Five years ago, if anyone had said.. you secretly want to be a farmer when you grow up (and I use the term ‘grow up’ rather loosely because I’m 31).. I would have laughed so long and hard that I’d lose consciousness from lack of air. God, how things change as you get older!
Anyone who reads my blog may have picked up on my extremely controlling tendencies with regards to food consumption. I like being able to make my own cheese, tortillas, yogurt, butter, pasta, etc.. I’m starting to get into curing meats lately.. and I love love love the fact that I can grow my own herbs.
Really the only missing piece to this organic goodness trifecta is the sourcing since I know what to do with it once I have it.
So being the problem solver that I am, I thought to myself… hmm.. how can I have even more control? The next step is directly buying from farms.. or farming yourself.
I realized just how much I would enjoy that. I’m talking a small plot of land, maybe a cow or two, some chickens, a goat.. a place to plant some veggies. Nothing insane that would require me to get a combine harvester.. but enough to feed my family and maybe some to give to local food banks.
I don’t think I’d do well with the animal slaughter part, so I’d probably have to outsource that part somehow.
I’d probably be really into preserving too, if I had but the space to store things. I love my apartment, but it feels pocket-sized in terms of storage.
I understand now, in a way that I didn’t really before.. the idea of being satisfied to put something great out into the world that truly nurtures. Sorry if I sound like a hippie. 😀
Anyway, it’s all in the very early stages (like wishing and thinking about it) so I’m sure it will all become more clear as time passes.
During the week, I am tired and cranky when I get home so I’m going to save up my fancy dinner posting until such time as I’m not feeling like a moody bitch. (This will probably be the weekend, so expect a couple!)
On tap for the weekend:
1) Curing some bacon.. or starting that process (eep! so excited for this!!)
2) Making some butter (also exciting because immediately following successful preparation of butter there will be some butter poaching of something. I don’t know what yet. )
More details and numerous pictures to follow!