Friday, July 16, 2010
One for real Spam lovers
After watching motorhomes pour into the Winnebago rally grounds for awhile, we decided it was time for perhaps our last road trip until the rally is over. So we headed to Austin, MN and the Spam Museum. This funny and kid friendly place tells the story of the often referred to mystery meat-Spam. We now know a lot more about Spam that probably is needed. I have not eaten any Spam since I was a kid and Anneke has never had any.
It is one of the many products produced by the Hormel Company, which was founded by George Hormel in the late 1800’s. Spam gained its popularity perhaps from it war service in WWII. It became part of the vital food supply to our troops around the world. When they returned home, they continued to enjoy it. Spam remains a part of the food supply to our military today.
We learned that there are 44, 000 cans of Spam produced every hour and is sold around the world. Hawaii is the biggest consumer in the United States. It is also very popular in the Far East.
We have obtained one can to give it a try.
While in town, we visited the home of George Hormel. We like to see how the developers of major businesses lived after they had achieved success. It is a very nice home, but I would not say it was by any means extravagant. Maybe that profile fits someone who developed Spam?
Both are worth a visit when you are in the area.