Raising pigs is nothing to sneeze at and you need to have the right facilities ....so its not for everyone. Sometimes I get requests from folks to 'grow out' a pig for them either because they don't have the time, space, or inclination to do it themselves.
But I got too much pig hatin' in me to raise them for anyone but us. So I just politely thank them and say, "No." Good thing there are folks in your area that are happy to grow up a pig, have it dressed, and bring it it you wrapped and ready for the freezer.
The other day a bunch of us online gals were ogling a craigslist ad.... I gotta say.. the hams this guy had were amazing. Dave at Spring Hill Farms right here in central Ohio was advertising hickory smoked hams for the holidays. One of the bunch called him up and placed an order. We all sat around waiting to see what happened and..... a very nice man delivered a beautiful box of pork right to her door! And he played with her goats so she was really happy.
I'd been lurking on his blog for a while. Dave and I seem to have similar thoughts on raising stock and when he started talking about doing things the "old timey" way. well.. I was sold. Especially since he raises Tamworth hogs. I have to say we are definitely getting Tams again - they are easy keepers, grow like bad weeds, free range like kings, and oh.. the bacons and hams are the business.
If you are looking for locally raised pork (beef and chicken also) in central Ohio look no further than Spring Hill Farms. Dave will get you set up, for sure.
Besides craigslist, another great place to look for local producers is on Local Harvest. This site is a great place to find local farms, CSA's, farm markets, and U-pick farms near you. Check it out - from bison to blueberries you are sure to find exactly what you need - locally.
Happy Hams everybody!