What's Shakin' Bacon?

| 2/13/2012 9:55:04 AM

Spring may not officially be here yet, but ANS Farms already has several new arrivals and lots of activity to talk about! We are now on the brink of our busiest time of year. Tomorrow Andrew will be hauling our two Poland x Chester cross barrows to slaughter. They have been housed with our Poland China boar Boss Hog and Bacon, my parents' Poland x chester cross gilt. The four of them have spent the last several months in Garden #1 plowing and tilling up the ground. Their job is now complete, and once Pork Chop and Sausage have gone to the slaughter house tomorrow, Boss Hog and Bacon will head back to Garden #2 to clean up our winter garden mess. Here are Pork Chop and Sausage, two of the happiest little feeder pigs you will ever meet.

  Pork Chop and Sausage 

Our two young gilts, Ellie May (Poland China) and Daisy Duke (Poland x York), are now old enough to be in with Boss Hog. Once we get Boss and Bacon moved into Garden #2, the girls will join them. They have spent the last three months in our melon patch cleaning up. Hopefully, all three girls will deliver our first piglet litters sometime late spring/early summer. Here is Ellie May posing for the camera.

   Ellie May the Poland China gilt 

Here is a shot of Daisy Duke. When we first got her, her entire waist and bottom was grey and her body pink. She looked like she had pulled on a pair of Daisy Duke shorts, hence the name. Believe it or not, both of these girls were born the same week!

 Daisy Duke the hog 

Suzanne Cox
2/17/2012 6:33:13 AM

No problem Dave! Hope you have good luck with them. They sure did well in our fall garden, but we had a very mild winter this year so far. Most of ours matured to golf ball size or slightly larger. Even the biggest ones were sweet and spicy, not like most radishes. And I do love the Baker Creek catalog! Very attractive, and a nice read considering it's a seed catalog. LOL.

2/15/2012 4:03:08 AM

Suzanne, I was able to aquire one of the Baker Creek catalogs this year. It's the most awesome catalog I've been able to put my hands on. I found the radish in question on page 91. I'm going to order up some and see what happens. Thanks for the information.

Suzanne Cox
2/15/2012 3:19:43 AM

Hey Dave! Try Bakers Creek Seed Company. They are sold under the name "Chinese Red Radish" there. I think Burgess and Henry Fields sells them as well, but I can't remember if they are listed as watermelon, or Chinese? They are both the same thing though! Super pretty, and excellent on salads. Good luck! Suzanne

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