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Another trip to Family Friendly Farm

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

So, as mentioned previously, I’ve quit eating confinement-raised animals this year. And as also previously mentioned, I’ve been buying chicken from Family Friendly Farm over near Oriole, MO. This spring I put in an order and put down a deposit on 30 chickens, half a hog, and a turkey. Yesterday was the first day I was scheduled to pick up some of the chickens, so I drove to Oriole with a cooler or two, and pulled up at the farm.

First thing I saw were the puppies — their dog had a litter early in the spring, and they’re trying to sell pups. We don’t need another dog.

Puppies at Family Friendly Farm

Although I must admit the mother does a great job of watching over chickens, etc.

Anyway, after I’d parked, Matt came out and we went to his processing shed, where I helped him bag 15 chickens. They’d slaughtered them on Friday morning. Matt tells me they had five people working, and killed, gutted, plucked, and iced down 350 chickens in a morning. I had planned to come then, as Matt said I could have as many chicken livers as I wanted for free if I would fish them out myself, but I had to teach a workshop and couldn’t make it.

Anyway, I got my chickens ($2.10 a pound, including the discounts for pre-ordering and picking up on scheduled day), and loaded them in the car. On the way out I took a few pics of the newest batch of chicks, now about 2 or 3 weeks old.

Chicks at Family Friendly Farm

Yeah, they’re awfully cute, and here I’m planning to eat them.  Still, they are running around loose in a nice grassy place, so I think it’s ethically preferable.  My friend Sarah, who is a vegan, says my current eating habits are worse than just buying Wal-Mart chickens that have been raised in boxes, because I’m just trying to assuage my conscience.  I say she’s killing defenseless plants all the time, and it’s just kingdom chauvinism.

I took my chickens home and froze 4 of them whole for roasting later.  The other 11 I cut up and froze in bags of sorted pieces — boneless skinless breasts, thighs, drumsticks, a big bag of wings, and several large bags of backs, necks, and bones for making stock.   Tonight we’re going to have Hannah’s favorite, chicken puff pastry.

Most groovier-than-thou meal ever

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

As I’ve mentioned earlier, I’m trying to give up meat from animals raised inhumanely. I’d already been buying eggs from Family Friendly Farms, aka my colleague Matt Fasnacht in the Chemistry department. I’d heard he also sold chickens to eat, and I finally got around to asking him about this. Turns out that they not only sell chickens, but also pork.  So today I rode my bike over to the farm (about 28 miles round trip) and bought a chicken (4.something pounds at $2.60/lb), some boneless pork chops ($4.50 a pound) and a pound of bacon. Expensive, I’ll grant, which is why we’re just not eating as much meat now.
Family Friendly Farm

This is the farm, and the chickens you see here are the ones that lay the eggs.  I found myself wanting to yell “Resistance is futile! You will be assimilated!”, although really I’m unlikely to eat these particular ones — too old.  I am eating their potential children, though. In fact I had two this morning, with toast.

I’m now thawing the (young) chicken that I bought today, which I intend to roast tomorrow.  I was thinking about this, and I think that this chicken will be the first meat (other than fish) that I’ve ever eaten that has never been transported anywhere using fossil fuels.  I should ask Matt — maybe they buy chicks that have been transported from somewhere, although I kind of doubt it.