Busy week of continuing to read The Omnivore’s Dilemma and contemplating food. Some things that have come up are helping my guy understand my new choices in terms of what I will eat. Since we are a carnivorous couple who take pride in BBQ-ing, tasty food consumption and the like, he was particularly shocked (and a little perturbed) at my declining of bacon at Saturday morning breakfast. (sorry hunny!). I have clearly explained now that I am not giving up all meat for all time. I am simply attempting to choose my meat wisely and ethically so that I can digest with some peace of mind. Plus, we love seafood (never farmed) so for the times when hearty meat is hard to come by, we have a sufficiently stocked deep freezer of fresh from the fisherman fish at our disposal.
Sunday we headed out to the Steveston Farmer’s Market. My goal: to find some local farmers that produce pasture-raised products (ideally organic). Success! I found the stand for Ryder Lake Beef Sales. A locally raised (Chilliwack, BC), Free Range and Hormone Free beef farm that had a variety of cuts for sale. Supporting this farm is also congruent with the famous 100 mile diet. I picked up 3lbs of ground beef for $10 – not bad!
Next, I stumbled across the Ladybug Manor Organic Turkey farm – also from the Fraser Valley (100 mile diet approved). These guys are also free rangin’, field wanderin’ turkeys that are free of antibiotics, hormones, chemicals and apparently delicious. I picked up a leaflet (after sampling some delish turkey sausage) and may order a Thanksgiving bird from them.
After we left the market, we travelled out to Ladner and Westham Island for a bit of wine tasting and to stop by a random little farm that sells their fresh and organic produce and meat. I picked up 1 dozen organic and free range eggs (from their chickens on the farm) for $5.25. Also, I picked up a nice roaster chicken (frozen) from an organic and free range farm in Abbottsford BC for $12.50. Pricey, considering I was previously grabbing a roaster chicken bigger for around $5 in Bellingham, WA. BUT, I do feel better knowing that this bird isn’t pumped full of question-mark chemicals that I can’t pronounce.
I am also planning to explore some healthy vegetarian meals (recipes very appreciated) to balance out my eating. It certainly isn’t necessary to eat meat every single day (ethical or not), so I figure it’s time to explore some other dishes.
As a side note, in regards to the recent plague I had….Got a call from the Public Health Authority early last week. Apparently they had my lab results back: A bacterial infection in my intestine. Gross. I had to answer a bunch of questions:
“Have you been travelling recently?” – no
“Have you been to North Vancouver lately?” – no
“Have you eaten any eggs or chicken within 3 days before you got sick?” – quite possibly (before my meat experiment). Is it possible that I got sick from the very stuff I am trying to quit/investigate? Now, I don’t have a for sure answer on how I got sick. But this has solidified my committment to lay off that factory farmed crazy meat for a bit!