what it is: pig meat, etc.
where i found it: virginia
I just got back from vacation and boy did I eat a lot of pig meat. My family is from old Virginia stock, where ham is a really, really big deal. In fact there's even a DIY cookbook my seven great aunts self published that details their love of and methods of preparing (mostly) swine based cuisine.
Historically, Virginia's two biggest crops are tobacco and peanuts. Peanuts were usually grown where the soil was too crummy to grow tobacco and hogs were often left to graze the peanut fields, giving Virginia ham a distinctive taste. English people seemed to think there was nothing like a peanut fed pig and lots of this stuff was exported, but to make it across the Atlantic the meat had to be heavily salted, smoked or both. To avoid giving themselves an immediate salt induced blood pressure attack, the ham came to be sliced so thin you can almost see through it. Here's a plate of the stuff:
Here are a couple of shots of the self published family cookbook. The second picture includes a photo of the house in which my grandmother and all of her million siblings grew up eating this stuff. Don't write the address, the woman listed there (my great aunt) died a number of years ago so your $4 + 60 cents postage would just go to whoever lives in the house now.
Happy New Year.