Once upon a time I blogged about the very cheap pork neck fillets we were enjoying in Germany. For shame! I’m not sure when the penny dropped, but the reason the meat was so cheap was of course the dreadful way in which the animals were farmed, and I’m sad to say it’s no better in Australia. That pork you find on the meat shelves in Woolies? Someone pays the true price of that meat, but it surely isn’t us. After having this revelation we became quasi-vegetarians, owing mostly to the cost and scarcity of meat produced in an animal-friendly way. We continued our adventures in vegetarianism until recently when a certain member of our family joined us at the dinner table. As many of you well know, this little person is not much of a sleeper, and anything we can do to boost the iron in his diet (read: anything we can do to get him sleeping better at night) is currently top priority.
Second to cuddles (and breastfeeds, ahem) this man likes a sausage in hand.
So you’ll imagine how delighted I was to find Tillari Trotters (aka ‘the cuddly pig lady’). The first things one notices when visiting the market stall are large photos of a lady cuddling her pigs, the very same lady who now stands before you. She and her family farm rare breed Tamworth pigs and Persian sheep, humanely treated and much loved. Our favourite products so far are the loin bacon (salt-cured, nitrate free) and “Crap-free sausages”.
If you live nearby may I suggest you take a moment to order your Christmas ham? I guarantee it will come from the happiest pigs in Australia.
In case you’re interested, Tillari also sell live piglets. Hmm, about that back fence…