Linus expected toys and candy from the Great Pumpkin, but here on the farm, we know better. The hogs are the happy recipients of pupmkins, squash, and gourds left over after Hallowee'en and Thanksgiving, when home decor shifts from the autumnal to the yuletide.
For the pigs, the Great Pumpkin(s) takes the form of garden centers. We were fortunate enough to ask for, and receive curcubits from, a couple of generous garden centers, and we want to give them a shout-out. Here in Missouri, Wheeler Gardens gifted us with lots of left-over squash and pumpkins from their three locations. In Oklahoma, the Garden Trug (Tulsa) did likewise. Between the two locations, the hogs got almost two pickup truck loads of fine fall fruit.
This haul was as beautiful as it was nutritious. The hogs delighted in their bounty, which has been dished out over several weeks. The farmer was happy to augment their feed with good vegetables that enhance their health and flavor. The garden centers didn't have to throw all of this goodness in a dumpster and pay to have it hauled away. This is business-to-business at its best.
And the pigs? They think that pumpkin is great indeed!
Merry Schepers lives on a farm with her heritage pigs in Nixa, MO.