The documentary Food Inc. encouraged me to move away from the usual handful of meat suppliers and seek grass-fed or free-range organic beef and chicken. This led me to Whole
And now, by sweet chance, I have found a local CSA and signed up for their weekly produce box. I'm watering plants for a neighbor the next couple of weeks, and he offered that I could pick up his box while he was gone. I'm so glad I did! Abounding Harvest Mountain Farm, in partnership with Old House Farm, have started Neighbor Farms CSA. Daniel and Nancy are friends and neighbors with some of our own friends who live near them, and have turned an unusual and incredible piece of property into a food producing machine. I can even walk to the weekly pick up location, and their selection of organic fruits and vegetables complements the few that we are able to grow in our increasingly shady yard.
I can't tell you how amazing this discovery makes me feel, the fact that friends are growing our food, that little fossil fuels were required to grow it and bring it to my house, and that we're using our food money to help a local, responsible business operate. And with the eggs we're now starting to get from our hens, we're on our way to independence.
If you live in the Felton, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, or the surrounding mountains like I do, check them out and sign up.