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February 19, 2013

Who Needs Peapod When Your Farm Delivers?

One of my great joys over the past 9 months has been to sit down on Sunday afternoons, and think about what I wanted to cook over the next week. As our regular routine was anything but regular, this simple step was one that helped ensure that there was something in the freezer to cook … and brought a big smile to my face in the process. But I did not order food from our local Harris Teeter or our local Giant. I had no need to do so. Instead, I went onto the South Mountain Creamery site to figure out what to order. We have a recurring milk and egg order, and now routinely order cheese, sandwich meat (awesome salami), and some meat from them.  Sometimes we’ll add something pickled, or if it is cider season, some apple cider. And we have not been disappointed. The milk still makes my kids sing with joy (especially if I splurge and get a chocolate milk half gallon…), and the meat and cheese are much more flavorful than what we used to get at the grocery store.

As I was thinking about renewing our CSA, a friend of mine posted on FB asking for advice about local CSAs. After I shared my thoughts about our CSA, I read the comments that a friend of hers posted, and learned that there is a farm delivery service called South Mountain Veggies that is modeled on a CSA but that allows you to make substitutions in your order. I know that many CSAs also have that option, but ours does not. So, I jumped on the website, and started to look around to see what was available. As I looked, I realized that I could still support local and organic producers, but have a little bit more control over what produce came in our bag. So, we decided to give it a try, and got our first bag Friday. We are working our way through it — but were thrilled at the freshness and flavor that has characterized everything so far.

The husband is pretty happy with this new approach to the CSA. His biggest complaint has been that we end up composting too much of what we get from the CSA (especially the Swiss chard) … and he is hopeful that this approach will fit better into the reality of our lives.

And best of all for me … I can get locally sourced flour for baking!!

So, no need for Peapod. I can order just about everything I need from these two sources, supporting my local farmers, and enhancing my sanity by reducing trips to the grocery store!

Readers — do any of you depend upon local farm delivery services in addition to your local farmers’ markets and/or CSAs?




April 5, 2012

My Poultry Problem Is Our Poultry Problem

Chicken is my problem. If you read Nicholas Kristof’s column this morning in the Times, you’ll see that it is our problem too. Or pop in Food, Inc for an eye-opening journey through poultry production. As you know, we humans eat a lot of chicken. And the price of chicken has gone down drastically over the past decades because of changes in the means of production. Chickens bred for roasting often are confined and can’t move because their breasts are too heavy for them to move. They are fed feed filled with antibiotics. And these changes mean that you can buy a roasting chicken at the local grocery store for 49 cents a pound when they are on sale. Trying to feed a family of five on a budget, it can be very hard to turn away from these rock bottom deals. Especially when the organic chicken of the same size is about 5 times as expensive. Or sometimes even more if you get it from the farm directly.

Fascinatingly, at least for me, I don’t find it difficult to rationalize grass-fed local beef — because we don’t eat steak that much, and ground beef from the butcher is comparable in cost. Bacon isn’t a problem either, but again, when you have bacon from the farmer’s market, taste is extraordinary, and cost, while greater, is not so different that it makes me pause. We don’t eat bacon everyday.  But chicken is different. It is the foundation of many of our meals.  And it has been really hard to rationalize the increased costs for organic or farmer’s market chicken. But what I have been reading and learning about and most recently eating, is really affecting how I approach my chicken consumption. And I am trying hard to change how I think about and purchase chicken for the Family Foodie.

So several weeks ago, we ordered a chicken from South Mountain Creamery, our dairy that delivers happy milk and eggs to us once a week. And in our cooler, we received a nearly 6 pound bird. Plump and sweet smelling. Seriously. Farmer direct chicken smells sweet. Nothing like chicken from the grocery store.

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January 29, 2012

Taking the Local Milk Plunge

We did it. We decided to have milk (and eggs) delivered to our house from South Mountain Creamery.

The first delivery came on Thursday. I was in the midst of a long week at work  – conferences, meetings, dinners after work – but when I walked in the door Thursday night, all three of the kids greeted me with the same phrase: “Mom, that new milk is AWESOME!!!!”  This was not the response when we started our CSA, but is typically the response to produce and meat brought home from the farmer’s market.

So, I think that we are going to keep up with the milk…and who knows what else we might decide to add to our order!!!

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