The City Girl Farmer


Trip to the Butcher in Simla
July 27, 2009, 8:23 am
Filed under: Cats, Chickens, Other animals | Tags: , , , , ,

The coolest thing happened the other day.  I had ordered some organ meat from the butcher to make cat food for Sam, our asthmatic Siamese cat.  Naively, I had asked for  6 (beef) hearts and 6 livers thinking that would be about 20 lbs of meat or so.  I was quoted a price of $1.50/lb. and told it would be ready in a few days.  I went to pick it up last Friday and the meat was not ready.  I was told to meet the butchers at the meat locker so we waited while some guy loaded up the beef  he had ordered.

Moses lurking around the food processing project

Moses lurking around the food processing project

You should know that the butcher and local grocery store is run by a Dutch family that has been in the meat business for 9 generations according to local legend.  The latest is first generation American.  Mama and Papa still have very thick Dutch accents and the kids speak American English with an occasional odd pronunciation.  The children are young adults being groomed for taking over the family business.

My squeamish daughter taking a poke at a beef liver

My squeamish daughter taking a poke at a beef liver

Anyway, it’s finally our turn and the son takes my cooler into the locker and loads it up and he comes back apologizing because the cooler only could contain 4 livers and 4 hearts.    He said, “I couldn’t fit any more in and it weighed out at 60 lbs.  I figured you probably didn’t really want more than that.”  Well, I did some quick calculations of how my grocery budget was about to be decimated, quietly crapped a small brick, and asked him if I should pay him there or in the store.  The father and son kind of hemmed and hawed and the son said, “What do you think?  She’s buying 60 lbs.  What do we charge, a dollar a pound?”

“60 lbs.?  Fifty cents.”

“OK.  Fifty cents.  Thats about $30.  You can pay us here.”

I gave them $35 and just as I was about to leave, I asked if they ever have any hog back fat and/or leaf lard available for purchase.  The son said it was funny I should ask because he had been in the mood for cracklin’s that day and just happened to have some lard already rendered.  The father then proceed to scoop it into another lawn bag while the son gave me a quick tour of the meat locker.  They handed me the lard at the end of my “tour”  in a lawn bag and a cardboard box.   I asked him how much I owed and he said, “Don’t you use that to make pie crust?”

The city girl farmer taking lard from the lawn bag and putting it into jars to freeze

The city girl farmer taking lard from the lawn bag and putting it into jars to freeze

So I’ll be bringing a pie to the butcher in a few weeks.

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