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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Baby Steps

After reading my old post on Wal-Mart I figured I should update everyone, as I've made great, okay decent, progress in buying local and making better purchasing decisions overall. And if you live in South Jersey, I'll tell you where I'm shopping and give you the links to hook you up.
First, I found a local butcher, Bringhurst Meats. You can see where they slaughter the animals from the counter where you purchase your meat. It's a small family place that's tucked back a windy road and has been since the 1930's. I can buy not only locally farmed meat, but grass-fed beef, rabbits, free-range chickens, goat meat and fresh bacon without nitrates. Plus, they buy animals from the local 4-H kids and then sell the meat. And, as expected, their products taste awesome.
Second, I started getting organic produce delivered weekly from Suburban Organics. The downside is that to supply people with organic produce year round, they ship produce from all over. Al Gore would pass out at the sight of the carbon footprint my organic pineapples and mangos leave behind. BUT, during the spring and summer I do get locally produced veggies AND they deliver organic milk too. So while I'm paying more for everything, it's worth it too me because it saves on all the running around, and when I pay top dollar for food, I use it up without waste. The kids will learn to eat this stuff before I grow it so our crops don't rot in the crisper. And finally, for all the bits of veggies that do get brown and gross before I turn then into one of my delicious home-cooked dinners, its simply a trip out to the compost pile. We've got a nice recycled pallet compost pile cooking out back and we're hoping to get some raised beds out front this spring.
It didn't take much searching to find these places so it's likely there's a co-op or butcher in your town too: why not have a look?
So, there have been some changes here and I'm feeling good about it all. It feels pretty good to read my earlier post and see that, wow, I could make some baby steps in the right direction. With a little more time, who knows what we might accomplish this year. Dare I be optimistic? I'll drink to that.


say what? said...

>>The kids will learn to eat this stuff before I grow it so our crops don't rot in the crisper.<<

When you begin gardening I’d suggest using as many OP (open pollinated) varieties as possible. Heirloom varieties (older OPs) might better serve your needs. They tend to reach maturity at differing times so you aren’t as likely to be over-whelmed with foods you hadn’t planned on storing for much more than a few days.

If you live in an area that allows the keeping of a few chickens, or even a pig, you might consider those for the kitchen scrap disposal. Their manure could then be fed to the compost and you’d have the animal’s eggs and/or meat.

Doc Hannon said...

Would you mind posting about two forthcoming Masses in Ireland for the Holy Year of Priests?

And if you could link to our blog/put us on your blogroll too that would be fantastic.

God bless you!

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