Archive for November, 2008

Seasons change. So do I. C’est fini.

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

The Boulder Farmer’s Market closed today, and with it so does bcofresh, at least for the time being.

There’s a pleasing symmetry, as the first post was made on opening day, 4 April 2008. It said:

“The idea behind this blog is simple: choose a main ingredient from the Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning, decide how to cook a dish with it, and report on the results here. From BCO, fresh, every week.”

For the most part the goal was met, and it’s been an intresting project. Check back in the spring, who knows what might happen next?

Grass fed. The next adventure. I cowpool.

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

I’ve joined a cowpooling venture: with six others I’m the proud owner of the meat from a grass-fed steer that was raised without antibiotics, synthetic growth hormones, or feed animal byproducts at the foot of the Sangre de Cristos in Southern Colorado. Butchered and wrapped my share is 52 lbs., which looks surprisingly smaller than I expected it to. A lot (25 lbs.) is hamburger and stew meat, but the rest is an interesting selection of familiar and not-so familiar cuts. This exercise in good taste has necessitated the purchase of a small chest freezer that is now also stocked with Wisdom’s chicken and quite a lot of peeled green chiles.

This sounds like a lot of beef, but according to the Humane Society the average American in 2007 consumed 222 lbs. of meat, of which 66 lbs. were beef. This is up from 144 lbs./44 lbs. in 1950, which is both surprising and disturbing.

I did this for both health and sustainability reasons, and my hope is to eat less, but better, meat than before. We shall see, but mindfulness is the first step.

Sources

Oswald Cattle Company