Grass-Fed Farming

Sebastian went out to visit his grandparents this weekend and then we all went out to an organic grass-fed farm, called Mini Mac. What a thrill for our little boy. I didn’t expect him to react the way he did when he saw goats on the farm. He just started giggling like crazy. I love being outdoors with the boy and he clearly responds well to yummy goats.

Mini Mac is a farm bought a few years ago by a husband and wife team, who just wanted to live off the land. Bill and Helen McLaughlin bought it for themselves, with no intention to sell any products, but soon people were leaving notes in their mailbox and leaving messages on their phone seeking a purchase of a half of a cow and grass-fed meat. Now, that the paleo lifestyle is becoming a popular way of life and people are becoming more concerned with knowing what they are truly eating, it only makes sense that the farm grew fast. The husband and wife team quickly learned how to do everything with their animals, eventually bought more, got into a co-op of farms and found a processing plant that met with their standards.

There are so many fun foods to try on the farm. This time, we got brisket, rabbit sausages and pork tenderloin. Helen always lets us know about some new thing she has in stock or sometimes tells us about something exciting that she just ran out of. She is open and willing to share what she learned, which just makes me love this farm more. Nothing is hidden, you can go look at the animals, see how wonderfully they are treated, see how clean the food is, ask anything and you will always get an honest answer.

Everything I experienced on this farm, I loved. The owners are extremely innovative. They have so many new projects going on, including a pizza pie project, which is an educational tool for school children, and will be done by the end of July. The hope is to have a circular shape and slices of pizza and each slice will have a different farm animal or plant that helps you see how the farmland helps make your pizza. Anything growing in the land or eating the plants on the land makes up your pizza! This weekend, I learned that pigs will be one slice (the pepperoni) and goats on another (the cheese). You’ll be able to walk around the pizza. How amazing is that?! (And, YES, I will definitely go back an take photos of that and post them on here!)

I’ve often thought about these “crazy” ideas of buying a farm or living in some small town in Alaska or out near a fjord in Norway and having a simpler life (ok, not so simple, if you consider having to deal with the USDA), leaving all the processed foods and things behind. The Mini Mac people did it and it wasn’t so crazy, after all. Sometimes, there’s something to be said to doing what your heart….and health desire.

I am not yet 100% committed to the paleo lifestyle, but I try my best to follow along (when my weakness for french fries and chocolate covered hazelnuts does not take over)! Hubby loves this new lifestyle and the food that he gets to eat and I love the byproduct of eating some of the new foods he buys. And, I’m sure Sebastian loves them in the breast milk!

My very first experience a few years ago with a 100% grassfed hamburger was pretty awful, so when I started listening to the Angelo Coppola podcasts and watching as Ray consumed articles and books on Paleo, I was sure that I wouldn’t like it; however, I was wrong. I tried various meats from what Fresh Direct offers to US Wellness to Mini Mac Farms and adore the food. Recently, I made some beef patties and they were delicious. Perhaps, it’s just a matter of cooking it right, as I did last week. Mniam, mniam!

 

6 comments
Katy
Katy

This is so neat! Apparently there is a working farm or two in London and you're inspiring me to get out there and see them. I would like to get on grass-fed high quality meats but I confess that I just haven't been cooking as much since I've been busy with work. It is a struggle just to make sure I eat enough meat and veggies, so I am not currently focused on if they're organic or where they are sourced from. That is my next health task. Would love to hear an update on how Ray is feeling after the change in diet. It would have been a big one for a vegetarian! Looks like you're all doing really well! Keep blogging! I love the photos and hearing about how you're all doing.

Dominika
Dominika

It was so easy to write about the awesomeness of your farm. I can't wait to go back and keep teaching Sebastian the importance of high quality farming and, of course, enjoy his giggles as he feeds the goats.

Helen McLaughlin
Helen McLaughlin

Thank you so much for your kind words. You brought tears to my eyes. We are thrilled that you enjoy visiting our animals and eating our delicious, wholesome foods. We are working hard to open our pizza farm which will truly be a wonderful demonstration of how important farmers are to our community. Thank you for your support!

Sarah
Sarah

He is so cute looking at the goats! I do love that you're more mindful of where your food is coming from. I'm really struggling with which food path to take - vegetarian, vegan, paleo, high protein...sheesh! I really want to commit and feel healthier than I do right now but so much conflicting information is out there.