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Friday, April 29, 2011

The Week in Review

Is it the end of the week already?  Phew!  This has been a long week here in Kentucky.  The weather hasn't been nearly as bad here as in other southern states, but since last Friday, my town has had three tornado sirens (two of which were in the middle of the night) and several tornado and flood watches.  We've been very, very lucky, but it has created an exhausting week for everyone around here. 

Here are some of the posts I've liked this week.  It's been difficult to keep up because every time I sit down to rest and read, I end up falling asleep!  I think, though, given what I bookmarked this week, I'm in need of some goat cheese.  :-)
  • Annie's Eats has a Parmesan Crusted Goat Cheese with Basil Oil that I just want to sink my teeth into!  I have a party planned next weekend for my son's birthday and baptism, and this just might make the cut.
  • I am also planning on making A Food Centric Life's Goat Cheese Salad--Hawaiian Style as soon as tomatoes and cucumbers come into season.  The salad, which includes typical salad fare, also includes beets and pineapple.  This sounds like a perfect summer salad.
  • And on a food-related note, Food & Water Watch has a great graphic on factory farms in the U.S.  As you may know, my family steers away from non-local meat from large factories.  In addition to just tasting better and supporting local farmers, there is just too much scary stuff going on in large-scale meat factories for me to feel safe in feeding it to my family.  I was happy to see that Kentucky, although a large agricultural state, is relatively free from extremely high density farms.  This means that local meats are coming from more small-scale farms.  Where does your state fall?
What have you been reading this week?

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Anonymous,  April 30, 2011 at 9:47 AM  

I get a CSA but I always wonder how we can be certain that local farms are not engaging in dangerous practices? Hi Mindy! Dara

Darcy April 30, 2011 at 1:11 PM  

wow. I look pretty doomed here in Iowa

Mindy April 30, 2011 at 8:08 PM  

Hi Dara! Good question--I think that there is one good option for learning about your CSA...visit their farm. :-) I've been to our CSA farm several times. We're lucky that the farmer who runs our CSA has a picnic every summer and invites all of the members to come out for a potluck and an extensive tour of the farm. We get to see their water source, their manure pile, the chickens running around, the cow mooing in the pasture. And he's completely open to answering questions openly and honestly. He is also one of the only certified organic farms in the area, which goes a long way with me. There are certainly problems with organic certification, but it's one more safeguard with me.

As for meat, I talk weekly with the owner of the processing plant and a couple of the farmers (who have also invited us to their farm). I guess the bottom line would be to really get to know the people you buy from and ask to see what they're doing. I hope this helps!

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