While texting with my good friend, Vicky tonight, she emailed me a recipe for homemade orange creamsicles. Uh…YUM. I was like, yes, totally making these with the Littles– until I saw that the recipe called for eggs and cream. Which, hello, they say CREAM in the title but sometimes I don’t process the dairy factor until I read the ingredients. Weird, I know.
Since completing our 10 day juice fast, J and I have been eating a more plant based diet. This is the part where I give you full disclosure and say that I try to eat a mostly plant based diet. There are times when convenience and money plays a factor. And there are also times when we are out and I forget to ask about things like bread– is it vegan bread? Not to mention that sometimes, well sometimes, I take the Littles to McDonald’s because they ask and get all brown eyed puppy dog like and I just.can’t.say.no. All in all, it’s a learning process– one that is slow going as I discover more and more things I need to eliminate or seek substitutions for.
I texted Vicky about the egg thing and she said that she was lucky enough to have several farmer’s markets available to her in San Diego. I responded that I envied her that. There are a few markets about an hours drive from here and that makes for a nice weekend trip with the fam but then it also becomes a drag to drive that far with two kids. Who are four. Who like to do that whole, “Are we there yet-she’s touching me-WAHHHHHHHHH-I’m hungry-I need to use the bathroom-ARE WE THERE YET?” Yeah, that gets old, real fast.
For a while we went to the Dallas Farmer’s Market, until I heard that the vendors receive their produce from around the country just like grocery stores. They re-sell refrigerated produce and items that are grown out of season as to meet the year round demands.
Or so I thought.
Turns out, after doing some research, i.e. reading their website, they have one shed committed to local farmers only. These farmers must grow their produce within a 150 mile radius to receive the distinction. This bit of knowledge changes EVERYTHING. If I can go to the Dallas Farmer’s Market once a week, just like a making a grocery store trip, and purchase locally grown produce– yeah– I will be one happy camper.
But this brings up a larger issue for me. Say the local vendors shed has organic fresh eggs for sale? What to do then? My biggest problem with eggs and cheese are they way they are gathered and produced, respectively in this country. It’s not so much I am against eating eggs and cheese because of the animal protiens, although that does play a part, it’s mainly because of the horrible living conditions these poor animals are put through. If you want to see a glimpse, please watch Food, Inc. (Warning– it can be graphic.)
Will I change my stance now if I know I can get local fresh eggs from farmers that let their chickens graze freely? That let them have fresh air and grass and do not set a production quota? Will I re-admit cheese into our refrigerator if I find a local and organic supplier? These are all things I do not know the answer too. I do know that I miss the convenience of both cheese and eggs when I am cooking. We’ve gotten along fine without them for a while but I won’t lie. It would be nice to make recipes like those creamsicles every once in a while.
Are you a plant based eater?
How do you feel about eggs and cheese?
PS– I admit it. I was wrong about the Dallas Farmer’s Market and I will be making a trip to the Market this week to see for myself about their selection and prices.
PPS- I LOVE this Top Ten Reasons To Buy From A Verified Local Farmer. Love it with me.