A little more than a year ago, I made the switch to organic dairy for my family. I also made the switch to making more homemade food items and chucking the majority of boxed or canned foods. Whole, real foods came into play as did a lot more locally grown foods.
Are you wondering what any of this has to do with cowboys? Well, honestly, a lot.
I watch a lot of cooking shows, The Pioneer Woman being one of them. In the intro to the show, she talks about her food needing to pass the taste test of cowboys… After all her husband is one.
Cowboys need hearty, good food. They need rib-sticking food, something that will keep them full and keeps them going from pre-dawn until dusk. It’s a physical job. And the best food for this is homemade, mostly from scratch, very little processed ingredients…
But this affects me in that I have started buying local beef from local ranches. I buy local dairy now from some of those same local ranches or from other dairy farms. I am supporting them and their way of life, keeping them going, keeping them in what for most of them are family businesses. Yes, the beef is more expensive. Yes, the dairy is more expensive. But the quality, the taste, the fact that I am supporting my local community is worth it. I buy local vegetables, local fruit, local honey and jams and molasses. These farmers, cottage industry farms, family run and own ranches… I love them. They help my family eat better, eat a larger variety of foods, eat closer to home.
I am currently writing a book titled The Frosted Cowboy in which the hero uses local dairy products in his cupcakes. It’s important to him. The taste, the small batch, hand crafted products.
It’s important to me, too.