A Farm Tour! And Epic Buckwheat Fail

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If you watched Food Inc., you had the opportunity to see one of the coolest farms around, Polyface Farm. What makes farmer Joel Salatin such a cool person is not just his incredible respect for a better food chain, but his humility in realizing that in consuming any food, we are asking something to give itself up to us. Whether that is an animal or a plant, we are sacrificing something in order to feed ourselves, and that deserves some reflection. When we buy into factory farms and mass-produced chicken houses, we are determining a certain fate for both the land and the animals involved. Are we OK with that? It’s a compelling question.

One of my goals last year was to travel to Staunton, Virginia, and visit Salatin’s Polyface Farm. Due to scheduling issues, we never made it there. But now, we have tickets to a special tour at the farm on May 18th. The tour is called the Lunatic Farm Tour. I can’t wait!

Here is a great video clip about Joel Salatin from Handpicked Nation. Give it a watch. I like to imagine a world where we were all such lunatics. Enjoy!

http://www.handpickednation.com/videos/the-lunatic-farmer/

But on to buckwheat. I love a good buckwheat pancake, although I don’t make them at home. They have such a nice taste and are so satisfying. So when I saw a recipe in Clean Eating magazine for a stuffed acorn squash recipe with ham and buckwheat, I thought “why not?” The recipe looked pretty good, so I purchased some buckwheat and cooked it according to the recipe instructions. Here is what the instructions did not say:

CAUTION: BUCKWHEAT IS STINKY LIKE OLD GYM SOCKS AND WILL FUNK UP YOUR HOUSE FOR HOURS.

Maybe it’s me, but I think little tips like that are helpful.

You know the quote “you eat with your eyes”? Well, my friends, you eat with your nose, too, and if something smells like a middle school locker room, you’re probably going to have lots of leftovers. I am not sharing the recipe with you because I care for you and I am not going to pretend that just because it’s good for you it will taste good (or even smell good).

Part of the journey is trying new things. Sometimes they work, sometimes they leave you gasping for air. That’s life. Tomorrow I will share an experiment that worked. It is called Banana Bread Oatmeal. And it even smells good 🙂

Week 1 Budget and Menu

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Welcome to 2013! How are you feeling this morning? Energized and excited about the new year? Worried about the fiscal cliff? Hung over? I, for one, can’t figure out where last year went–it was a blur of activity, but it was a lot of fun.

If you are new to this blog, I’ll explain that each week I will post our seasonal menu and our food budget for the week (our goal is under $100). This budget includes food, but not other household goods like laundry detergent or paper towels. Along the way, I’ll also post recipes and information about what is season at the markets here in central North Carolina, new food research or food issues that come up, etc.

Ready? Here goes Week 1!

Budget [Total $69.52]

  • Coon Rock Farm (collard greens cabbage, Italian sausage): $12.00
  • Fickle Creek Farm (eggs): $4.50
  • Locals Seafood (shrimp): $10.00
  • Other farmers market (sweet potatoes, broccoli, onions): $7.00
  • Trader Joes (frozen fruit, coconut oil, olive oil, cannellini beans, Ezekiel bread, noodles): $36.02

What are we eating for $69.52? Here is our menu for Week !!

Menu

  • Tuesday–Collard greens, hoppin’ john, corn bread
  • Wednesday–Shrimp pad thai w/local shrimp, veggies and peanuts
  • Thursday–Homemade pizza night w/farmer’s market ingredients
  • Friday–Stuffed sweet potatoes and leftovers
  • Saturday–Leftover ribollita soup
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