been wanting to raise pigs for quite some time now. Given that we grow such a diverse cropping, we have soo much awesome 'slop' for piggies! From melons to sweet corn, these are going to be well fed pigs! We are probably getting about 6 or so. Neighbours are already putting their orders in for 'fall pork' ! Yes, we are going to eat them, BUT I think one or perhaps two may end up becoming 'life long' friends on the Sosnicki Farm!! My dad, Ted, is one in a million. For nothing but the price of some lag bolts, the guy used bull pen gates and steel from around here and constructed the new 'pig pen'. They are housing with our horse, and my stepdaughter will notice how 'small' her tack area has become! Man, I love my dad. Within a day and a half, he had everything welded and bolted into place. Since he farms too, and with the 'wet weather', it was the perfect time to get the men working on an 'animal project' for me! LOLOLOL! So I've shared a picture of my dad and Ben. Notice how hard Ben is working. LOLOLOLOL! Also Here is a recipe to inspire my new 'venture', not to mention we are now harvesting the fresh Spinach available at all Farmer's Markets NOW!


SPINACH BACON SALAD


Make croutons: Market bread is good for this! Use one inch bread cubes, about 2 cups, 1 tsp Garlic salt and 2 tbs olive oil. Toss together and bake in a single layer at 375 for about 15 mins turning until golden and crisp. Now, in a large bowl use about 1 lb of fresh spinach leaves, 3 hard boiled eggs chopped, 1/2 cup of Angelo's 'hard cheese' shaved, AND atleast 6 bacon slices, cooked crisp and crumbled! Now make your dressing! Get out your food processor! Put in 1/2 cup fresh spinach leaves, 2 slices crisp bacon, 1/3 cup Buttermilk (no stepdaughter, it does NOT taste like butter! A family joke!! LOLOLOL!), 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tbs white wine vinegar, 2 tbs chopped parsley, 1 tbs Dijon mustard, as much crushed garlic as you want, 2 tsp granulated organic sugar, fresh ground pepper, about a tsp. or so! Process! Pour over salad, add croutons, mix and mow! ~enjoy!