Let’s Get Clean This Spring Friends!
Springtime is finally, FINALLY here. Although it snowed at the family farm this past Monday. Say what?! Well, that’s weather for you, and as a farm girl, weather wackiness is par for the course.
The good news is the spring lamb and calves arrived without too much event. And, Porky, the beloved matriarch of little Jake Robert’s heritage pig farm, just had 14 piglets. Yes, a whopping 14 piglets (can you imagine?)! Porky – you out-did yourself little lady.
AND, Roseanna, our resident chicken mistress, has been working behind closed doors this late winter on a new yummy…chicken sausage. Yay! Not sure when it will be ready, but I for one cannot wait. This month is all about SPRING CLEAN! In other words, how clean is your meat? And really, how clean is your food in general?
I had an experience just this past weekend that brought home how unclean so much of our food is. I sent my hubs and son off on two errands on Saturday morning: (1) Haircut, and (2) Get cupcakes for birthday party. Check and check…except the cupcakes had approximately three tons of hideously bright blue frosting on each little cake. Now, if I were a five year old little boy (and apparently a grown man – really?), I would TOTALLY have picked these little gems out myself. However, as the really mean Mom in the equation, I grimaced at the copious amount of dye. Alas, they were served.
Fast forward to post-birthday party events 24 hours later, and I don’t know how to say this politely, but there were some, ahem, “backend” repercussions. As in a every child in the house FREAKED OUT when they went to the bathroom. Yes, things were an odd green and blue tint. GROSS! But it got me thinking…in this case at least we could see that blue dye, in all its iterations from start to finish. It was a very tangible example of unclean food. But what about all the yuckiness we can’t see? Meat is the perfect example.
Meat from the factory farming system is riddled with potentially harmful substances, but we can’t see it. And there is no ingredient label, so we can’t even check. And whatever happened to meat just being, well, meat? The good news is clean meat is being raised with TLC on little farms throughout the Midland. We just have to get it to you…and yes, here it comes…that’s why Farmer Girl exists! I hope your meat is clean this spring, and as always, I hope you are enjoying our good meat. And lastly, word of advice: Totally throw your hubs under the bus at the birthday party when giant blue cupcakes are served.