Monday, February 04, 2013
As a gardener and general science geek, I've always been interested in where my food comes from, but honestly, until recently I've been kind of unwilling to spend the money to buy better quality foods. Right now I'm reading Folks, This Ain't Normal, buy Joel Salatin, who operates Polyface Farms. He has an amazing diverse and ecologically sensible farming operation where the animals and plants work together in a more natureal way. This book might be a bit long and dense for someone who's less of a geek than me. In fact, I'll admit that I've been reading it in spurts over the past several months. However, it has been inspiring me to suck it up and plunk down the money for better qualitymeat and dairy, at least part of the time. What can I say, I'm a work in progress. I am also inspired to work harder at growing more of our own food this year in a more meaningful way. That means growing dried beans and potatoes, not just tomatoes and basil. Lately I've barely been able to eat the supermarket pork, so as soon as we can, I want to get a bigger chest freezer and source some local pork, and also would like to find a local supplier of chicken. Recently I've bought a couple free range chickens, and they have more flavor and better taste, and I'm finding I'm satisfied with less of it, so maybe it's not so expensive in the long run.
So if you're concerned about our current system of food production, or just haven't given it much thought, but might be curious, I highly recommend this book. The writing is engaging and entertaining, and there is a lot of good content there. I will not tell you that it's "Food for Thought" though. ;-)
So that's it. I guess my focus this spring will be cleaning up my act as a consumer and start focusing more on quality and offsetting the cost by growing more right outside my back door. Plus, my hens are supplying us all of our eggs now, so that's taken care of.