Whew! I am worn out! Today is Tuesday – my farm delivery day. I picked up a butchered beef, divided it up into fourths (that is a frozen workout!), and delivered half of it to a customer. I also went to my friend, Farmer John, where I loaded up on veggies and milk fresh from the farm. Then, I delivered eggs to my customers.
In this time of quarantine, I am so thankful for our family’s lifestyle. We do not need to worry about food or where it comes from. That makes me feel secure! I shared a bit on my FaceBook page, but the current right now’s social climate reminds me of how America helped out on the homefront during World War II. Going without to help others. Growing their own to feed their family. Last week, I picked up 60 meat bird chicks, and due to the present situation, my husband even told me to get more! He also said we need to start planning our garden as this year might be the most important year we have one.
People who know me have been seeking out locally produced eggs since the availability in stores has been precarious. I have been selling as many eggs as my girls can lay. I am so thankful that during the winter I ordered 50 more egg layer chicks along with the meat bird chicks! That’s helped us keep up with community demand. (With ordering chicks, you have to give the hatchery notice, so that they can plan out hatch dates. Chicken eggs take 21 days to hatch, and our supplier only mails out chicks on Tuesdays, so that is a lot of planning.)
Here’s the question I want you to ask yourself — what can YOU do to source your food locally??
You might be saying…
“But, Angela, I live in a city!”
“I don’t know any farmers.”
“I can’t raise my own food! It’s against my HOA!”
“You live on a farm, so of course it’s easy for you!!”
Remember that before we moved to Idaho, we lived in Fort Worth, Texas. That city alone has a higher population than the entire state of Idaho!! It’s a very urban area. I was almost able to reach from house to house with my arms, and we had a postage-stamp backyard.
Even there, I purchased our food from local farmers. I purchased all of our pastured meats, pastured eggs, raw milk, and most of our produce from a local co-op. I searched the internet and found a co-op that could provide it all.
When we moved to Idaho, it was late summer, and I immediately went to our local farmers market to find local farmers. I love farmers markets!!! I have been buying our milk from the same farmer ever since. And, I have made strong connections through those Saturday mornings.
When we originally moved to Idaho, I wanted to have a booth at the farmers market, knowing it would be an amazing place to sell my items and get to know others with similar mindsets. But, now that I live on a farm, Saturdays are “stay home and get work done” days!! So, I make deliveries after school during the week rather than selling at a market. It works great for our busy schedule!
So tell me – what are your ideas on how you can start looking for locally sourced foods?