Hot Dogs Are Back!

Sugar Mountain Farm Pastured Pork Hot Dogs

Hot Dogs are back and so am I!

My Sugar Mountain Farm blog is not yet in a final installation but after loads of testing (thank you everyone) I’m ready to post again. Since I am using a beta version of the new WordPress 3.0 software on my servers I was a bit hesitant to do a lot of posts until I got things working smoothly. Note that I am still using the temporary domain of for a little while longer so as to not interfer with old incoming links. When I finish doing the transfer all old links should work fine and the blog will be back at its old familiar address of so you won’t have to update any links or bookmarks. As I figure out WordPress 3.0’s features you’ll notice gradual changes an improvements and the menus under the header photo above will get filled in. Stay tuned…

Hot Dog Label

Hot dogs! Did I say hot dogs?!? Yes, I did! These are our famous all natural, pastured pork, smoked, skin-on hot dogs with no-nitrates and no-nitrites. All the goods stuff you want your kids to eat. (Sorry, George, but we have no brussel sprouts.)

We got the latest batch of over 2,200 in last Wednesday and they are sold out as of this morning. That is to say sold out from our inventory and in stores near you, provided that you live in central Vermont and western New Hampshire. Check out the following great stores and restaurants:

All Natural Sugar Mountain Farm Smoked Hot Dogs

The hot dogs are absolutely delicious with a crisp snap to the skin, smokey flavor, juicy well blended pastured pork and hint of Vermont maple syrup. No nitrates, no nitrites, no preservatives, no weird stuff. Just the all natural goodness we want to feed ourselves and our kids. We saved out a few packages for our own family to do scientific taste testing, yes, that’s what it is, scientific taste testing in the interests of market research…

In other news we’ve been busy getting spring farm projects done. The snows are finally really gone…I think. I have planted peas and they’re up. Today Hope and I planted tomatoes, potatoes, more peas, lettuce and broccoli.

Barrel of Seed and Seeder

Will and Ben did an amazing job of seeding over all of our old fields and new fields, perhaps a total of 60 to 70 acres. They did this on foot with hand seeders. Our terrain is too steep and rough with boulders to use the tractor’s cone seeder so it took them about two weeks or so. Plus I just didn’t want to risk a punctured tire on the tractor – they cost over a grand each. I fixed one tire already but I shudder to think what some of those hunks of granite ledge and tiger spike saplings could do. The new grasses and legumes are already sprouting although we’re way behind the lush fields down in the valley – a penalty we pay due to our high (for New England) altitude.

Fairy-spuds (Claytonia virginica) Flower along Fencing Line

The current big project that we’ve almost completed is fencing in the new fields. We now have a mile and a half of three wire fencing going around the outer perimeter. That’s about 23,000 feet of fencing wire and many hundreds of line posts. Fortunately we have trees and big rocks to use for almost all of our corner anchor posts and even many of our line posts. There are a few downed trees we need to chainsaw out of the fence line and other small details but the project is 95% there. It is pig tight and we’ve already started dividing it up into smaller paddocks for rotational grazing. The pigs are out in one section and just loving all those old rotten logs that were on the forest floor left over from the ice storm of 1998.

Happy with Piglets

This past week we weaned a lot of piglets, about half of which will go to fill piglet orders for people wanting summer pigs to raise up for meat for their families. A few prime piglets will get selected for future breeders to stay here and to go to other farms. The others will become grower pigs, feeders, on our farm, enjoying the best season of the year outdoors on Vermont mountain pastures.

Now is the easy time of the year. The weather is warm, not too much rain, no snow. The half dozen sows that are about to farrow will be doing it out on pasture during the best of times as will those who farrow out through October. It is nice to be past winter.

On-Farm Slaughterhouse Rising – Think Sans-Snow Though!

In addition to our usual daily chores, planting, seeding, fencing and deliveries we’ve been cleaning up from winter. It is always amazing the number of things that get buried and hidden away under the snow. We’ve also started work up on our on-farm butcher shop project. Never a dull moment in Paradise! Holly once told me back when we first met that she never wanted to be bored. I’m glad I can oblige…

Outdoors: 64°F/34°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 68°F/62°F

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13 Responses to Hot Dogs Are Back!

  1. Gail in Montana says:

    Great news, Walter, so glad you are back. I bet your hot dogs are delicious!! Wow, what a lot of work to plant your fields. Kudos to Will and Ben, what a job!! Sounds like your spring projects are moving right along. Good luck with all that work!!! Take care and God bless you and your family and keep you safe, well, and warm/cool.

  2. Jane says:

    Thanks for the update! I love reading about your farm life. It is my dream to move out of this grimy noisy crazy city and live in the country. I am figuring out what I have to and can give up to make that dream happen. Love the photo of the flower. You are so lucky to have kids who help and work so hard. Your family is and amazing team! Wish you shipped your dogs. The hot dogs I mean! Do you?

  3. ranch101 says:

    Yay! An update! I realize you’re busier than ever with all the usual farm chores, the new construction, the transferring of the blog and many other things. I am glad you were able to spare a little time to share your life with us, and I’m glad to hear that your life is going well! Thinking fondly of all of you and all you do.

  4. Finally found you again. I like the new blog!

    Anyway, wish I lived close enough to pick up a package of those hot dogs!

  5. Sarah says:

    WOOHOO!! a new post to read and piglet pics.

  6. Michelle says:

    The picture of the flower along the fence line is really pretty.

    This week we got our (much smaller than yours) pork and poultry pasture up and started to use it. Bought 2 sections of poultry netting (electric) from Premier 1 and it’s working so nicely! And it’s nice to see the pigs out enjoying rooting around and just being pigs.

  7. Peter says:

    Nice, to read you again, Walter!
    The picture and your description of the hot-dogs really made me hungry. I have to eat a steak. Now. :)
    The flower looks like claytonia virginica (spring-beauty -the corms are good hog-fodder), but the leaves don’t. But I am sure, its some kind of claytonia. Maybe some kind with corms.
    C. virginica-corms are the main diet of the wild hogs at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, I had read here: link
    My own growing-tests where not successful so far… (didnt germinate)

    Peter, Berlin

    • Peter, I think you are right. Thanks for the identification! I always enjoy learning the names of plants and often blog readers have been able to supply them when I can’t, like this time. I’ve updated the photo ID above with a link.

  8. Walter is blogging again and all is right with the world. Has the change been worth all the work Walter ?

  9. Switching to WordPress has been something I’ve been meaning to do for my farm blog for a looong time. I’ve been using WordPress, in an earlier version, for for years. Blogger’s kicking me in the butt by stopping publication of the FTP blogs was the incentive I needed to finally make the move. I knew that it was going to be a lot of work. I just wish they had waited until July when WordPress 3.0 would be solid. So I must thank Blogger / Google for pushing me along. :) It is worth it to be on WordPress.

  10. OMG! That seeder you have in your picture looks just like the one I have in my garage. I’ve been wondering how it would work on our farm as a clover/ryegrass seeder, but I guess from that picture you’ve already made good use of it on your place. Good to know.

    • We have several of these and like them a lot. A little larger capacity would be nice but not too much bigger. We mix up seed in 5 gallon pails or 30 drums and then carry those out into the field. With the seed batches set at the proper distances one walks back and forth between them and can do large areas fairly efficiently and quickly. A friend loaned us a back pack version but it was awkward – actually front pack. We have experimented with carrying the seed in frame back packs but the drums work well. We also have a $600 big PTO driven cone seeder that goes on the tractor. Given our steep slopes it is almost useless and almost never gets used. A waste of money. Live and learn. These little cheap ones were $10, I think, when we got them long ago and they have lasted very well.

  11. Donal Parks says:


    What brand is the seeder you use? I can’t see any identifying marks from the picture. I’m trying to find a good hand-held seeder for my pastures…they’re not quite as steep as yours, but steep enough that I don’t feel comfortable taking the tractor everywhere.


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