Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A Sunday Road Trip to a Farm Reminds Us Why We Choose Local


No recipe today, just a story that will live in our hearts and memories for a long time to come.

On Sunday afternoon, our family took a road trip to Windcrest Dairy, a farm located about 45 minutes outside of downtown St. Louis. We are quite fond of the yogurt that this dairy produces so when Kurt the farmer invited us to come visit the farm we jumped at the chance.

The tour started with a glimpse into where the milk is processed and how the yogurt is made. 

We then took a walk to meet ‘the ladies” some of which were in the maternity ward about to give birth, 
this gal is huge- definitely very preggo!
others were getting their fill of wholesome feed, all of which is grown on the premises.
ya gotta wonder what she is thinking staring right at me!
And this little gal was having a ball running circles around us.

I wanted to take this one home!
The highlight of our visit had to be our kids getting the chance to hand milk one of the cows.

Visiting the farm was such a great experience for all of us. Meeting the people that care for animals that provide us nourishment was humbling and moving. The trip was a terrific reminder of the effort and dedication that goes into running a small family farm.

Being committed to eating locally whenever possible supports our local economy and individuals such as Kurt and his family. It provides the opportunity to chat with the people that feed us and ask questions, and helps us gain a deeper connection to where our foods originate. It limits the miles our foods travel therefore minimizing the environmental impact. And certainly, it allows for fresh, just off-the-farm food so it often tastes better!

If you are a fellow urban dweller, I encourage you to think globally, eat locally and take a trip to visit a farm as soon as you can. And please share your stories if you do!

until next time...

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3 comments:

  1. hi,
    I just saw your comment on the PD article on the dairy. My husband and I went out there a few months ago. It was a fun trip, and their yogurt is outstanding!

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    1. I could not agree more- they make a terrific yogurt! Anyone in the MO/IL area, this dairy farm welcomes visitors- it is really worth the trip!

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