Years ago, in search for a different way to buy our food, we began supporting our local farmers by joining Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).
Clark was in grad school and we didn't have much money, but the little we had, we knew needed to go to good food. Good in taste, yes, but good in other ways as well.
Good in the way supporting a local farm helps people directly in your community.
Good in the way supporting farmers who are practicing the ethical treatment of land and animals protects the environment and keeps you from ingesting pesticides, hormones, GMOs.
Good in the way that knowing your food, helping your child know their food, creates a sacred relationship between the life given and the life provided for.
One of the CSAs we've been a part of for many, many years now is Schacht Farm's.
Each month our freezer is more than filled, and we eat meat knowing that we are not causing additional harm to ourselves, the land, or the animals. Yes, they are killed so we can eat them, but they aren't tortured. Many of our countries animals are!
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Here's how it works-
1. Once a month we drive the short drive down Schacht Road, chat with Mandy the farmer, and swap an empty freezer bag for a full one. She reminds us (which we always need) "Low and slow," and we drive away to fill our freezer.
2. In our bag we always have a chicken. Other cuts might include pork and beef roasts, steak, sausage, hamburger, bacon, ribs. You can also request eggs.
3. We don't choose our cuts, though you can discuss with Mandy options for your share. I personally like the surprise. I like not having to think about what meat we're buying each month and I like meal planning around what she's chosen for us.
Super simple and such a gift. A gift to know our money is being well spent, the food we eat is nourishing us, giving out good energy all around, and that I never have to think about buying meat else where, unless we're wanting a little something extra, which is rare. (If you do need something extra, Schacht Farm is at the farmer's market and being a CSA member means you also get 10% off anything you buy).
Sunday we'll head to pickup our share, which is good because I'm cooking our chicken tomorrow, and this week we have family visiting which means a big roast will be devoured.
You can head there too! Schacht's CSA is open. A new three month round begins in March. Head to their website to find out more and connect with Mandy.
So grateful for the hard work and good choices local farmers like Mandy make so we can make good choices too.