I had started down the slippery slope from decade-long vegetarian to semi-regular meat eater.
I gave up Beef-A-Roo sandwiches and all things meat sometime in high school. While it was a hassle then, especially for my family, it quickly became a way of life. In northern
I was offered a lot of salads when
I told folks I didn't eat meat. But, living with two other vegetarians made
life a lot easier. I fit right in when it came time for four years in an
extremely veggie-friendly college community. That's where I got my first
exposure to local foods- specifically local meat. Our college had a room
dedicated to cleaning wild game for Pete's sake! Minnesota
That college community is also where I met Farmer John. He introduced me to venison. After a trip home for hunting season (aka Thanksgiving) he came back with his bounty and cooked up some venison fajitas. The meat was organic, humanely raised, humanely killed and well…tasty. But, that was that, one meaty meal -not a change in lifestyle
Since then I’ve had to make choices about what I eat. I continue to stick to a primarily vegetarian diet, especially when not on the farm. However, when I know where and how the animal was raised, or the farmer that raised it, I’ll happily dig in.