Maggie and I visited Black Bottom Farm in Galena, Md., today! They actually have a lot more than pigs — cattle, turkey, chickens, rabbits and veggies too. They’re launching a CSA this summer. You can find out more on their Facebook page. The farm is open to visitors on Saturday afternoons.
I chat with owner Kim Wagner at the Easton farmer’s market (she’s there every other week, trading weekends with SB Farms — the bison folks). I mentioned that I’d been down to visit Polyface Farms a few years ago and I thought their pigs must be the happiest on earth. Kim said she challenged that. After all, her pigs are pastured and have the run of the woods for plenty of shade (just like at Polyface), AND they are fed cheese wheels from Chapel Country Creamery, gourmet bread and sprouted oats. I got a tour from Kim and her kids today. She was kind enough to send me home with some of the hummus that will be offered through the CSA. I picked pineapple pesto from the flavors available. Enjoy the photos of their farm below!
Kim said, “If you leave here thinking that you wouldn’t mind being a pig on this farm, we’re doing it right.” That she is! The pigs were social, obviously well-fed, and there wasn’t any smell. If you get the chance to visit Black Bottom Farm, do it! Or at least buy their meat. I picked up Santa Fe-seasoned sausage at the market this morning and can’t wait to have it for breakfast this week.