Farming often has rough days that cause us to question whether all the hard work is worth it. Of course, we often think in terms of money, of which there is little, especially with feed and fuel prices through the roof. However, there are other rewards that to us are priceless. There is the satisfaction of viewing our happy animals out on pasture, knowing that they are living a comfortable and content life. Hollie and I often observe our animals on our "little pig dates" after I get home from work. One of the greatest satisfactions of farming is the encouragement, support, and feedback we get from our loyal customers. This is what helps us get through the rough days and tells us it is worth continuing. We often get emails from our customers complementing us on the quality of meat we raise and the standards we abide by. We love receiving these little notes.
On our last round of deliveries, we were delivering to one of our customers Nick, who orders on a regular basis. He thanked us for the meat, we thanked him for the business, and then he shared an interesting experience that speaks to the quality of our pork. Nick and his wife recently had guests over that were visiting from Seattle. His guests make a living running a catering business. Nick's wife who is from Asia had prepared a Thai dish with our Berkshire pork. One of the guests took a bite and immediately commented on how juicy, tender, and flavorful the pork was in spite of the strong spices that Thai food often has. She then asked if they were eating Berkshire pork! Nick and his wife were a little surprised by how easily their guests could identify the quality and distinguish the flavor of Berkshire pork. Hollie and I both smiled thought, "Yep, its that good!"
Thank you to Nick for sharing this.