Where Your Food Comes From

by doughmesstic on April 4, 2012

in Farming, Sponsored, Sponsored Giveaways

Do you ever think about it?  Meaning – where your food comes from?

No, I don’t mean Food Lion (though mine does, a lot of the time).  I mean, really comes from?

 

Where were your potatoes grown, and by whom?  Was the beef you’re eating from a healthy, humane farm? Did your salmon come from a safe waterway? We want and need the best for our families, right?  My son eats what I give him – I want it to nourish him, not harm him.  I want to know I’m doing my best for him.

I’ve been really lucky.  As a blogger, I’ve been invited to tour a variety of farms.  Egg farms, corn farms, cattle farms.  Later this month I’ll be touring dairy and veal farms, and in May, I’ll be in California touring fresh vegetable farms.  I’ve seen first hand what it takes to get your food from the farm to the table in both a small farm and a large commercial farm scenario, and I honestly THINK about it when I reach for a carton of eggs now, or when I am looking at the color of a steak in the meat cooler.  I understand what it took to get it to me in a timely, safe way.  Do you think about it?

As a country girl, gardening and small farming are no stranger to me.  I grew up on a back road in West Virginia where my grandparents there had a large garden, and my grandmother canned all summer long.  My grandfather kept hogs and my dad had a few head of cattle.  My aunt and uncle had a small farm with goats, chickens, and rabbits.  Food wasn’t wasted, it was preserved and enjoyed.  It brought our families together.  Every Sunday, my grandmother made lunch for everyone.  She had 7 kids, and they all had kids, so you can imagine the crowd in that small 6 room house.

It was the best.  Gosh, it makes me miss her and those days.  I’d love to have it all again, even the green beans that were always cooked to death and full of fat back.

Getting back to farming though (you know me and my tangents) -   Not too many people can grow their own food these days.  Time seems short, doesn’t it?  No one seems to have enough time, and gardening is a lot of work.  Just ask a farmer!

Farmers these days are incorporating technology into their worlds – things like GPS and Satellite Imagine assist them in producing the best crops they can.  Water technology, animal dieticians – you name it – is all being used to improve what the farmers can bring to the table.

My table, and yours.

So question where your food comes from.  You do eat it, after all.


U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance’s Resources for Information about Food and Food Production

In 2010, America’s farmers and ranchers founded the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) to start and lead an honest dialogue about American agriculture. USFRA has set the table for conversations with Americans to answer their questions about food and food production.

Find information, ask questions and get accurate answers.

 www.FoodDialogues.com

o “Learn About Your Food” videos – Check out videos that offer insight into questions being asked by real American consumers, and answers from real American farmers and ranchers. http://www.fooddialogues.com/learn-about-your-food

o Blog – Updated frequently, USFRA’s blog addresses topics such as defining the difference between organic milk and conventional milk production methods, timely responses to misinformation in the news and updates from guest bloggers who work each day to produce food. http://www.fooddialogues.com/blog/

· USFRA’s Facebook page – Join in the conversation. Provide your feedback on USFRA posts and ask your questions. You’ll get honest answers from farmers and ranchers and have the opportunity to share your viewpoint with other consumers on USFRA’s Facebook page, which boasts nearly 16,000 “likes” and an active forum of discussion every day.

· Twitter – Follow USFRA on Twitter to get the latest updates, highlights from food- and farming-panel discussions and links that provide information on food production. www.twitter.com/USFRA

Do you have questions or concerns about where YOUR food comes from?  I encourage you to ASK the FARMERS!  You can do so at FoodDialogues.com and on the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance Facebook page.  They answer!


Giveaway

How would you like to win a nice 6 quart Programmable CrockPot?  I can help you with that!  I’ve also got 2 designer reusable shoppers  from Envirosax to throw in…nice, huh?  To win, just tell me this – do you think about your food, or just toss it in the cart?  Leave me your answer in a comment, and you’ll be entered to win.

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Giveaway is open until April 10 at 11:59pm EST.  US addresses only, please.  ERV $68.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions stated are my own.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Leah @ Beyer Beware April 4, 2012 at 11:01 pm

I am so glad you are able to visit all of these farms. It is so sad how the media has misled the general person about what happens on farms. As a farmer’s wife and lifelong resident of the country, farmers are some of the most hardworking, sincere people, regardless of the size of their farms. Hope you enjoy your next visits!

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Kristin April 5, 2012 at 2:17 am

I absolutely think about my food. I really wish I could afford to buy more organic.

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Kaye Johnson April 5, 2012 at 6:55 am

I never use to think about where my food came from. Then I tried a diet for 21 days (3 to go) for Lent in which I focused on foods that were organic, whole grain, and from a food source I could trust. I am amazed at how much better I feel and how much better my body is functioning. True it costs a little more but I think it is worth it.

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Ann-Margaret April 5, 2012 at 8:47 am

I think more and more about where our food comes from now that we have a little one. The internet is such a blessing and a curse….I read so much about how bad processed foods are for adults, but more importantly, children. But finding the time to procure fresh, local ingredients and then finding even more time to experiment in the kitchen with said ingredients is so hard! Sometimes, I wonder if ignorance truly is bliss. However, I think I owe it to my sweet little angel to feed him good, wholesome food whenever possible. So if I must sacrifice some Pinterest time to invest time in feeding him better, than I shall do so! I just hope other parents are willing to do the same!

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Katie April 5, 2012 at 9:04 am

Kevin and I were just having a discussion yesterday about this… I said that after the whole pink slime controversy, I hoped that more people would be thinking long and hard about where the food comes from, and start thinking about less processed options. It’s one of the few times that I’m happy that I have to be so selective in what we eat due to the food allergies!

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Courtney McElhaney April 5, 2012 at 9:17 am

I don’t usually think about where my food comes from, but lately I’ve been going to the local farmer’s market and have realized just how much better things taste when we use ingredients we bought there. My boyfriend can’t get over how amazing homegrown cilantro is! It has definitely made me think more about where my food comes from.

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Kaitlin April 5, 2012 at 9:57 am

I’d love a programmable crock pot, mine has been acting up and getting much too hot recently. I DO think about where our food comes from. We raise a small flock of backyard chickens, and grow a substantial garden for the two of us. I’m always looking to get more local with our food sourcing.

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Casey April 5, 2012 at 10:11 am

As a farmer/rancher’s daughter, I definitely think about my food. Nothing better than home-grown beef from my family’s ranch!

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Kelster April 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm

I have never thought about it before. But now I definitely am going to think about it. A programmable crock pot? I’d love to win one! And those reusable bags are cute!

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Katie April 5, 2012 at 5:44 pm

I always think about my food before I buy it, sometimes too much so I think! Some of the things you can buy out there now are just so deceptive

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Michelle D April 5, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Sometimes I think about it but I’m just not sure what to do. I try to not always buy the cheapest thing but I’ve also heard so many stories about “just because it says it’s all natural or hormone free, doesn’t mean it really is” and I really don’t know. Sometimes I try organic but it’s just so expensive. I really need to work on the idea of no waste and then I wouldn’t mind spending the extra money knowing none of it would get tossed out! I miss the days of my granny’s “country cooking” too but it just seems that what she had isn’t as readily available……or maybe I just don’t know the right places to look ;)

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Jenny April 8, 2012 at 9:31 pm

I definitely try to stick with buying simple foods that are local and cook or bake myself.

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