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Third Thursday

A couple of weeks ago we set up shop at Joplin’s Third Thursday in order to sell some pork.  It was originally supposed to be our Farmer’s Market debut, but they postponed the opening of the market so we were the only farmers there.  For those of you not familiar with Third Thursday, the city of Joplin closes off…

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Eggs and Bacon-farm fresh!

We collected our million dollar egg on a Wednesday.  Friday, we got our second egg and picked up our meat from the butcher.  That left no choice for breakfast on Saturday morning. I popped out of bed and ran down to the kitchen to fry up our first homegrown breakfast.  The eggs were small, but so full of flavor! …

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Bittersweet-bacon is curing as we type

It is bittersweet.  It is sad to remove an animal from our farm.  It is sad to know his fate.  But let’s get to the nitty gritty.  We eat meat.  We’d rather eat meat that we know than meat from the store.  This pork is hormone free, antibiotic free, and steroid free.  The hog got to wallow in the mud, dig in…

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One sign of a real farmer

Is driving your tractor down the road. Yep.  Hubby drove about 1/2 a mile down the road to borrow a tractor attachment from Uncle Lewis.  I followed in the van so I could take pictures and protect him from traffic.  Thankfully, there was no traffic behind us.  The sad thing is when we tried to attach the tractor piece…

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Pigs are a growing

We’ve had our pigs about 45 days (I’m guessitmating).  They are surely growing, but at different rates.  One pig is the biggest, one is medium, and one is still small.  This is normal for pigs to grow at different rates as one always turns out to be more dominant.  The dominant pig eats more food than the others.  He…

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Pig Paradise

Hubby finished the pig fortress!  It is mostly made of pallets he found on Craig’s List.  He built a door that locks so they are safe from nocturnal predators.  He also lined the hog panels with pallets to make it a little tougher for animals to jump into the hog pen. To move the pigs from the horse barn…

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Deworming Pigs

The theory is that the pigs dig in the dirt and eat worms and other parasites.  Our smallest pig isn’t growing nearly as quickly as the other two.  He has also been acting less social.  After researching, it is possible he has a worm problem.  We tried the natural worming method for one month.  I am not confident it…

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Daily Chores

We’ve got morning chores and evening chores.  Sometimes one of us does the chores, other times both of us get to chore together.  Since we have kiddos we often have to take turns between tending children and tending farm animals.  Sometimes I strap my toddler on with a Boba carrier to help with evening chores.  The funny thing about…

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Temporary Pig Pen

When we decided to try raising pigs for meat, I imagined happy pigs frolicking in pasture, then returning to a warm, dry barn. We created such a space, but the pigs were attacked and killed the first night.   I had to re-imagine a place to keep the pigs. My goal of happy pigs was trumped by live pigs. We…

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