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Survival Sourcing of Foods is one where my wife and I spend much time. I actually started a garden to relax and having been in the restaurant biz for years this was as close as I wanted to come to that again. Gardening okay, relaxing okay, getting my fingers dirty, knees muddy, back sore, and watching it all grow; yes this is fine.
Over time we had to learn and still are learning and as I do so I cannot help remember my Grandparents and their farm. Today I listened to a major Talk show and on it they were talking about the Government taking down farms and markets who try to sell ‘raw dairy’ and related items. I have discussed this on our own shows and did numerous news stories on this, but I can really see how much those running this nation in regard to these laws are clueless as to the dumb laws and reg’s they police. Nevertheless, my Grandparents would have been a top target for these Gestapo dairy police. We had raw milk fresh out of the cow, fresh butter, fresh cream, fresh eggs, and our own grown meat. I never heard much of organic back then. I never saw my Grandparents using chemicals or some other thing on the farm. No doubt I never heard the word organic in our neck of the woods because we were already there.
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But today is different and even in stores we must be label readers. It is not enough to just look for low prices and be sure if you want to be particular about the Food source that your product you eat comes from; it will cost more money. As well I absolutely do not recommend any product from China food or otherwise. I buy local, buy organic, buy as fresh and as pure a product that I can. No if you are poor, with no money; you cannot eat this way. At least buying it in the store. We ate good on the farm and my grandparents were not rich, nor middle class. In fact when they came to this country it was a hard existence. When I came along, things were better, but everything we ate was from the garden, from the home canning section of Grandma’s cupboard, or they made it themselves. Some items were bought of course, but most of it all was done by them. So if they could eat that way, I believe anyone could.
The most important aspect in all this is to find sources. We have a local source for fresh, grown, lamb. We have sources for fresh organic. We are finding more sources all the time. The picture on the right shows a website that emphasizes “Buy Fresh Buy Local”.
This is a “Buy Fresh Buy Local” ® chapters are coordinated nationally by FoodRoutes Network, LLC. The Website is here and this is an excerpt: Our chapter affiliates are connecting consumers in communities throughout the country to the freshest, most delicious locally grown and locally produced foods available. Through outreach education, fun events, festivals, farmers markets and by supporting local food system revitalization, our chapter members and chapter affiliates are hard at work expanding the availability and quality of locally grown and produced foods.
One of the best sources of the kinds of foods I am speaking about is not only your own Gardens, but Farmers Markets. Most of the known world has large markets each week where local products that are made, grown, raised, are sold in a common area. I found our Local chapter of another marketing association. It is the Wyoming Farmers Marketing association and is related to the “Buy Fresh Buy Local” I mentioned above. I searched for the chapter locally and found it on the site above. So I want to find a market, start a market, or just get info I have a local source for that to find what I want in the home grown food department.
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In this part of the country the part and parcel of it is Beef country. But also within that is pure Lamb, Mutton, and sheep country. Matter of fact the Johnson county war was over the range and was between the Cattle ranchers and incoming Sheep men. Today, the differences are resolved and there are very good locally sourced meats. These range from Lamb, Beef, Buffalo, and other meats. With the advent of the web, people can be touch world wide and if you need a product, they will ship it.
Cameron Ranch is another of these locally sourced producers and this one has “natural Wyoming grassfed beef and lamb. Here is what they say about themselves: “We have been in the ranching business for 30 years, first in the Hoback Basin south of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and more recently on the Wind River in the Riverton, Wyoming area. During that time we have raised cattle, sheep, horses, dogs and cats — and shared our lives with ranch guests.”
Another related local producer is Hecht Creek Ranch. On their site they give you this message: “Welcome to Hecht Creek
Ranch, nestled in the Centennial Valley against the backdrop of Sheep Mountain. A working ranch, the Hecht Creek Ranch is the headquarters for the Sigel family’s cattle, grassfed beef, and hunting businesses”.
Another interesting site that features a local farm environment is the Fort Causeway Farms.Here is what they say about themselves: “Kevin and Keri Schilthuis and their family moved to the property that would be Fort Causeway drawn by clean air, unspoiled mountain ranges and the chance to raise and train their children in a less urban environment. Settling into the middle of an alfalfa field in an army wall tent in the summer of ’07, the family started building and soon Fort Causeway evolved into a veritable concrete fortress.” You can put in your orders for the 2013 season which includes their pork, lamb, or beef.
Survival Sourcing Foods is an integral part of eating healthy. If you cannot grow it, you must find it somewhere. With the advent of the internet and UPS it is possible to find your sources of great locally available food. Many people cannot grow their own meat. There are those, including us who get a good portion of protein from vegetable sources. I recommend that you investigate this yourself. You can indeed eat and obtain all the nutrients you need from plant sources. However, I am not a vegan, but I do eat Tofu.
Well that’s another story for you; maybe I will write one on that while I am at it. Until next time; shalom and healthy eating. See Resource links below.2.
1Survival Sourcing Foods by WatchmanSowsSeed,
aka Dana G Smith
www.garden.warn-radio.com; Western Garden Survivalist
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