Good point. In fact, agritourism is an area that is flourishing during this 'economic Katrina.' While others are standing in bread lines waiting for the "government" (translation, taxpayer) bail outs or other financial underpinnings, farmers are turning farmwork into "hands on farm experiences". We (see also, city slickers) actually paid for the experience of driving cattle from Montana to Wyoming - and enjoyed it!
I am so blessed to be able to purchase organic lard from pastured animals at a local farm. Everything crisps up better with lard! Hey Mother Linda...will you be placing a Lard Lovers page on Facebook? Lots of lovers over there who would love to connect! :-)
Yes we do have some great lard, both in fat back and leaf lard. We raise pastured pigs so the flavor is very bold. Our pigs are not only on good grass pasture they are also on oak forest in the fall and are supplemented with Whey from Beltane farm.
We tried the route of being able to sell rendered lard but even though our fat back and leaf lard is processed under USDA inspection I can't render it without paying for a inspector to watch the process.
We are trying to come up with the best way to package and sell it frozen.