I used to be pretty granola. As a teen, my passion was vegetarianism. I was appalled by the meat and dairy industries and super enthusiastic about living a lifestyle that supported it as little as possible. Now that I have a very aware little human being that I’m trying to raise to be conscious and healthy when it comes to decisions about her body and this planet, I’m thinking of changing our grocery shopping ways even more drastically than just switching to organic foods and foods low in preservatives and dyes.
Sometimes living out in the country seems like a curse, especially in winter when we are stuck inside and isolated. There are great benefits, however, and one of those is the fact that we live so close to many organic and all-natural farms and orchards. Across the street from us is a long-horn cattle ranch (plus two horses and a donkey), although they are beef cattle and I don’t eat red meat, at least not at home. A few minutes away is a lovely apple orchard and cider mill where we can buy jams and sauces with no additives, preservatives, or dyes. Now I’ve discovered three large working farms that raise beef, pork, poultry, eggs, dairy products, and vegetables completely organically and humanely. You can even join a goatherd share!
This is all coming about because I was disturbed by reports of early onset puberty as a result of milk consumption and looking for a milk alternative. Even almond milk did not seem that great, as it contained a lot of preservatives and thickeners that weren’t healthy. In the end, I wanted to look for raw milk options, as well as for chicken and turkey products that are more compatible with my values.
It all comes down to this… I want my daughter to stand up for what she believes in, and to be part of a movement that supports the health of our selves, other living beings, and the planet. If I don’t model this for her, it’s not very likely that she will grow up to do it, either. And also… she loves farming! She is way into farm animals, milking, chickens coming from eggs, etc. In fact, she won’t eat scrambled eggs now because she insists that it’s a baby chicken! *spoiler alert- future vegan*
So, with all of this access to organic farms, why haven’t I made the leap? It all comes down to the sad fact that I don’t enjoy cooking. I really just… dread the process. Even if I include M and she enjoys it, it kinda feels like a chore. Well, you can’t love everything, right? Who knows, maybe I can find simple recipes that aren’t so bad to pull off…
What do you guys think?