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Eating Locally

February 19th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in General

beefOn Sunday, a California meat company issued the largest beef recall in US history, which provides us with an important opportunity to raise awareness of Slow Food and the atrocities of CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations). Hopefully, the Slow Food movement can turn a lot of people on to eating the healthy, humanely raised meat grown by our local farmers.

You can find locally produced meats at Local Harvest Grocery on Morganford in Tower Grove. Whole Foods carries some locally produced meats, and Sappington Farmers’ Market is now owned by a Missouri Farmers’ Coop. And there are still farmers’ markets taking place, where you can purchase directly from the farmer. This Saturday, the Maplewood Winter Market takes place at Schlafly Bottleworks from 9 am to 1 pm, and Farrar Out Farm and Greenwood Farms deliver monthly to the Kirkwood Farmers’ Market. Make sure to check out our awesome database of farmers here on the Slow Food St. Louis website. It’s only a start and is still so impressive, thanks to member hard work and devotion. Many farmers welcome customers to come out to the farm or have a nearby farmstand.

This meat produced by small, local farmers is incomparable in flavor and infinitely more healthful—not just because it’s not going to have E coli or mad cow disease, but because it’s raised naturally and offers more nutrition than industrial meat. For more info on this, read Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma or Nina Planck’s Real Food. And here’s a little article from Nina’ website to whet your appetite: http://www.ninaplanck.com/index.php?article=pork_redeemed

On the cover of the Post-Dispatch today is an article on CSAs and the new non-profit Fair Shares, a combined CSA from Slow Food St Louis co-leader Sara Hale and her sister Jamie Choler. This is prime timing for people who have just been introduced to the horrors of the industrial meat industry. You can read the article online.

Visit http://www.fairshares.org to learn about Fair Shares, and listen in tonight on KDHX, FM88.1, from 7:30 to 8:00 as Sara and Jamie discuss Fair Shares and the local food scene. To learn more about other CSAs in the area, visit http://www.localharvest.org.

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