The Healthy Traditions Network has been developed with the intention of assisting you in your search for nutrient-dense foods. Our goal is to encourage our members to get to know the farmers growing their food and to build mutually supportive relationships. Buying locally allows you to have input with the farmers growing your food while it supports small family farming practices. Other benefits of buying locally include buying foods at their freshest and most ripe, with little nutrient loss due to transit time from farm to you. The financial resources used to purchase your foods stay within your community and support more ecological practices
Finding the type of food recommended by the Weston A. Price Foundation is the ideal for which we are striving. However, in reality, meeting all those standards may not be that easy to find at our local farms. By getting to know where your food comes from, you will be able to make informed choices allowing you to choose which standards are most important to you and are most closely embodied by the farms from which you choose to purchase. It is the responsibility of the consumer to verify the information at a farm where they intend to purchase their food.
YOU, as a consumer, are the bottom line in determining what quality of food is acceptable for your consumption, and YOU are also responsible for finding out how a farm produces its products. We strongly suggest that you visit the farm. The following are possible questions to ask a farmer about the products you are considering for purchase.
What products are available on your farm?
Where can your products be purchased?
(i.e., direct from farm, local stores, farmers’ markets, etc.) If sold at farmers’ markets, which one(s) and what is the season? (i.e., June-October)
What are your farming practices?
If not certified, are any of the following used on your farm?
How do you maintain soil fertility?
What is the breed of the animal?
What percentage of the time is the animal outdoors?
If pastured, how often is pasture rotated?
If commercial feed is used, is it GMO (genetically modified organism) free?
Are the animals fed soy?
Are animals grain finished?
If so, for what period of time?
Is it a closed herd?
If not, how are new animals added to the herd?
What types of treatment are used for sick animals?
WHERE ARE ANIMALS SLAUGHTERED AND PROCESSED?
How do I contact them for processing options?
Is the facility certified organic?
Are the slaughter practices considerate of the animals?
We hope these questions will be helpful in building quality relationships between consumers and quality food sources.