Dinner for two, for $15! Supporting local farmers

Brie burger served with garlic olive oil fried spinach and mushrooms, heirloom tomatoes, and half of an avocado.  Dinner for two for $13!

7/26/18

Talk Nerdy to Me!

For the people who have started paying closer attention to what they eat, inevitably the issue arises, of the origin of the foods they choose.  When our grandparents walk in to a grocery store, they don’t hold in mind that the system that sustained them as children no longer exists.  Farmer Joe Bob’s pig farm longer provides meats to the conglomerate grocery stores.  The corporations have industrialized food production to the point where numbers, speed, and volume rule the products, not quality. In our grandparents defense, when they were children, nothing was GMO, mono-cropped, devoid of nutritional value, or processed.  The changes to our food system weren’t nearly as stark, even as little as thirty years ago.

The Silent Generation remembers a time when you could walk into the butcher shop, and Gino would slice you roast beef,  that he cooked that morning, himself, with a meat thermometer.  In recent times, I have spoken to children who didn’t know what broccoli was, as 4th graders.  This food climate has become one of the greatest tragedies of our time.  The older generation, and especially the Baby Boomers, the generation dying of the highest cancer, heart disease and diabetes rates in human history, assume that the food they eat is good for you, and the guidelines the government provides, healthy. So, they have paid the highest price.

Farmer’s markets are a great way to get locally-sourced, high quality foods.  Your cow growing up on a meadow, and not knee-deep in fecal matter, with a name, and a mother, transforms the meat into fatty, rich, sweet tasty meat.  Buying vegetables from family farms, and getting to work closely with Jesse, at Amyo Farms, I have had the best spinach, and carrots of my life. I am not speaking in hyperbole. The fact is, that when you shake hands with a farmer, you are supporting families and not corporations.  Who else could tell you how the soil your food was grown in, was amended, for the last ten or twenty years, and that it was amended with guano, and red worm castings?

I call your bluff, dear reader, put your money where your mouth is. Support a lifestyle you believe in. Many people say that they eat organic, and locally sourced,  but then, secretly because they are tired, go to Albertson’s.  Turns out they don’t have organic asparagus, oh well. Who grew those vegetables, what were they sprayed with?  Would you rather pay $0.50 more for  heavy cream, to know that that cow lived a happy life, 20 miles from where you are now standing in that aisle, and support local industry? Or would you rather put another check into a suit’s pocket, while eating factory farmed food, that is nutrient deficient, and shot full of steroids and antibiotics?  These poor animals are fed a diet that makes them so fat they can’t move,  not that they could anyways in those crates, and are slaughtered just before they die anyways from eating a diet that is incompatible with their bodies. They have evolved to eat grass for many thousands of years, and now they are force-fed garbage, all for the sake of these corporations to have a product that looks consistent; same size, same color.

There are also local grocery stores that have relationships with farmers and buy locally-sourced, high quality items. Supporting small grocery stores is in the same vein as meeting and buying from farmers.  People often complain that co-ops have super high prices, which is why we at ONK have partnered with the local grocery store La Montanita Co-op.  Admittedly, co-ops can get pricey, but not if you shop smart.  This is the purpose of this post.  They have weekly items that go on sale. They are announced Mondays, and the sales start Wednesdays.  There are more items on sale, than you might imagine, as well:

Strawberries

Avocados

Kent Mangoes

White Nectarines

Heirloom Tomatoes

Mary’s Non GMO Chicken Thighs

Native Ground Beef

That’s only this week’s specials. Using the keto items on this list ( plus a few things we had at home) like olive oil, salt and pepper, etc…we made a gorgeous cheese burger plate.  I feel strongly about buying high quality food.  Unfortunately for everyone, it continues to cost more because of government subsidies and the cheap quality of vast amounts of feed required to sustain the system.  They are all holding hands to create voluminous food, fast, and to protect “food producers”  which is a fancy government term for lobbyists.

All in all, our meal  from the Co-op was around $13.  For two of us. Everything on our plate was organically grown. Do you think that’s expensive?  Call your representatives. I feel that a food revolution will happen eventually, but not in my life time. Eating healthy, quality, whole foods is up to us.  Based on current American death rates, it’s our responsibility. They aren’t going to help you.  There’s too much money to be made off your illnesses. I feel responsible to pay for high quality food, to front load the cost.  I don’t want to spend my life’s savings on hospital bills, as a sick, old man.  Eating delicious food is worth the price. Your health.  If you are willing to buy insulin for half a lifetime, why are you not willing to buy your groceries at a place where they support local family farms? Since when have better quality items cost less? You pay for the care it takes to produce quality items.  Why should food be any differen?. IT TASTES BETTER.  It is better, for the environment, for the animals themselves, for the cultivators, and for the people who consume them.  Everybody wins.  Try not getting that fourth cup of joe today, and buy the organic, free-range whole chicken with asparagus grown 20 miles from your front door instead, and barbecue it.  You’ll thank me, I promise.

Chuch, Happy eating,

Gaby

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