Food is important. It’s one of the major forces that’s driven humans for millennia, and it continues to drive us today at Viamede Resort. Food is, in many ways, the key to health, happiness, and preserving the land we love.
As you explore Viamede, you will come across a happy looking pig depicted on walls, stationary, and signs. That’s Pete the Pig, and he represents the great meaning food holds for us.
Pete is named after Peter Robinson, the Canadian politician who arranged for the settlement of thousands of Irish immigrants on Scott’s Plains, now Peterborough. These settlers lived off the land, 150 years before the 100 mile diet began trending on Instagram. They ate what they could farm, forage, or fish, and didn’t waste much. They ate the Whole Hog.
But Pete is more than a symbol of our pioneer roots. A pig’s diet is a great philosophy for humans – eat a bit of everything when the mood strikes you. Don’t waste food, eat it all, and enjoy what’s put in front of you. Take your time with the foods you love – just like pigs do.
Pete influences the way we think about food at every step. We think about buying local and growing our own, but also when it makes sense to buy off the Big Truck. Mount Julian is a place to experience the immediate time and place of food, but in many cases, our guests want what they want – not everyone is okay with only eating apples and pears in January. We still need to keep fresh fruit on hand, even if it comes from California.
Whenever you see Pete, you will know you’re in for an experience. Whether it’s at Mount Julian, The Boathouse, BBQ baskets or picnics, Pete guides us towards thoughtful, local food.
Some items you see at Viamede are on the Whole Hog private label. As we’ve got to know farmers and producers, we’ve grown to immensely respect some of them. They take their craft more seriously than most, and their product truly embodies our philosophy.
These products, and only these, may be bought under the Whole Hog label, with Pete as the logo.