I started to write this post as an add-on to the post I shared yesterday, but realized the subject is deserving of a little more time and consideration. I wanted to share an important event happening outside the city, hosted by Pastoral Plate. Pastoral Plate is a meat-buying collective based here in San Francisco, offering grass fed and pastured raised beef, lamb, pork and chicken. We have been Pastoral Plate members for the last two years, and order meat with them usually about once a month. I’ve mentioned Pastoral Plate many times here on the blog, but they have recently announced a new event that I am so incredibly eager to be a part of. On November 10th, Pastoral Plate members will be heading to Sebastopol together to harvest and slaughter our own chickens at Amber and Son chicken farm. You read that right, we’re getting ready to participate in a true farm-to-table experience, and I think this opportunity is incredibly important and valuable to all meat eaters. I can’t say I am excited to kill a chicken, but I can say that I think I need to know and experience this process. So many of us are so very, very disconnected from our food systems, and here in the Bay Area we are extremely fortunate to have easy access to locally grown produce, meat and dairy.
I care about the food I put into my body, but I also care about where it comes from, how it is grown, and how it arrives at our table. As a meat eater, I don’t want to be afraid to look at the food I eat, and I think truly understanding the whole food chain is an important journey, even though it isn’t easy. Tickets to this event are available online here. The day includes lunch as well as a butchery lesson (one of many lessons to be learned on the farm)! Intern and I have committed to participating in this event, and I plan to document the experience, and write about it here on the blog.