Wednesday, November 17, 2010
My baby eating a porkchop from the Meatshare!
I recently participated in a Meat Share hosted and planned by Melissa McEwen. Melissa developed a relationship with B&Y Farms up in the Finger Lakes. We met in Secaucus, NJ early in November to meet the farmers and pick up our meats. I came home with 3 pastured chickens, 20 pounds of pork and 2 pounds of lamb.
Judy, our farmer, showed us pictures of the animals where they were raised and educated us on the breeds (Tamworth for the pigs; Tunis for the lambs). Our meats were butchered by a Mennonite butcher and we were able to enjoy some Mennonite Sausage Recipes (Pork Apple Butter Cinnamon Sausage is heaven on Earth).
Shares with farmers are a very important part of supporting humane farming practices and ensuring we get to eat the best quality foods. Industrial farms feed their animals lots of grain, corn and other cheap products in order to fatten them up for the lowest dollar. Hey, this is America and industrial farms want to make a profit too, right?
Small farms, like Judy's B&Y farms, treat their animals with respect and allow them to graze in the environment they were intended to. The Tamworths spend most of their youth grazing in the woods. They ate tons of apples, pumpkin, and whatever other sustenance they could find on their land (i.e., no grain, they were not stuck in a pen with hundreds of other pigs).
Their farm is located near Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes Region. I'm hoping to visit their farm this summer to see the animals that we will get to eat next harvest.
If you would like to see a take of "Stealing a porkchop from a baby" please go to hunter-gatherer.com