Did you know that Smithfield ham and Champagne have lots in common? What you say? Really, Stuart? Yes. Really. But I’ll get to that in a minute. First things first.
Remember it’s Scottish Terrier Month and I mentioned that I’m celebrating ALL MONTH long. My birthday is THIS THURSDAY, but the peeps and I took a little birthday road trip early. So, come along and let me show you Smithfield, Virginia.
Smithfield is in Isle of Wight County, Virginia and about 8,000 people live there. It’s an old place – not by European standards, or, heck, not by the rest of the world’s standards for that matter – but it’s old enough to be called old around here. Lord, am I getting old, while we’re on the subject, turning 6. Can you believe that? That’s around 40 in human years. Sorry, I digress.
Smithfield was incorporated in 1752. Lots of history around here. It’s near Williamsburg and Jamestown. Where the good ‘ole U.S. of A. started. And it’s near Surry, too, and I have a cute little story to tell you about the trip from Surry to Jamestown, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
First, I must thank Mr. Bob Begland at Wharf Hill Antiques for the nice treat he gave me while I was shopping with the peeps. And thank you, too, sir, for letting me shop with you.
At first, my peep took me inside in Her arms. Then, Mr. Begland said, “Oh, you can let him walk around. Would you like a treat?” Well, you know how I feel about my two favorite things: shopping and eating. “Why, yessiree, I would like a treat!” I loved the treat and snooping around on the wooden floor throughout the shop.
Wharf Hill Antiques is next to the Smithfield Ham Shoppe. Now, here’s where I tell you about Smithfield Ham and Champagne. See, in order to be genuine Smithfield ham, it has to be made entirely in Smithfield Virginia – not just pieces and parts finished off in Smithfield – the whole kit and kaboodle must be snoot to store in Smithfield. Just like real Champagne can’t be made anywhere else but in the Champagne region of France.
So, there you have it. The next time you see the word “Smithfield” on your ham, it better be real Smithfield ham, or else it should be labeled “Smithfield style” ham or something like that. Like sparkling wine made in the “Champagne method” should be on the label of a sparkling wine made anywhere other than the Champagne region. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.
See, you learn something new here at The Scottie Chronicles every day, don’t you? That’s what I’m here for my friends. No need to thank me.
On with our little tour…
OK. So this might look like the earlier photo, but take a closer look. We’re really close to lots of cars. We’re heading over from Surry to Jamestown. ON A FERRY! I’ve never even been on a boat, much less a ferry. WoooOOOooweeeee.
Now here’s the little story. Back in the early 1920s, Sam Edwards, whose family was in the ham business, got the idea to sell ham sandwiches to passengers traveling between Surry and Jamestown. And the Perfect Ham Sandwich was born. Cool, huh? (My peep knows the current Sam Edwards and vouches for ANYTHING made with Edwards Hams. Trust Her on this.)
We had a pawsome time in Smithfield. The only thing better would be to find a place where We could spend the night. Together. My peeps and me. Sadly, I have to report that hotels there don’t accept pooches. Even perfect pooches like moi. I can’t tell you how mad I get when bad apples spoil the whole bunch for the rest of us.
Stay tuned for my report about the pawsome dog parks. Later.
AND DON’T FORGET ABOUT MY BIRTHDAY donation. K?
What You Learned Today:
- We took a trip to Smithfield and had a great time.
- The trip was part of my birthday month celebration as part of Scottish Terrier Month.
- I’m having a little Comment Fun on my birthday, March 15.
- Here’s how to participate:
- We’re going to make a donation for every comment left on the blog on Thursday, March 15 (from the time of that date’s blog post) until midnight EST USA.
- Here are the choices of where We’ll make the donation:
- Whichever group gets the most votes through the comments gets the donation!
- Here are some rules:
- You can bark at me all you want next Thursday (March 15 – MY BIRTHDAY!!) but only one comment gets $1.00 donation.
- Vote for only one cause.
- In the event of a GAZILLION comments, We reserve the right to cap the donation OR to seek funding from other sources (my piggy bank isn’t that big).
- You must leave your comment on the March 15, 2012 blog post.
- Eligible comments will close at midnight eastern standard time U.S.A. on March 15, 2012.
- You can read the original post here.