I can still remember with joy the Palacio de Jamon and Museo de Jamon in Madrid, and the thin flavorful slices of pink goodness. And wouldn't it be awesome to produce my own amazing version of this Jamon Iberico Bellota selling for 105 euros per kilo? Apparently Bellota hams command such a high price because the pigs forage for acorns and producers must provide at least one hectare of land per pig.
According to this article, the first whole Iberian Jamon de Bellota hams were imported to the US only in 2008. Just this January, less than a year after their arrival, they've come up against US import restrictions which will required that the hams signature black hooves be removed for "food safety" reasons. Boo.
A quick Google search doesn't help me figure out whether I could procure Iberian piglets somehow in the states. I did find three postings on ag-search sites from folks looking for their own acorn-eating porkies.
On the other hand, maybe I'll try to go into cheesemaking (passe!) or fermentation of my own fresh produce (too trendy!) or hard wheat to sell into a local market.
Ah, the joys of dreaming.
Museo de Jamon in Plaza del Sol, Madrid