I have always been a serious scavenger when it comes to pig feed. Animals need to eat seasonally too just like humans. We all need variety!
Though the variety comes in gorging waves and the new wave is windfall apples. Here in Illinois they call apples that hit the ground ‘Drops’.
I can’t tell you how happy I was to discover that Jill the Mill Manager ( and one of the few women Millers in the country ) has an orchard. An organic orchard. And her apples are thinning themselves out by dropping to the ground. It is a feast!
So Anna, and her sister and I, took ( not enough) buckets out to Jill’s orchard which is only about nine miles away and literally scooped up the apples from the ground.
Even the smallest of the pigs, who have gone quite wild in their tall weeds and are seldom sighted, chased the little apples around with their snouts trying to get a bite. Though I have to stand still for the longest time to get even a bad photo of them.
Just out of interest for you – and if you are looking for an organic way to keep the Japanese Beetles off your trees – the Apple trees are sprayed with Kaolin Powder. It is a clay. The brand name is Surround. It leaves everything silvery and muddy looking but keeps the bugs off! Organic ways are not always the prettiest!
I am going back today to collect more pig apples.
Also you will remember that I used to pick apples for a living when the kids were little so I look forward to harvest time!
We got the hay in. 40 really nice bales though I had to turn the hay twice to get it dry. The humidity is not a hay makers friend.
Have a good one.