A good friend of mine, Dave, owns a small farm outside of Olympia, WA. I have visited the farm a few times over the past several years. My boyfriend and I drove down and spent a weekend on the farm helping Dave out with some chores. Dave decided to buy this farmhouse and land several years ago. During that time he has purchased some animals for the farm. He currently has chickens, turkeys, ducks, pheasants, cows, sheep and pigs.
One of my New Year's resolutions is to try and eat more fresh, organic foods. I'm going to visit more local farmer's markets and purchase my fruits, vegetables and anything else they have to offer that I can use in my meals. I want to support local businesses and farms.
After reading the book "Fast Food Nation" by Eric Schlosser, and watching the documentary "Super Size Me", I made it a point to eat healthier. I'm currently reading two books, "Plenty - Eating Locally on the 100 Mile Diet" by Alisa Smith & J.B. Mackinnon; and "The Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan. I'm only half way through both of these books, but I already want to switch all of my food purchases to local farmer's markets. Both of these books are further encouraging my New Year's resolution. I'm going to even start to grow some of my own herbs to use in my cooking. When eating food straight from the farm, you can definitely taste the difference from the store bought food. Farm food is fresh and you know that none of it contains any hormones or pesticides. Plus you know that the animals that are providing the food are fed properly and are treated well. You can feel a more direct connection with the food, and that is something I want to experience with every meal.
I can't thank Dave and Steve enough for allowing us to spend a weekend at the farm and enjoy spending time with them and the animals. Not to mention to be able to enjoy delicious food and beer! I can't wait for our next visit!