The things we do for love (of food).

Yesterday, the kids and I drove 60 miles north to a farm to get food. Yep, two hours round-trip to procure food from organic farmers with free-ranging animals. A woman from our congregation was shocked I would travel so far “just” to get raw milk. Ah, the things we do for love of food.
The distance really wasn’t that bad, though I might be singing a different tune when there’s snowfall. We got to meet and visit with our new farmers, as well as the dogs, goats, sheep, chickens, guineas, and pig. It was Abram’s first visit to a farm, and he was very concerned about stepping in all the poop. But he eventually worked up the courage to enter the barn and pet the friendly goats (Olivia loves animals, by the way). And although Abram didn’t get to sit on a tractor or see cows or horses, at dinner last night he said, “What kind of milk is this? I like it!” Olivia and I liked it, too. Well worth the drive.

We brought home three gallons of delicious raw milk, five dozen beautiful eggs, several pounds of free-range pork, and a bag full of huge puff-ball mushrooms. We added this to our stash of produce in the “farmer’s fridge” in the garage. Items not pictured below (i.e., upstairs in the kitchen): potatoes, peppers, onions, and peaches. 1554 not from a farmer, though I will say that our good friends brewed some of the tastiest beer I’ve ever had. They are welcome to bring some more our way at their earliest convenience (hint, hint).

In preparation to plant our own garden in the spring, we’ve started composting. We fashioned a compost bin out of a garbage can in which we drilled holes; with the lid bungeed on, we can simply roll the can around the yard to stir our compost. I’ve been diligently stockpiling our kitchen scraps, and Abram helps me collect dry leaves and sticks to add to the bin. He also volunteered to cut up our cardboard tubes. We’re using this handy compost guide to make sure we put the right things in our pile.

Luke and I often fantasize about having our own farm, working side by side with our kids, praying they would love it and pass it down to the next generation. Whether or not we actually have a farm someday, we’ll do whatever we can to be a little more self-sustained, be it gardening, canning, raising chickens, maybe even buying a cow. We don’t know anything about farming. Not a clue. But one has to start somewhere, right?

And for those who do not have the opportunity to get your own hands dirty, remember to support your local farmers! It’s good for you, good for them, good for your community, and good for God’s green earth.

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6 thoughts on “The things we do for love (of food).

  1. We rigged up a compost bin like that. But now it is full, and I’m thinking we actually need two, so that we can put our scraps someplace else while this bin finishes off. We’ve got the vermicomposter, too, but right now we have way more kitchen scraps than those worms can handle.
    So do you drink all 3 gallons, or make butter/cheese/yogurt with some? How often will you make the trip to the farm?
    Jake just made hard apple cider for fall, so next time we see you we’ll have some for you!

    • this was our first trip to the farm, so we’re playing it by ear; it’d be nice to only have to go up there every 2 weeks! we were told the milk freezes well, plus i’ll probably make kefir and yoghurt.

      yay, cider! 🙂

  2. I love the picture of your beautiful eggs! We just made a connection to get them about 20 min. down the road and we also have a connection for as much honey as we can eat. 🙂 If you wouldn’t mind sending me info on your pork source, we are looking for a hog to share one with my in-laws….

  3. We’re trying to become more self-sustaining too. We tried our hand at gardening this summer and so far the only things I’ve grown successfully are flowers and tomatoes. Oh well, there’s the fall and next year to try again. We did hear it can take a couple years to get veggies producing well because it takes time to get the soil nice and fertile. We’ve also tried our hand at edible landscaping by planting a few blueberry bushes, two apple trees, and a peach tree. Next spring we plan on adding more fruit trees/bushes. We’ll have to try your composting plan. 🙂

    • i would love to hear how things are coming along for you! i’ve read composting is an excellent way to add nutrients to your soil, plus you throw away a lot less kitchen waste!

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