Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.”
― Michael Pollan
Back to Basics: Farm Fresh Delivery
We got our first ever farm fresh delivery last week! I was super excited to pick it up and even more excited to have everything in front of me.
I like going to Farmer’s Markets but it’s not always the most convenient thing for me — I tend to forget to go to them (at the right place, at the right time, on the right day), and because every Farmer’s Market is different (and depending on the season), they may or may not have what I want.
Farm deliveries make it extremely easy to get farm fresh food — it’s literally delivered from the farm to the city, and you go to pick it up at a specified “drop off” location (some farm delivery services even deliver to your door).
As you can see from the picture above, my order consisted of:
Organic Sprouted Seven Grain Bread - This bread is way healthier/better for us than store bought breads. Sprouting is one of the traditional ways to prepare grains that is important to eliminate anti-nutrients and enzyme inhibitors in our grains. Click here for my blog post on how to properly prepare some of your own grains and why it’s important. Commercial breads are NOT prepared in this traditional way (unless it is stated otherwise). Since I am not into bread-making myself (at least not yet!), I decided it is worth it to pay a little more for bread that is prepared to digest properly and to reduce risks of developing problems over time. Another reason for buying this bread is that it is completely natural, in the sense that it does not contain any rancid oils (vegetable oils such as canola or soy) or any other unnecessary ingredients. Lately I’ve been reading labels and checking ingredients to switch out some things that I want to eliminate from my diet (or atleast consume LESS of, for now — baby steps!) and this bread is definitely a YES on my list!
Eggs- These eggs are from pastured hens and are antibiotic and hormone free! Most grocery store eggs come from factory farms where hens are crammed into small cages indoors, are fed a poor diet, and never get any exercise or fresh air. Because of these poor conditions, the hens are often sick and need antibiotics (and hormones) to keep them healthy. Pastured hens, however, roam on the green grass of a farm and get plenty of exercise and fresh air and sunlight! They also eat a natural diet of what they should be eating: Things like grass and bugs found in nature! Eggs from pastured hens make a much healthier egg (and you can tell by comparing these eggs to your regular, grocery store egg).
Chicken- The same info regarding the eggs goes for the chickens themselves! Poorly raised/treated chickens makes for poor quality (health-wise) meat! This chicken is a Freedom Ranger. These chickens are free range (roam, exercise, and eat on pasture), and are antibiotic and hormone free!
REAL Milk- Yep, Real, RAW milk. I was super excited to finally have raw milk in our lives! Read my post here about raw milk and why it’s WAY better for you than store bought (pasteurized) milk, aka: dead milk. Milk is alive and is traditionally consumed that way. We love this stuff! It tastes much lighter than pasteurized milk, and it is delicious!! Of course, it’s important to make sure that your raw milk is coming from a clean and reputable source. This milk comes from an Amish farm in Paradise, PA. The cows live on pasture and are grass-fed — and that makes for some very nutritious milk filled with lots of probiotics! :)
Grade B Maple Syrup- Grade B is hard to find in most stores (although Whole Foods does have it, it’s more expensive there than buying it from here). Basically, maple syrup is REAL syrup and is great to use as an unrefined sweetener. Grade B is better for you than grade A. Grade B contains all the good stuff — the minerals and nutrients. It literally is the bottom of the barrel, but that’s good in this case! That’s where all of the nutrients settle to!
Yogurt- The 2 containers you see in the picture are all natural, peach and mango yogurt from grass-fed cows!
I order all of my farm fresh food from: Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative.
Although I’m not a CSA member, I am still able to place orders for farm fresh food by being a member of their Buying Club (4 Seasons Harvest)! It’s free to become a member! And some co-ops require you to be a CSA member in order to take full advantage of all that they have to offer, such as meats, dairy, etc. But Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op allows you to buy just what you want (through the buying club), which is the exact service I was searching for! They make deliveries to different areas throughout PA (and many different sites in Philly alone). You get to pick your drop off location and once a week, they deliver to that location. All you have to do is just pick it up (on that day, between specified times). You place your order the week before, and pay in advance. It’s the easiest and most efficient way to get farm food! Especially if you do not live near a farm, or if it’s not convenient to go to a farm). I love it & I highly recommend it!!