Day 3–Finding New Sources for Sustainable Food

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We are big believers in shopping our local farmer’s markets and we are lucky to have 3 to choose from. Unfortunately, two of them only operate April-November and the one that is still open doesn’t have a lot to choose from this time of year. So, on the positive side, we are beginning our journey at the most challenging time of year and it can only get better from here. On the down side, we are starting our journey at the most challenging time of year!

I’ve found some bright spots though, and one is a relatively new group in Durham, NC, called Farmhand Foods. They connect North Carolina pasture-based livestock producers with individuals, restaurants and retailers. They source only from farmers who raise their animals humanely, on pasture, without antibiotics, added hormones or animal by-products.

Best of all, they are offering a Winter Meat Box for January, February and March with pickup locations around the Triangle area. Each box contains three different cuts of meat (2 beef, 1 pork), with a total box weight of about 7 lbs.

Doing the math, each box is $45 and at 7 lbs. we’re paying about $6.50 per pound of meat. A lot compared to the grocery store, mass-produced meat, but a lot less than the average price at Whole Foods.

So, we signed up, and will pick up our first box on January 19. I’ll work the cost into our weekly budget and report back on the quality and overall value of the meat we get. If you are interested in Farmhand Foods, I’ll add a link to the sidebar.

What do you think? Is it a ridiculous amount to pay for sustainable, locally produced meat? Or would you think it’s worth it? I do believe we will be eating less meat as a result, which is not a bad thing either. Would love to hear your thoughts!

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  1. Lav Chintapalli

     /  January 3, 2012

    We have been buying organic meat for a while. That was the only kind I could let myself after being a vegetarian for a few years (watching Food, Inc etc led to that). So i believe that while it may temporarily be expensive, it will be cheaper in the long run, since you will be less prone to illnesses, and hormonal imbalances. And eating less flesh is always good the body. My 2 cents.

  2. Thanks, Lav! I appreciate your comments! And goodness knows, I don’t need any hormonal imbalances 🙂


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