Last week I had three emails in my inbox from farmers. One was from a farmer we are ordering a 1/4 cow from telling us our meat would be ready this week. One was from the farmers who run our CSA updating us on what is going on around the farm. And the last was from the coop I get the bulk of our meat and dairy from telling us the ordering cycle was open.
Three years ago I would not have known what any of those things even were. Now I like to joke that we eat like total hippies. I truly am stunned by how much differently we eat the more we know about our food system in America.
With stories of pink slime, antibiotics in our food, and tainted veggies I think people are getting more and more concerned about where the food comes from. The more I learn about our food, the more I want to know exactly where it is coming from. This obviously isn’t always possible, but buying a large portion of our food from farms is one way we do the best we can. And buying it from farmers I “know” has the added benefit of keeping my money local which is really important to me.
Another important thing to me is that our kids understand that food isn’t grown at the grocery store. That sounds like an odd thing to say but I would venture to say that a lot of kids don’t know that their hamburger comes from a cow. That their veggies are grown in giant piles of black dirt. And that cheese shouldn’t be flurescent orange. My kids once asked me where the lamb they were eating came from…… (they’re really smart, I promise)
It is pretty awesome to be able to have direct conversations with the people growing my food and meat. I know who handles it, how they handle it, what they feed it, and how it gets to me. In the case of my CSA I even get to help harvest it.
How important is it to you to know where your food comes from? How important is it to you to have conversations with the people who grow your food? Now thanks to the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance website FoodDialogues.com and Facebook page you can do just that!
I checked out their Facebook page in preparation for this post and loved the dialogue going on about GMO’s (genetically modified organisms), labeling, organic vs. natural, factory farming and more. If you don’t have access to farmers in your community and you are concerned about what is going on with our food system I think this is a great resource.
The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance wants to get the word out about this great resource. They also want to offer you a fabulous giveaway. One reader will win a Crock-Pot Programmable 6-Quart Slow Cooker and 2 reusable designer shopping bags from Envirosax (I am so in love with these sacks and use them everyday. I have even written about my love for them before).
To enter the giveaway leave a comment about what concerns you have about our current food system. The giveaway is open until Sunday, April 15th to US residents only. Winner will be chosen at random and notified via email. Good luck!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored but HELLO, I get to talk about something I am super passionate about. So obviously all opinions are my own. While I was compensated for my time, I did not get the fabulous prize package. Maybe you could share?