In October 2007, I joined a meat CSA sponsored by a family farm in Hardwick, MA. Every month, I pick up 10 lbs of conscientiously-raised, pasture-fed, hormone-free meat. The meat, a combination of pork, beef, chicken and lamb, is frozen, so I can eat it as I defrost it.
My interest in eating humanely raised meat began several years ago when I read Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation. At that point, I swore off fast food and started trying to eat organic as often as possible. This interest grew into a goal when I was in Maui on vacation in March 2007. During that trip, I did two things: I read Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma and I ate my first bite of grass-fed, locally raised beef. Pollan’s argument was compelling, but tasting that steak convinced me that I needed to find a way to eat local at home. When I met Kate and Aidan Stillman at my farmers’ market last summer, I finally had a path to buying and eating local, humanely-raised meat.
Pick-up 1: October 21, 2007
1 whole chicken (5-6 lbs); 8 hot dogs; 2 lbs ground beef; 1 rib steak; 2 lamb chops; 1 lb leg of lamb; 2 soup bones (pork)
Pick-up 2: November 18, 2007
1 rib steak; ham steak (1.5 lbs); 7 hot dogs; 4 sweet Italian sausages; 2 lbs ground beef; 1.25 lbs beef stew meat; beef brisket (2.2 lbs)
Pick-up 3: December 27, 2007
bone-in leg of lamb (2.2 lbs); lamb riblets (1.2 lbs); ham steak (1.5 lbs); ground lamb (1.3 lbs); pork chops (1.2 lbs); country-style spare ribs (1.25 lbs); ground pork (1.2 lbs)
Pick-up 4: January 20, 2008
whole, fresh ham (!); 12 slices of bacon; 2 boneless pork loin chops; 2 bone-in pork chops; baby back ribs
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