I have a tremendous amount of respect for the farmers and purveyors who I source my meat from. I personally have developed relationships with these folk to understand intimately where our meat really comes from. Its shaped my philosophy about consuming as well as curing meat. I believe first and foremost we should be paying what the true price is for our meat–that is, understanding that we’re paying for life, to give life, and if the animal is raised with care and concern, and processed with the same attention, then it should come at premium to you, the consumer. Its part of the cycle of respect for life.
So much of what we consume arrives in a carton or styrofoam package, anonymous and detached from it’s lifesource. That’s why I’m delighted to share with you this short film by Sahar Sarshar about a recent visit I made to Truck Patch Farm in Carroll County, Maryland, run by a 5th generation farmer, Bryan Kerney. Bryan and I are good friends now and I count him also as a mentor and so thanks to Sahar and Bryan and everyone else who helped me tell this story.
You can also get Truck Patch Farm’s products at the Mt. Pleasant, U Street and Bloomingdale Farmer’s Market in DC, as well as the Baltimore Farmer’s Market on Saratoga St.