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Go whole hog for Pig Day at Davis Farmers Market

02/27/2014 9:17 AM

02/27/2014 9:19 AM

The venerable Davis Farmers Market helped pioneer the farm-to-fork concept long before it became a formalized local movement. But produce isn’t the only thing on its vast menu of goods.

On Saturday, it will host the 23rd annual Pig Day, celebrating all things pork. Bring your appetites for individually priced items from vendors, including breakfast sammies (with bacon or pulled pork), pigs-in-a-blanket, fried pork with couscous and vegetables, pork ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, piggy pops (French bread on a stick shaped like a pig’s head), pig cookies and bacon-flavored “frozen confections.”

If you’d rather cozy up to a pig than eat one, try the petting zoo of piglets. Other children’s activities will be on site, as well.

For some context, listen to market manager Randii MacNear: “This year, our Pig Day celebration falls on the actual date of National Pig Day. It was founded in 1972 by sisters Ellen Stanley, a teacher in Lubbock, Texas, and Mary Lynne Rave of Beaufort, North Carolina. Pig Day is part of the Davis culture. It celebrates the pig’s rightful place as one of man’s most intelligent and useful domesticated animals. It’s also the only event of its kind in California.”

Pig Day at the Davis Farmers Market will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Central Park at Fourth and C streets. More information: (530) 756-1695, www.davisfarmersmarket.org.

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