I had such an amazing time visiting a local farm last month- Haw River Ranch in Saxapahaw, NC. I cannot describe what pleasure I got from meeting the animals and seeing them frolic and feed so naturally and happily together.
I don’t make apologies about being omnivorous. It makes me feel strong and healthy when IBD and PCOS make that a battle for me nutritionally. HOWEVER, I love animals. I want every animal to be as happy and carefree as my puppies Safin and Arthur. Challenging myself to purchase meat from sustainable, small, local run farms has proved rewarding in countless ways. The slightly higher prices are not even a consideration after weighing all the positives of this experience, which I’ll do for you below:
- Experience Nature: Getting to spend the morning on the farm: watching chickens run free, cows bathing, and little lambs feeding; it was so beautiful and a perfect Saturday morning meditation. Thank you God for these lives and this beauty
- Community: Meeting this passionate neighbors of mine, and rewarding them for their hard work with my
- Quality: Cracking double egg yolks for brunch when I got home and making the best bone broth of my life
- Nutrition: By buying local and on the weekend, I planned our meals ahead and had less meat to stay within our budget. The meat we ate was nourishing and healthy, but we also had more vegetarian meals, which is a better balance.
Thank you to all the small, sustainable farmers out there. Sometimes it may be hard to see that you are making a difference, but I am here to tell you that you are!