Where Does Your Food Come From?
Knowing where your food came from is a very popular idea and topic on the web. This concept is great, and has helped many people realize the food they put into their body makes a difference. Based on the idea of letting people know where their food comes from, various stores are charging a large amount for their products and have grown quite large. There are pictures around the store of people who grow food and placards with information about the food. As great as these pictures are, the food is not from within thousands of miles of where the store is located; meaning the food is stored and preserved. So how do we really even know how much of the food actually comes from where the picture was taken?
Questions You Should Be Asking About Your Food.
Questions. Questions are the only way to solve where your food comes from. If you really are attempting to buy local, healthy food then the only way to know your food is to ask questions about it. You do not have to buy directly from the person who grows the food, but the person selling the food must know something about the food. If you are buying food at a local market, farmers market, or from someone who is claiming to be selling locally grown food, especially if it comes with some type of a certification such as organic, then how are you going to trust that person to be able to sell you the best products.
Learn the Varieties Of Food Available Locally.
The thing I deal most with is meat, specifically beef, so I know what I would want to know when buying meat, and a few questions to ask. There are a few different types of local beef, which are advertised. An overview of the different types of local been can be found here. (https://www.listyourharvest.com/blog/article/types-of-local-beef ).
Get The Details!
Once you decide the type of meat you would like and you find an advertisement for these products, there are a few things you should know. You will want to know the variety of beef that is being sold, make sure if it is a breed of cow which is grown for beef and is not an old milk cow that is being sold for meat. Ask the age of animal being advertised. Most animals, which are raised properly, are going to be right about two years old. If it is a lot older, the meat may be tough or it means the animal was not fed properly to develop as it should. It may have been an unhealthy animal, which does not necessarily mean it was sick, but may just mean that it did not have very nutritious food. Now there is one more thing that most people do not ask, and often makes a difference in the meat you will get. Does the butcher who processed the meat guarantee that the meat that is packaged for you is entirely from the animal you want to buy. I have fallen into this trap before. I bought some meat and it was not as good as what I normally got from this particular farmer. I later found out the butcher that had been used mixed the meat that was supposed to be organic with other beef when packaging the ground beef. All of these things impact the quality, health and satisfaction of the customer. Taking the time to answer all of these questions will mean you will get quality products so you will probably be paying for the high quality products. Remember to Eat Local and Be Healthy!