Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Today is butchering day for my neighbor's cow, Uncle Wiggly, who wandered into our yard one morning not long ago and also gave me my first and only cow kiss. Soon he'll be providing nourishment for my neighbors and their wonderful children, transformed by a skilled hand from a living, breathing creature to a freezerful of beef.
It is bittersweet, this knowing the life cycle of your food. Just yesterday we dined on one of my friend's rabbits (which was superb). It is nice to know when my food came from loving homes and lived life fully instead of living a life of cruelty and confinement as so many factory farmed animals do. I only wish I had the means from this moment forward to vow to know the names of all my food, so I can properly thank them for their sacrifice.
Godspeed Uncle Wiggly. Thank you for sharing your cowness with me during your short but happy stay here by the SemiFarm. You will be sorely missed.

1 comment:

  1. Glad to hear you enjoyed the rabbit. I'm curious about the recipe your husband used - how it was prepared - since you said he was marinating it the day before. I am making one today with a Mediterranean recipe. By the way, we don't name the ones that are going to be processed - only the breeding stock get names.

    Best, Teresa @ Oak Tree Farm