We continued our effort to buy local.
We tried the stew beef from the Wright Brothers, (Moneta meat as Boomer calls it) and it was great too. I have started getting milk and butter (from the grocery store) that is made down the road at Homestead Creamery. The milk tastes great, which is saying alot, since I really don’t drink milk, and the butter is awesome. At Ikenberry Orchard I found flour produced at a mill in Elliston, VA which means I could make bread from the 100 miles around us. I feel if we are trying have at least a little part of our meal local, once the farms start up and farmers markets kick in, we will be able to do full meals made from local ingredients, that were produced less than 100 miles from our home. It warmed this hippy mother’s heart to see Madigan check the box of pasta, pointing out it was from Greensboro (we have a map with the 100 mile radius, you can find your 100 mile radius here) we gave it a pass since it was distributed from a company out of Greensboro.
When we started not shopping at Walmart we felt better. Walmart may have the “lowest prices” but at what cost to us as a family, communities, employees, the world? We stopped being consumers of convience when Boomer became an official celiac. Going to the coop, natural food store and 2 grocery store is a necessity for us. So the thought of driving an hour to Staunton to buy beef, pork and chicken knowing we are supporting what we believe in with our $$ is worth it.
A dream of a Monsanto-less container garden…we are working on it. Buying seeds from a Virginia company-$1.99 package. Potting soil not owned and opperated distantly by Monsanto–$25.00 for a 50 lb bag. Being able to do something that seemed near impossible–priceless.
Composting is still up in the air. We have discovered that we can fill a 5 gallon bucket with fresh food scraps in 2 weeks. I do lots of peeling. If we had a yard, it would be a different story. Fruit Flies and Maggots, that might be the deal breaker for me. Since we have such limited space, having containers of varying degrees of the natural process of food breaking down into humus (ie: fruit flies and maggots) I am not all in. It does put the whole landfill problem into perspective. That’s 10 gallons of just fresh food scraps a month just from our little family, and nothing with animal products in it. No packaging, boxes, plastic bags, water bottles, diapers and all the other stuff that is trash. Oh what’s this hippy to do?