The idea of supporting local farms is something I am very passionate about. I used to do the majority of my food shopping at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s but we’ve slowly transitioned over to shopping at local family farms, in addition to foraging from our own gardens and gathering pastured eggs here on our own farm. The reward is so great! Not only do we find that the flavor profiles are insanely different (read: exploding with flavor), but supporting a local family, and our local economy, is something that makes us so happy! Living on a farm, we now understand the work that goes into caring for organic gardens and happy livestock. And since we choose to eat grass-fed or pastured meats and eggs, knowing where the cows, pigs, and chickens have grazed, and spent their lives, is very important to us, as is knowing the farmer who raised the animals. We make it a point to only support farming that is humane, free of chemicals and hormones, and of course free of pesticides and GMO’s. Sure, you can find these types of products at Whole Foods or other health food stores, but handing over that check directly to the farmer feels like a statement of support. I guess we’re hoping more people will forgo shopping at major grocery chains, which supports industrialized farming and Big Agriculture yada yada… and instead shop at local farmer’s markets or go directly to their local family farms.
The majority of us don’t realize how easy it is to locate local farms or farmer’s markets in our area – hint: it’s soo easy!
- Please check out Eat Wild to search for local farms, or farmer’s markets, in your area that raise, produce and sell meats, cheese, milk, butter, fruits and vegetables, honey, coffee, eggs, and so much more that is all sustainably raised, grass-fed, organic, pastured or otherwise all-natural and humane. The site includes a US map with farms across the country ready to be found.
- If you’re part of a big family, something like Philly Cow Share, might be of interest to you. These types of share companies connect responsible farms and butchers with urban communities who are looking to simply eat well. Depending on where you are in the country, you can do your own research to find something like this local to you.
- Local Harvest is another directory that allows you to find local organic food, farmer’s markets, family farms, and sustainable farms in your area. This is an incredible resource that I refer to all the time.
- If you’re looking for grass-fed beef, Mark’s Daily Apple has put together a little list of farms in almost every state for you to contact. Check it out here.
- The American Grassfed Association also has an extensive list of grass-fed farms and products listed by state on their site.
My mom and I are working on putting together some Farm to Table events for our local community in collaboration with our neighbors who have this gorgeous refurbished barn that is used for weddings and such. We are so excited about getting our community involved and bringing awareness to the importance of supporting local, and sustainable, farming. Our first event will take place late October and I’ll be sure to fill you in on details as we plan our events and source local farms, food and wine!