Today I continue my quest in creating and posting one block a day of the fabulous That Town And Country Quilt by the lovely Susan-Claire Mayfield. This is day three hundred and eleven of that project.

This quilt block shows a large pig standing in front of a rubber bin with food in it. The food is a mixture of black pen, orange and yellow fabric. The pig is a light tannis-pink piece of fabric with a pink stitched outing. The outline shows its leg muscles, its ears, and its little curly tail. This is all against a blue salmon-patterned background.
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This is the splendid market hog, also called a baconer in some parts of the country.

This refers to a hog or swine between 150 and 300 pounds, depending on the breed raised for meat. My own sons raised market swine in 4-H and Farmhands 1 & 2 are participating in this program now.

In 4-H and on the farm they learn how to raise a quality meat project as humanely as possible. Although they try not to think of their pigs as pets they have a lot of fun raising them.

While the sows are named Cookie Cutter and Allspice, the market pigs end up with names like Pork Chop and Bacon. And one odd year when Farmhand 3 was only 3 we had one named Coffeemaker.

Along with their formulated grains, the pigs are herded out to walk and eat grass in the field. Cast off fruits and vegetables are often part of their diet.

Early on the boys teach them a form of hide and seek and while they are grazing the boys hide their produce so they can search for it. Entertaining boys and pigs.