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Health, Home, and Happiness: Do You Know Your Farmer? (buying local)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Do You Know Your Farmer? (buying local)

Last weekend we went out to a farm outside of town, Johnson's Pumpkin Farm (off Hwy 212 outside of Laurel if you're in the Billings, Montana area). My friend Rachel got honey from there and posted about it, I totally was intrigued and wanted to get some too.

I love seeing the farm land (clean, well taken care of), meeting the farmer (kind, passionate), seeing the animals (healthy, cared for), and making it a fun weekend outing with the family.

I just now am starting to meet my farmers rather than relying on what's shipped in from afar and lands in my local grocery store. I used to buy local raw milk, but the pickup just didn't work for me (nap time, and you had to be right on time) so we haven't been doing that lately. We're mostly dairy free anyway, other than cheese for hubby. I buy about a gallon of milk a month. Anyway, I recently found a great source of local farm fresh eggs, and she's even bringing them to my door weekly now so I don't have to go out with the little ones (I don't live far away from her 'errand route'). Now I found this farmer who had winter squash, fresh eggs, and best of all, fresh honey!

All at big-box grocery store prices or less expensive, since it doesn't go through a bunch of middle-man markups. This will be my Pennywise Platter Thursday post because it is high-quality food for low cost.


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We do things like visiting the farm, grocery shopping, cooking, and other life-related activities as our 'family time'. You can read more about this in my guest post at Keeper of the Home, Waldorf-Inspired Real Play

Just starting out with real foods? I would recommend starting slow, don't burn yourself out trying to find a local resource for everything you eat. That's something that I've just now started doing, and I'm doing it slowly! Switching to using real sea salt is an easy first step, and replacing any artificial cooking products (shortening, margarine, canola oil) with coconut oil and real butter.

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3 Comments:

Blogger VanderbiltWife said...

We are in the process of moving cities, but when we get settled I'd definitely love to find a local farmer to get meat and produce from if I can! We've done a CSA in the past and been very pleased.

I agree that switching to only coconut oil/butter is the easiest step (for me, at least!). I read in your previous post that you put it in your coffee. That intrigues me! Does it sweeten it?

November 23, 2009 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Karyn said...

I love the added benefit that buying local is not only healthier and better for my community, it's usually cheaper as well. We buy our organic, pastured meat in bulk and say a lot!

November 23, 2009 at 6:26 PM  
OpenID movinginspirals said...

Just wanted to chime in and second how important it is to make these changes in baby steps. We've been at it steadily for about six years. Each time I rush to push ahead, the changes do not stick. I try to add one really healthy change per season, and they've really added up over the years. I'm going to start sprouting more this winter and try to continue with homemade soft cheeses like ricotta. I applaud your efforts to keep it real!

November 24, 2009 at 5:04 PM  

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