Everything in the pot, I produced on our acre, except the potatoes. I told the kids I am not able to do the potatoes because we do not have enough garden space yet. My daughter asked if if did the spices and I was able to say yes, even the herbs in the sauce.
This is rabbit. It is a white meat except the front legs. I find the front legs remind me more of dark meat. Farmed rabbits taste like organic chicken. At least that is what I think.
And turkeys in my shower. Sometimes I wonder what are we doing. Then I am reminded that all next winter my family is going to eat well. We on our little parcel of land have the potential to grow and produce our entire winters nutritional needs. A lot of people have told me that they like to think that their meat just comes on little styrofoam packages in the meat section of the grocery store. I have to admit my change came about when I seen the huge chicken breasts in the grocery store. I remember thinking what a great deal it was. Then my son made me watch a documentary called Food Inc. I have never purchased chicken breasts from the supermarket again.
The first few animals we processed and ate, we all ate in silence. I remember it was a process, one we had to come to terms with. I can honestly say that it gets easier. When you love and care for your animals, you have a deep sense of appreciation for what they provide you. You want to give them the best life possible. So we do. We pen raise or free range them.
We are also going to raise our turkeys this year. I would break out in hives from eating supermarket turkey. I had to stop eating it at family gatherings. I look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas. I will know exactly how my turkeys were raised, what they ate and how they were processed. I enjoy sharing our story as I think people can see how easy it is. We learned a lot over the years , made some mistakes and try something new each year.