Monthly Archives: February 2012

Some things stick with you

Ever since we left the farm I keep thinking about those turkeys roosting in the tree. I told Anna I had never seen anything like it, and was fascinated by it. Then I remember watching the documentary about the guy who raised some wild turkey. My Life as a Turkey. He raised those turkeys to be wild and they roosted in trees. This is just another example of why I love how Bramble Hollow farm operates. They allow the animals to do what comes naturally, to be the best turkeys they can be. There is something awesome about that. They are given the opportunity to be real live tree roosting turkeys before they become turkey dinner. I bet butterball can’t say the same.

It’s nice to know a farmer

We were able to drive out to Bramble Hollow Farm yesterday and stock up on more local meat. I am trying to remember/write down everything we buy so when I am trying to make our big purchase in late fall I will know what it is that we need and use. Nothing we buy is going to waste.

After walking around the farm catching up with Anna, watching Madigan and Jack run off a couple of deer and seeing the turkeys roosting in the trees, we went shopping.

We brought home a couple dozen eggs, a pork tenderloin, a pork roast, ham steak, 4 lbs of pork sausage, 2 lbs of ground pork, Italian sausage and garlic bratwurst. We all agree it’s more fun going to the farm, seeing animals and talking with a farmer than going to a grocery store.

Ignorance is bliss

When you are walking around day to day just doing what you do certain things don’t bother you, you don’t care what the “allowables” are for bug parts and maggots in food. You don’t worry about yellow dye (tartrazine) or bromate (which is not a reference to an episode of How I Met Your Mother). We are not in that category.

We read labels, and articles about food, watch documentaries about where our food comes from, how it gets to our table and how farmer’s operate. We find books about the food industry and the policies and politics behind it all. We search for the answers, look for reasons and try to make better choices. We are beyond being able to ignore it all.

For the record, it was easier when we didn’t care. I didn’t walk around for a couple days feeling sick to my stomach thinking I might have eaten something I didn’t know was in my food. If I just cared less about what we ate I would have more time, because most of my free time wouldn’t be spent in the kitchen washing, cutting, chopping and cooking. The more I learn about food, read up on the FDA and find out that they might not have my best interest at heart, the more I turn to local food.

I promise you I didn’t set out to make my life difficult (and near impossible to eat in restaurants) but the further down the path we get, the uglier and grosser more gross nastier our processed food industry becomes. I never would have said this but in the case of our industrialized food system ignorance is bliss.

Episode 20: Why We Don’t Shop At Walmart

The title of the episode says it all so I decided to use this space to make a point I forgot to mention in the podcast. And that is, why can’t Walmart use the same buying power they have with products to provide affordable health insurance for their workers?

If you’re interested in watching a documentary about Walmart, we’d recommend The High Cost of Low Prices.

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You don’t seem like a fried chicken person

I was talking with some of my friends at work about our Valentine’s dinner. When I mentioned I made fried chicken one gal said “You don’t seem like a fried chicken person.” When ever someone makes a comment about me I wonder what is it that I am doing to make them think that. I talk about chicken all the time, I want chickens, we are going to help process chickens, I just put all my chicken bones in the crockpot for soup stock. So it’s not they don’t know I am all about chicken.

Then I think maybe cause I am not a southern gal, although I am picking up a bit of the accent, and have lived here off and on for about 5 years total, maybe only southern belle’s can be fried chicken people.

Maybe it’s because we try to eat healthy and fried chicken isn’t on the top ten list for health nuts. But then again when I bring food to work for team food days I bring sausage and grit casserole, and you know that’s more Paula Dean then Weight Watchers.

I think what the problem is I can’t be pinned down. If I go on my lunch break and grab something to bring back to work, it’s never burgers and fries. One day it might be a hot dog from the local hot dog place (oh and don’t think people comment on that too, “I thought you only ate things out of the garden.”) or I will grab a California roll from the hibachi place.

When you put yourself out there as a food person, I don’t want to say foodie cause that would mean I was a food snob, but as a person who really loves food, people love to judge. I don’t eat anything that I don’t like. And if I like it, I eat a lot of it, and talk about it for hours. Not everything I eat is healthy and natural. Not everything I eat is organic and raised in a way that I can be proud of. But when it comes to me spending my money and voting with my dollar I want to make it count.

my fried chicken is local, gluten free and awesome.

It’s just like WalMart

I have placed a couple orders this week for food, some pork, chicken, eggs and cheese. And my sarcastic husband always says “Just like at Walmart” when I call the farmers directly to see what they have available.

Pointing out the fact that we run low on something I contact the actual farmer who we get the item from and try and see if they still have it available. In some cases like Bright farms, they have some chickens left, along with cheese and eggs. Bramble Hollow still has some pork products left and hopefully some eggs. It is such a difference between going to the grocery store, although the grocery store will always have all these items, I love that my “suppliers” always come through for me, even if it’s not the exact cut or item I want.

I can’t say enough about locally produced items and buying direct from the “manufacturer”. Oh and it’s always nice to see friends out on the farm when you are buying your groceries…When was the last time you hugged the person from who you bought pork?

Episode 19: Why We Don’t Buy Grocery Store Tomatoes

In this week’s podcast, Boomer and Jodie talk about what led them to their decision to not eat tomatoes from the grocery store and how all farm workers deserve to be treated humanely.

Mentioned in this episode:

Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit

Comedian Jimmy Tingle on Immigration

Mercy For Animals Farm to Fridge video

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Relay for Life

Madigan and I are going to do relay this year. This is a warning, I will be posting ideas and fund raising ideas. I will post some stories and link to a page where you can donate to our team. Consider yourself warned.