This week I am back home in Indiana visiting my family and my Mom took me to a farm just up the street from their house where they get all of their meat and eggs. When you pull up to the farm, there’s a baby cow in the front yard right next to the store with a front porch and rocking chairs. When you walk inside there’s an un-manned check out counter (yup, you pay by check or cash using the honor system) and to the left are one refrigerator and six freezers. In the refrigerator they have eggs and yogurt and cheese made from milk from grass-fed cows. The eggs are huge and delicious and we decided to try their banana-mango yogurt, also delicious (and great with the primal cereal). As you can see in the pictures, the rest of the refrigerators are filled with frozen meat. They have chicken, beef, pork, turkey, duck, lamb and goat all raised locally. They also have maple syrup, honey, tomato sauces, ketchup, bbq sauce and hot sauces all made from ingredients grown locally.
Honored Prairie is a collection of farmers who have a common goal, to promote healthy foods that are a result of sustainable farming practices that focus on honoring and preserving the land. By collaborating, the small farms are able to reach more consumers and penetrate the marketplace to provide wholesomely produced food products. The prices are higher than what you’d find in a large grocery store, but their meat products on average are no more than $7/lb.
Nick and I were like kids in a candy shop when we walked into this little store and I felt the experience was worth sharing. Obviously we don’t have access to these particular farms, but finding it here has definitely inspired me to do some hunting for something similar in California. We also found that my parents’ favorite gluten-free pizza place here works with these farms to get meats, vegetables and cheese for their pizzas. I think we’ll start asking around at some of the local restaurants that are committed to providing organic vegetables and grass-fed meats (such as Paul Martins) what farms they work with as a possible place to start the search for farms to order from. If any of you have found local farms and have had good experiences with them, please post to comments!