Today we went on a tour of the farm we have a crop share with. It was really neat!
They have a gorgeous view.
Some of the sights…
Tomatoes in one of the greenhouses
Peppers, looking almost ready to go to the market.
Recently planted strawberries
Multicolored cherry tomatoes in one of the hoop houses
My husband and mom checking out the pen with the chickens (and a goose and some guinea fowl).
Goats! (My husband’s favorite)
Adorable little baby goat.
I really enjoyed getting out to the farm and seeing where all our produce has been coming from. So many people today are completely disconnected from their food. They have no idea where it comes from, what it takes to grow it, and what’s put on it. Considering how much your food impacts your health, it’s a great thing to learn as much as you can about the food you are choosing to eat. Think about it – what you eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner today is what your body is using for fuel. That food is being used to keep you healthy and functioning. Why choose something that you have absolutely no idea where it’s come from or how it’s been treated? The sheer volume of people’s blind food choices is astounding – and scary.
For example – many people today want to do what they can to be ethically responsible and choose to buy “free range” or “cage free” eggs. This is a great thing. However, there is no regulation when it comes to putting this on packaging. So even though a carton of eggs may say that it’s free range, that doesn’t necessarily mean what you hope that it does. Your best option is to go to your local farmer’s market to purchase that sort of thing (the same thing goes for grass fed meats, etc.). This way, you can talk to the actual person who does the farming, egg collecting, or raising of the cattle/chickens/pigs. Many of them bring pictures of their farm to the market with them and have displays so potential customers can see what exactly goes on at their farm. Also, like our farmers, many are happy to have you come to their farm and take a tour or just look around. It’s highly likely that if there’s a farmer who is partaking in good practices, they’d be more than happy to share that information with you. Don’t be afraid to ask! For example – since switching to a vegan diet, I no longer eat eggs. However, my husband does. After going to the farm today and seeing everything, I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase eggs from my farmers for my husband (not that I will, but it’s an example).
Knowledge is power. You can always find products that fit your ethics – you just need to do some legwork.