NJ Monthly featured our farm in their September issue. The emphasis was on the slaughter facility and we are grateful that Pat Tanner and the staff at NJ Monthly took such an interest in telling our story, and a balanced look at what we do.
In other news, our hazelnut grove is the second largest in the state of NJ. Dr. Joseph Heckman, from Rutgers University (cultivator of the largest grove in NJ), was on hand to examine the trees.
And we have fruit this year! In reality, it takes novices like us just about 10 solid hours to extract the hazelnut from the shell and get a quart of nuts. The kids wander off after about 10 minutes of the roasting, picking, cracking, shelling, sorting, repeat, repeat, repeat. You might remember The Great Harvest of 2014.
But we are not the real consumer! The pigs will eventually get into the grove and eat the nuts. These trees are also infused with truffles. so the idea is… the pigs will lead us to truffles as they feast on the fruit. Problem is, the pigs also love the truffles. Can we train the pigs to find the truffles and not eat them? More to follow…