We were down to our last 3 pounds of grass-fed ground beef. Imagine! After Steve’s round trip to New Richland this week, for a beef hand off, we are now well situated with ground beef and roasts for sale and for use in Peacemeals. To celebrate, a beef steak & cheese sandwich is on the newest menu rendition!
It is a complicated tale of regulations between the state and the federal government for consumer protection in food safety dating back more than a century. Rules were revised over time for good reason, I’m sure. The main issue is when rules become so burdensome that all players leave the field! In southwest Minnesota there aren’t many choices – a meat desert for chefs who would like to support local farmers. Meat lockers must have a federal meat inspector on site full time or be able to qualify as an “equal to” site.
It was an “equal to” meat locker……otherwise no meat with the current affairs of state!
We keep toodling along…..farm shares this week will consist of a salad mix, onions, frozen berries or veggies, and choices of either: carrots, beets potatoes or cabbage. The last two products, potatoes and cabbage, are Minnesota grown since our crops were flop doodles. Grrrr 🙂