Until the summer of 2012, I wasn’t a big fan of pork.
I mean, I like bacon. I also love sandwich jambon beurre, a simple delicious sandwich made with flavorful baguette, local ham and full-fat butter, when traveling through France. However, ”the other white meat” as seen in those TV commercials, no! To me, this meat was always flavorless and colorless. Call it, “the other chicken.”
I grew up in the Hudson Valley. My middle and high schools were about 2 miles away from a pig farm which consisted of one long building on a small lot. You never saw the pigs, but when summer arrived, you could smell them. It’s because of this farm, I thought, “I don’t like pork. I don’t like pigs. Pigs are filthy beasts.”
Fast forward to June 2012 when I met Pam McSweeney at the 8 Mile Creek Farm. I was looking for USDA Certified Organic free range beef, and I heard that her farm was very close to my house. When I got there, Pam offered to give me a tour. She asked if I would like to see the pigs.
I gave her an emphatic, “No!”
It didn’t matter. Pam is passionate about her work, and she was going to show it off whether I wanted to see it or not. It turns out I was just a few steps away from the shelter where the pigs slept at night. I didn’t know. It didn’t smell at all. Pam detailed how she marked about 200 acres of trails for the pigs to roam. In fact, when pigs have their freedom, they are like most other beings. They like to live and eat and play in other places than where they defecate. They keep their dwelling clean. These animals are more like the wild pigs brought to the Americas in the 1500s. They naturally choose to eat roots, bark and acorns as opposed to scraps and garbage. Because of their diet and exercise, their meat is really lean and red.
We were thrilled feature Pam’s wonderful meat at FLOW From The Garden in our Cuban and Thai menus. We plan to feature her free range chicken come early April.
FLOW From The Garden is located at 227 Lark Street, Lower Level, Albany, NY. FLOW From The Garden features fresh food and ingredients from area farms. We are open for dinner Wednesday – Saturday from 5 PM and Sunday for “Wine and Dine“ from noon to 5 PM. Please visit http://www.FLOWFromTheGarden.com for the current menu and reservations. Thank you for joining us.