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Shout out to Babes in the Wood

link_930 | May 21, 200805:05 PM

I've been getting all my pork products -- and believe you me, I have gone through a lot of them -- from Babes in the Wood since this past winter. Living in Arlington, the Old Town Alexandria Farmer's Market is most convenient, but I know that they show up in other areas. I have schooled and converted non-pork eaters with their sausages, spareribs, tenderloins, you name it -- and everyone is always surprised to see that pork has such a complex, wonderful taste and texture. Babes in the Wood's products truly are different from anything else you can get -- the pork is so much more succulent, complex, unctuous, sweet, and toothy (not dry-toothy, but savor-every-bit toothy) than anything else I have tried thus far.

Bill, at the Old Town Alexandria Farmer's Market, is not only incredibly helpful with his products, but will take the time to talk to you about his philosophy and background, advise on preparation, and take custom orders. Personal experience backs this all up though I'm somewhat of a pain of a customer.

Unfortunately, they don't process the intestines, feet, or other delectable, gelatinous parts. Maybe if a group of us wanted to we could get in on the next order? (Hopeful thinking, I know.)

A lot of people don't eat pork for reasons of health, and I was one of them -- as a serious fitness buff, I stayed away for years, but find that it's best to have a bit of this than dry chunks of other forms of lean protein. Beef and chicken are great, but Babes' "forest fed pork" is much more enjoyable.

So next time you're at that market, bring along some strawberries and stop by for a chat! Babes in the Wood will certainly enchant your tastebuds.


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