For about two years after I graduated high school, I worked on my then neighbor's farm. They grew veggies, raised pork, poultry, and eggs to sell at Farmer's Market's, and a few local restraunts. They were not a certified organic farm, as becoming "certified organic" is pricey for small farms, but they did raise everything in an organic and ethical way.
Any way. I LOVED my job. I spent most of my days feeding animals, weeding, planting, and washing eggs. I also had the opportunity to help sell at the Farmer's Market.
With all that being said, being a part of that community for so long has made me a HUGE supporter of buying from local farmers. It provides jobs for local folks, and money into a local economy.
And hey! Most food bought at the farmer's market is of WAY better quality than that of a grocery store. And I've found it is a huge money saver when buying grass fed meats, and organically grown veggies. (unless of course you can grown said items yourself. Like we hope to do one day. We are not able to currently, as the land we live on is not ours, and I'm not totally sure the owner would be thrilled with us digging up the backyard, and putting in a garden...)
My first trip to the market this year rewarded me with a source of grass fed beef for half the price I was paying at Whole Foods. Plus, I have the guarantee this farmers cows were finished on grass, and never saw grain.
My second trip was more veggie filled. I was able to buy tomatoes, green onions, and even branch out into the world of radishes.
I never tasted a radish before last week. I'm a creature of habit when it comes to food. Slowly, as I learn more and more about nutrition, I am beginning to branch out. And my body and taste buds are loving it. :D
So after seeing a recipe for roasted radishes in the "Nourishing Gourmet" quarterly, they were quickly bumped up on the list to try.
All I had to do was toss them in a tablespoon of butter, sprinkle some salt, and bake for 20 minutes at 425 degrees.
And how yummy they were placed atop a salad, alongside grassfed burger patties, topped with mashed avocado and tomatoes. Yummy!
I am definitely looking forward to picking up some more at the next market this week. :D
Do you shop at a farmer's market? Have you branched out in the world of food, and tried a new ingredient lately?
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!