There are so many reasons I could tell you why you should buy local but there are already so many resources explaining why that you really don’t need me to state the obvious. So, I just wanted to share with you this little gem of a farm I recently found!
As my family continues on our journey of aspiring wholeness, we keep taking baby steps along the way to improve the quality of items we both eat and use. While I try to always buy grass fed and organic meats from one of our local grocery stores, there isn’t much I know about that meat. I don’t know where it came from, how old it is, or how long it took to get to the store. I also do not know the farm’s meat processing standards and I know I am not getting pastured eggs. Free range, yes…but I am still not sure exactly what that means for those eggs. There is a difference, as I am sure you know. But, in case you do not, check out this article for more information.
So, I started doing a little Google search…not surprising to those who know me, for sure! My first discovery was this wonderful website that contained all the information I was looking for and made my search so much easier! Eat Wild is a wonderful website that “has been providing information about the benefits of choosing meat, eggs, and dairy products from pastured animals since 2001.” Well, they also provide all the farms in your area that meet Eat Wild’s standards. Since I live in Maryland, I found there we plenty of places locally to choose from that would allow me to support farmers in my community while buying the freshest meat and eggs available!
After reviewing all my options, I decided that Grand View Farm met my expectations and personal needs. Little did I know that when one of my daughters and I visited last Saturday afternoon that we would just fall in love with the family and the farm!
Upon arrival, the sweetest young lady who happened to be the daughter of the farmer greeted us. As I told her it was our first time at the farm, she immediately offered to give us a guided tour. The baby chicks and baby pigs were just the cutest! It was still a little too cold for the animals so they were all just hanging out together. She was so well educated about the farm and their practices and standards. Not to be overlooked in any way was her love for the animals and her concern for their well-being, which was extremely evident. I didn’t have too many questions as I had already viewed their website and had done enough research to know that this farm was exactly what I was looking for when it came to putting quality food on our table. However, she was still able to provide so much more information and had such a desire to answer questions and provide the transparency that they speak about on their website. It truly was a refreshing experience.
Two weeks later and we have had the eggs, chicken roaster, chicken breasts, pork chops, bacon, maple sausage, and pork shoulder. The quality and taste are exceptional. It is unlike anything you will ever find in the grocery store. This is definitely where I will continue to buy our meats.
There is a special feeling when you know that you are providing the best quality of food to your family while supporting your local farmer. I can’t wait to go back next week. I hope it is warmer and all the little pigs are out running around and playing in the fields! Check them out if you are in the area! You won’t be disappointed!