I'd love to have a pig's head. If I ever make it to DC The Great Wall is now an early-morning priority.
just about everyday they get a new pig and she indicated that the head is one of the desired parts of the roast pig. It has a lot more crispy skin, she explained. She sells the head for $5 but it is usually gone by noon. Well had to give it a try so I picked one up yesterday. The skin is fantastic but I may have bit off more than I can chew. It is about 7 to 8 pounds and large. Other than me, no one wants to touch it in my house. Oh well.
I actually tried to get a (fresh) pig's head from the vendors at the Farmer's Market here and (after a few startled looks accompanied by stutters of 'Wh wh what? You want the head? WHY?') I finally got a lead.
(The reason I wanted the head was to make headcheese ha ha ha which of course sounds repulsive but I was just in the mood . . .)
So I e-mailed the guy who was supposed to have a pig's head since he has pigs, and this is part of the e-mail I received in response:
No pig's head found yet.
We just took some pigs to be processed and I inquired about getting a pigs head. The Federal Inspector told me that we could not keep the heads because they were shot in the head at the processing plant.Since all of our meat is Federally inspected we won't be able to get you a head. There are other farms that use custom processors and are not Federally inspected, they may be able to get you a head.