(My Grandfather's farm)
This is an issue near and dear to my heart. My grandfather was a dairy farmer and we lived next door. I practically grew up on that farm, as did my brothers, who worked for him. The cows lived long lives, they grazed all day long and were happy to come back into the warm barn at night. Looking back I remember one small farm after another in our area that went out of business and we were always told it was because of the big, factory farms. My Grandfather stayed in business and prospered but so many others weren't as fortunate. I guess all these years I've had the idealistic image of my Grandfather's farm as the idea of where my food came from. Sadly, overall, this just isn't so.
My husband is on board with making more vegetarian choices for the family but not going completely meat free. So we are looking into ethical, local sources for eggs, dairy & meat. We now have eggs delivered to us weekly from our dear landlady who has a chicken coup that rivals the size of her house. We call them happy hen eggs. Since we need less, because I'm not eating them or baking with them, it is very affordable. Friends have come forward with local sources for beef. A possible future goal is to buy a freezer and make bulk meat purchases which are cheaper in the long run. I want my family to make their own choices about how they eat. I won't force my ideas on them. However I am going to cook mostly vegan and they will get the fringe benefit of this.
So, I have been vegan for two weeks now and am really amazed at how liberated I feel. I never enjoyed cooking meat and if anyone mentioned the animal that the meat was from I would lose my appetite. Rather then center our meals around chicken, fish or beef, I am now centering our meals around a new veggie or grain and much more variety. Somehow it has opened my thought about cooking and eating and I'm enjoying cooking & meal planning now. I love the new flavors I'm experimenting with. It seems as if plant based food has more "pow" to it, lovely combos of flavor and spices so that the palette & appetite is absolutely satisfied. So far I've made, veggie burgers that my sons now prefer to meat, creamy potato leek soup, falafel & hummus wraps, pesto quesadillas, black bean soup, vegan Alfredo pasta made with lemon and avocados, delicious cookie bars, and much more. In short, I'm having great fun with it and my family is enjoying the new flavors too!
It's so important to know where our food comes from and what we are voting for with our dollar. If you're interested in watching the above mentioned films they are both available to watch online. If you are interested in all the new recipes I'm trying please check out my "Vegan From Scratch" Pinterest board. Also if you have any tips on going vegan, stories of your journey, opinions on the films, recipes, resources, fav vegan blogs etc., I would love to hear.
Until next time...