Our pigs eat really well this time of year. Well, actually they eat really well all times of year. But they especially seem to love the watermelons and cantaloupes I bring them.
Every morning and evening I take them some pig feed, along with our table scraps from the night before. Most mornings this time of year that means that, at a minimum, they get some watermelon rinds in the morning. But I also try to take them something from the gardens around midday. That’s often a bucket of tomatoes that are going soft, a split watermelon or two, or what seems to be their favorite–some cantaloupes.
It’s a joy to see them come running from across the pasture when I call them. They squeal with anticipation as they run. As I watch them I’m usually reminded of the millions of pigs being raised in cages in American pork factories, who will never know what it’s like to run. Or to taste a cantaloupe.