New Recalls Make Me Grateful to Eat Local

Posted August 16th, 2011 by Aimee in Food, Green, Health

On my commute into work the other day, I heard yet another report about food recalls due to salmonella, Listeria, insert scary-sounding word. It was another story in what seems to be regular “breaking” news these days. Eggs. Chicken. Turkey.

I listened with interest, of course. How can a mom help but listen for a brand, a packing plant, a grocery store, that might match up with what’s in her family’s fridge, soon to be eaten by young children?

But then I remembered, with (I will admit) a bit of smug pride, that I didn’t have to worry. We get all our meat, milk and eggs delivered from a small local farm. There was no need for me to wonder if the brand I bought was possibly packaged in the plant in question because I know the exact source of these food products. I can take my kids to see the free-roaming bug-eating chickens who produce our eggs. They can bottle-feed the calves who will later produce their milk.

Yes, it’s admittedly a bit more expensive than the bulk purchases we could pick up at the grocery store. But we make up for that hit on our very tight grocery budget by eating less meat and more vegetarian meals. And for me, the adorable glass bottles and peace of mind — not to mention the truly delicious products — are definitely worth it.

Aimee blogs about life with her boys at Smiling Mama and about family-friendly activities in Prince George’s County, MD, at Out by Ten.

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2 Responses to “New Recalls Make Me Grateful to Eat Local”

  1. Amy

    I feel the same way. Do you get everything from the CSA? We still get all of our beef and sausages from our CSA, but I’ve been buying the “Greenwise-Organic” chicken from Publix because it’s cheaper. And if I want to do something with ground chicken or ground turkey, there’s not really a CSA or organic option. Have you cut out ground chicken/turkey from your dinners?

    • aimee @ smilingmama

      Hi Amy! We get our meat, milk, eggs, etc delivered from South Mountain Creamery and they do have ground turkey (both dark and white meat options) so we use that a lot. I bet they deliver to your area, too!