Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Lately I’ve been downloading library books and reading them on my laptop. Browsing through the thousands of titles available has given me an eclectic reading list including this wonderful find – Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm. In 1996 Forest Pritchard, who had just graduated from college, decided that he wanted to work on his family farm which had been managed outside the family since his grandfather’s death. He knew very little about farming so the first few years were hard but through trial and error he discovered what worked best and now the farm is thriving.
As I was reading I realized that we would be passing very close to the farm. We’ve heard so many stories about factory farms and seen too many feedlots along the highways so we try to buy grass fed, free range meat. Smith Meadows has a small store right on the farm where customers can buy meat from animals that are pasture raised and never given antibiotics or growth hormones. :- ) Self serve coolers and a freezer contain frozen cuts of beef, pork and lamb, whole chickens, and sausages plus eggs, homemade pasta, and prepared food. The store is opened 7 days a week from 10:00 – 5:00 and is operated on the honor system although you may call ahead if you want assistance. Our freezer is stuffed!
The farm store isn’t accessible due to steps.
The country roads leading to the farm are narrow so use caution. There’s enough room for a RV to park and turn around at the store. Farm Market