That is my favorite Christmas song! When the population left the land for city living they also left behind their connection to the earth. Most people now have no idea where their food comes from or what it takes to get it to them. I have to admit grocery stores seem to be in some sort of magical realm providing all the foods you can imagine, as long as you possess the coin of the realm. I know what I’m talking about because I too grew up in the city and was oblivious to what went on in the countryside.
When the more modern belief systems replaced what is often referred to as paganism, all reverence for the earth and nature was replaced with the worship of a deity. Sometimes this deity was just the head of state and then finally a mystical figure that much of the world calls God. That left a world that became viewed as merely a vessel to hold humans until some prophecy or other took us away or transformed the planet.
The idea that our planet is not just a rock in space but a living organism that sustains us was lost and so there is no need to care for it as if it could be hurt or injured, poisoned or depleted. Some people began to preach the idea that we are not even part of this world: “we are in the world, not of the world”. It is no more than a cosmic bus station that we are forced to pass through on our way to something better.
I feel so fortunate to have been able to break away from the thought control that dictated my way of thinking before we came to the land. Having been there, in the frame of mind that did not allow for other possibilities, I understand that it’s not enough to bring facts and artifacts to others and say you’ve been deceived. As Morphius said in The Matrix, “you have to see it for yourself”.
There is no better time than in the bleak mid-winter to reconnect with those life forces that sustained us long before emperors became gods and church dogma told us how to think about one another and the world we all live in. Even the high holy days follow the seasons.
A friend was helping us with our new pet food business; she picked up some chicken for us from a different source when our primary supplier ran out. She kept some of the chicken for herself and began to grind it for her dogs. Immediately she noticed that it was not the same as what she had been getting from me. What we had been supplying her and other customers with was generally farm raised birds that enjoyed at least some time ranging on pasture while the new chicken was from a factory farm. These birds probably spent no time outdoors and didn’t move around much. I won’t even go into what they were being fed.
What she ended up with was chicken mush, like ham salad she said. What she was used to had actual texture, a very different feel and appearance than this new stuff. I told her she now had first hand experience with the difference between the chicken you buy at the grocery store and that grown on real farms.
I spoke to my processor about it as he too was now preparing this chicken for me until he had more of the good stuff. We talked about how some of his customers commented on how his chicken was tough, that is, the chicken that people bought for themselves was not the same as what was at the local grocery. The chicken at the grocery is the same factory farm chicken we were now processing for pet food; we use the pieces that most people here do not like.
My processor was not trained like most of us to eat factory farm chicken as he came from a family that grew much of their own food. I have to be careful when selling our pastured poultry to people who have never had food that did not come from a factory. Most people like the idea of heritage breed animals, raised naturally without chemicals, and they expect the end product to be different than what they normally find at the grocery but they are not really prepared for it. Most aren’t even sure how to cook it. When you add the higher cost of this food to the equation many people will just not bother with it and console themselves with a few locally grown organic vegetables.
We are offering a special savings on lambs now thru September or until we are out of stock. Whole lambs are now $1.99/lb live weight. This does not include processing. Contact us for more details.