I Spy on JZI: The Case of the Missing Pig

Gregg Newby and the pig grill

To market, to market, to buy a fat pig. Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.

Familiar with this rurally themed Mother Goose rhyme? One local resident recently made it come true.

We all know the Stono Market & Tomato Shed Café is a real farmers market carrying locally grown produce, baked goods, gifts, and other unique treasures. If you have stopped by lately, you may have noticed something missing. Something HUGE.

Several years ago, after being tipped off by a vendor, Babs Ambrose, owner of the Stono Market, and her daughter Barbara, drove nearly 1,000 miles roundtrip to buy a pig. A really big pig.

This peculiar porker is a handmade grill and smoker made out of a water heater shell. Originally, it was made in Mexico, but eventually made its way to the states. Babs and Barbara rented a trailer and headed to Alabama to pick up this massive grill.

“You should have seen some of the looks we got on the drive home,” recalls Barbara.

The grill was placed front and center at the Stono Market, where it resided for many years.

You couldn’t miss it!

Johns Island resident and JICA member, Gregg Newby, came across the swanky swine and just had to have it. But, there was one problem: it wasn’t for sale. It had become a cherished addition to the market.

“I talked with Babs and Barbara, promised to take great care of the grill, and they agreed to let me buy it,” says Newby.

A few days later, Newby loaded his hefty hog and headed home. He also experienced a few looks on the way.

True to his word, Newby sanded and refinished his eclectic find and looks forward to getting hog wild making backyard burgers!

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