Since I read The Omnivore's Dilemma earlier this year, I've been more concerned about our food. We've been mostly organic on produce and meat for the last 6 years (since before our daughter was born) but that didn't seem like enough. I'm not sure why it didn't feel like enough... I just felt like I should know more about where our food is coming from and how it is raised/grown.
[Disclosure: I like cooking for my family and knowing what is in our food, but by no stretch are we truly foodies, nor do I enjoy long, elaborate recipes. The 5 o'clock hour is witching hour for the kids. Some nights I'm lucky to throw leftovers on the table by 6 pm. I'm reminded of a quote from Homeward Bound by Emily Matchar. "It's easy to forget, in the face of today's foodie culture, that cooking is not fun when it's mandatory." Word.]
We even took the hippie dive and joined the local co-op. The ownership isn't pricey, but the food certainly is. I felt like we could make that work with finding deals on other things that we consume, but then we got some beef that had lots of "extra bits" in it and we were kicking ourselves for paying so much for beef that was nearly inedible. (The apparent result of sloppy butchering but nonetheless off-putting.) The produce is amazing, I'm still not sold on the meat. And it smells faintly like patchouli every time we walk in...
Last week I fell into a rabbit hole on the internet researching CSAs and local food and vegetable garden plans and the difference between grass fed and grass finished beef... Enough to make me crazy.
Then I saw a notice on Facebook about a local farm tour -- Follow the Food. A free event on a Saturday that would be educational for us and the kids. I'm in.
Stay tuned to read about our farm tour.
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