My husband and I have decided to try to eat less processed foods and focus on local and natural products. We aren't extremists when it comes to this sort of thing so we aren't completely cutting everything out and we still plan to enjoy fast food or take out pizza now and then. However, we are fortunate to live in an area with a lot of farming and it is pretty easy to eat fresh local food so we figured we might as well take advantage of it when we can. To get started, we went here last weekend.
Polyface Farms is only about 8 miles from our house and is well-known for grass-based, natural, organic farming. It is a family-owned farm and the head of the family, Joel Salatin, has written several books and tours the world speaking about the importance of natural farming. The farm has been featured in the movie Food, Inc. and the book Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan.
Every Saturday and by appointment during the week, they sell their products on the farm. We headed out to the farm Saturday morning and had a great time. They are currently building their store front so it is under construction, but they have a list of items for sale and you pick your selections out of the freezers and refrigerators in the store. They have a wide assortment of beef, poultry, and pork. They also have eggs and cider. They even had whole fresh chickens that were processed only the day before.
Joel himself was working in the store and sold us our food. While it isn't cheap to eat this way, it feels so much healthier. And the neatest part about their farm is that they have a transparent policy. Every day, except Sundays, you can come out and tour the farm and go anywhere on the property that you want to see how they care for their animals. They also do guided tours if you are interested. I forgot my camera and it was very close to Riley's naptime so we didn't tour the farm on Saturday but we plan to go back in a few weeks and check it out. It is a beautiful farm and I think Riley will love seeing the animals.
So far we have cooked breakfast sausage, steaks, ground beef and chicken tenders from the farm and it was very delicious. We can't wait to go back and try some of their other offerings.
Sorry for the non-design related post but I thought it was an interesting place and wanted to share it with y'all. Do any of you buy your food directly from the farm?