So, being big fans of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and having done our homework extensively, Art and I have started a free range guinea pig farm (or ranch?). South Americans domesticated guinea pigs, known as cuy (pronounced coo-ey), for food over 7000 years ago, and for good reason!! They are high in protein and breed like rabbits, LOL.
Guinea pig meat has become more and more popular in the U.S. over the past few years. You can find it frozen in specialty markets and even buy it from some food trucks!! So we thought we’d better get in on the game early. A cuy is larger than the average “pet” guinea pig – more the size of a small cat. To date, there are no cuy growers in the U.S, – all cuy meat is imported from Peru and other South American countries. We’ll be the first to grow cuy and sell cuy for meat in the U.S.!! We’ll clean up!!
The best thing about raising guinea pigs, even on a large scale, is that they don’t take up much space, they won’t run away, and they will keep our grass mowed year round!! Our little corgle has even learned to herd the little suckers!! I’ve included some photos of our first batch. They should be fully grown by summer and ready for market. Anyone want to be the first to try cuy? Come on – you know you want to be the guinea pig!!
If you’re still curious how we could open a guinea pig farm, remember this:
HAPPY APRIL FOOL’S DAY!!