For over a year now we’ve been a member of Johnson’s Backyard Garden, getting our weekly CSA boxes of locally grown veggies. It appealed to us for numerous reasons: locally grown, seasonal, variety of diet, fresher and better tasting, more nutritious, less time at the grocery store, less processing and preservatives, closer to how it came from the Earth, and many other reasons. But one of the biggest was being able to know where your food came from.
So much of the problem with modern food is we don’t know where it came from, and then we’re shocked when we find out what’s really behind it. Consider the meat you eat. On second thought, maybe you shouldn’t because you’d probably be appalled and swear off meat.
For the past couple years we have bought sides of beef from our local butcher. We knew where the meat was coming from, and we could get it processed just like we wanted it. Aged as we wanted it, cut as thick as we wanted, whatever. Yes, once you try it this way you really don’t want to go back to buying cuts as needed at the grocery store. Alas, I found out our butcher doesn’t do sides any more. Lamenting my loss, schnookiemuffin told me about her friends at Sand Creek Farm. After a little discussion, a calf was bought (and a lamb too), and away we went.
I just returned from picking it up.
The freezer is full.
Ben and Alysha Godfrey, the farmers, run a neat operation. Consider how they run their operation. They care and manage everything from the ground up, literally. That sort of care and concern goes a long way. Plus there’s a great deal they do to strive for and maintain high standards of quality. I’m most impressed. Plus they’re some of the nicest folks I’ve met. It’s a shame we couldn’t stay longer, but we had to get our meat and hustle back home to tend to prior engagements. But we will be back!
Anyways, I’ll write more about the meat… and the milk…. because I’ve already tried some, and, it’s an experience.
It’s nice to know where your food came from, and to know you’re feeding your body and the bodies of your family with truly good food.