We are becoming a locally based home. Buying local meat, veggies/fruit I can’t grow and much more. This is only the beginning of our journey. If this sounds like something you want to follow along with go ahead and subscribe to my blog.
My husband and I have got lots of dreams for our family. If you’ve been following along you might have noticed…country living is a big dream for the future.
You do not have to live in the country to get the benefits of buying local food from the farmers.
Something I’ve been growing to understand more and more is the importance of shopping/buying local food.
This all flows with creating a homemade home. It’s a lifestyle choice and it’s about living a slower life and enjoying the life we create for our family. I binge watch people that post videos about homesteading. It has a big appeal to me. Some of my friends are doing that and homeschooling their kids. I have huge respect for them.
Here’s how we buy local:
Let me start with, why we started buying local? I’ve been on a health journey since college. I learned a long time ago how to shop smarter choices at the grocery store. It wasn’t enough, it was better, not enough. Now that we are passed having our children, which took a toll on my body, I can focus on my health. Not just my health but the health of my family as well.
I’m grateful we live in the abundant Fraser Valley.
From getting the harvest out of our garden this past summer and the changes I’m about to share, my health issues have drastically reduced. I’m having less “flair ups” as I call them. I’m still following up with my family Doctor. All I’ve ever gotten in the past is “your healthy and everything is clear” on the tests I’ve had done.
It’s important to become your own health advocate and pursue a healthy life.
We started buying local meat. A good friend of mine raises animals for meat. Here’s the link to Fellings Family Farms Facebook Page. Chatting with my husband, we decided to put a deposit on ½ a pig from their farm.
I Just got a call a few weeks ago from Lepps Farm Market that the pig was ready for pick up. Pictured below is pork chops in a mushroom sauce with green beans from our garden.
We have been loving making pork chops and ground pork for tacos. We ordered lots of bacon, what a difference in taste. It wasn’t wimpy bacon, that’s for sure. We are going to stretch that bacon over the year if we can. Let’s see how long it lasts.
What a difference this has made in our family already. I’ve learned we need a bigger freezer! It filled up our freezer. We will definitely be doing this again ordering meat from a local farm.
Tip: Make sure you save up for it and have room in your freezer!
I made homemade lard for the first time. I’m having fun experimenting with it. I saw that DIY Mommy Christina Dennis made this lovely fall snicker-doodles and it called for lard. I’m all for trying new things, so I made them! Here’s how they turned out.
I had fun setting up my serving tray with the Arbonne Detox tea, fall inspired mug and plating the snicker-doodles. FYI, this tea pot is made by a local pottery maker. I understand he doesn’t sell anymore but teaches now.
I always love to support local artisans and go to markets and browse the tables.
My husband is looking forward to pulling out him smoking supplies and making snacking sticks with some of the meat.
I can’t wait to update our favorite recipes in my recipe binder with local food. Plus try new recipes in the near future. It has to be local, homemade and farm fresh!
Again, this is only the beginning of our journey.
How about you?
Do you buy local?
If you live in the Fraser Valley which farms do you buy from?