Hey there! Happy December people! I hope everyone’s holiday season has been a great one so far. I can’t believe the 2015 year is coming to an end. Too fast, always.
With the holidays here, I always seem to over indulge just a tad during Christmas parties and family get togethers. This means it’s even more important for me to really be eating clean during the week at least about 80% of the time.
Andy and I recently switched up where we are purchasing our meat. For the past two years we have spent about $150-$200 a week on food shopping at Whole Foods. We try to get grass fed, organic, and/or local meat whenever we can. At Whole Foods this costs a pretty penny for sure.
Last month I came across a post on CTBites about Stuart Family Farm here in Connecticut. The farm, located in Bridgewater, Connecticut, raises 100% grass-fed Red Angus cattle on 600 acres of land. They also have pastured pork and poultry. The farm is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays so Andy and I decided to take the hour long scenic drive north a few weekends ago. We met the wonderful staff and also the little piggies. It was a really cool experience to actually see where your food is coming from.
The farm offers home delivery too! So we sought out to find a freezer chest that will hold the quarter of a pig that we decided to order. The quarter of a pig comes with all different cuts, from the most delicious bacon you’ll ever taste, to pork chops and ham steaks. We also went ahead and stocked up on whole chickens, ground beef, and some 100% grass fed steaks.
The more Andy and I have educated ourselves on the food industry in this country and the benefits of eating a truly local diet, the more we knew we wanted to make this a reality as best we could. I thought maybe at some point down the road (5 – 10 years) we would be able to accomplish this. I guess I thought we would have to own our own chickens, cows, and piggies and well, pretty much own our own farm. I guess I’ll put that far off dream aside and leave it to the experts. Thanks to Stuart Family Farm we now can know what it’s truly like to eat local.
How are you eating locally?