Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Less meat

We are getting a lot of produce from our CSA and meat, the variety we are now choosing to eat (pastured), is very expensive. As a result, we are going to be eating less meat. I am not too sure how my husband is going to deal with this since he tried sneaking in "real pepperoni" when I was making calzones the other night. I used the veggie variety...HA! I have to admit, it wasn't as good as the real deal, but I was able to fall asleep that night.

On the meat note, I have located some pasture-raised pork off island that is available and our local beef will be processed in two weeks. Check check!

I have also decided to join our local food co-op since they feature a lot of local products and I have made a list of what local farms have to offer, so if I need something, I can head to one of them. I haven't done a BIG grocery shop in 2 weeks. Our purchases have been limited to coffee (fair trade and shade grown), milk (farmer owned), orange juice (our little one is sick), beer (husband's) and hard cider (me!). I will be making a rather hefty purchase of local cider here in the near future.

Oh yes, we just got our newly purchased cheese making kit!!! Trial run on Saturday. Woo Hoo!! We are going to make pizzas with our homemade mozzarella. Yum!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Food Inc

I have come to a personal revelation recently that I grew up as part of a "cellophane" generation, everything came in a box or wrapped in cellophane and very little attention was given to what was inside those wrappers. I think the understanding was that nothing would be put on the shelves that wasn't good for us. Wow, could I have been more off target?

After watching "Food Inc" with my husband last night, we both walked out of the theater completely stunned. For starters, I highly suggest seeing this movie it contains information that you HAVE to know. Our food is merely a commodity with little thought given to its actual purpose, to feed and sustain us.

I know I have a lot more to say on the subject, my head is just bubbling over after seeing this movie and I think the part that bothers me the most is the actions of Monsanto. After just saying that, there are so many parts that are troubling: the story behind "Kevin's Law", Factory Farming, Genetic Engineering to name just a few. I need to come back and revisit these topics after a couple of night's sleep to think about how I am going to process what I have discovered.

One thing though, we walked into a local grocery store after the movie to get some coffee and my husband immediately reached for the "Fair Trade / shade grown" options. So sexy.

Ok, I am off to the Farmer's Market!

Thursday, October 1, 2009


Houston we have a problem. I went to buy a chicken and it was...$30!!! I may have failed to mention that we are on a budget before, but WE ARE and it does not allow for $30 chickens. I am pursuing Plan B, which I do not have just yet.