Not at all my normal kind of thing for here on Traveller’s Haven Farms, but just imagine… You are a farmer. You are just getting going with your Sunday morning routine and you get a call. The caller says they have some questions for you, but the most important thing is the information they have for you. Information that you have an entire herd of dead cattle out in a pasture. Numbering around two hundred head in fact. What a way to ruin a perfectly good day otherwise. Anyway, this or at least something similar to this, occurred in Wisconsin today. Facts are still sketchy and of course there is still a good deal of speculation, but this is what is know at this point.
An interesting show that I had recorded from the local PBS (KET) station some time back and finally gotten around to watching a couple of nights ago is called Endless Feast. It is a pretty good show that is actually something I could enjoy watching on a more regular basis, but I had only recorded the one episode and do not see it on the schedule anytime soon. The premise of the show is let’s go to some specific area of the country, hook up some chefs in the area with a good venue and, most importantly, local producers of food products from the farm and/or ranch. The particular episode I watched was set in Virginia and involved Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farms – in fact, it was because of seeing the name Polyface Farms that I had recorded the show at all.
Anyone heard about this half billion or so eggs being recalled across the country all because one or possibly two egg farms have allowed some contaminated eggs into the production stream? If this is not yet another reason for locally produced ‘slow’ food I can not imagine what would be. In the words of Earl Pitts, “Wake up America!”
I do not do this kind of thing on any blog very often, but that means if I am plugging someone, especially for free you should take a note or two. Hillside Heritage Farm is a small farm over in Garrard County Kentucky, not far from the river the same name located out on some rolling hills with an appropriate enough name. It is owned by John and Dorothy Contini and I am proud to claim them, along with the three kids as friends.
As I am waiting for a few thousand files to upload across the network so that I can move on the next step of something I doing for me on the computer end of things (which of course in turn allows me to put off for a bit longer what I need to do for the office between now and the morning) – I thought I would blog. Despite having a long list of blog ideas here on paper, as well as another list recorded in MP3 format – I was feeling particularly lazy. So, I thought for a bit and decided to write a bit about Willie and why he could be a hero.