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This September (Yes, September. Better late than never, right?) I went on a Farm Bike Tour hosted by my college and farms in the area. My college is in the country, so there are actually a lot of farms around. Both of the town colleges even have their own farm that they use to supplement food in the cafeteria. It was a really fun and enlightening experience, even though it was raining.
The organizers of the tour offered free bikes and helmets to those participating, which was good since I don’t have a bike on campus. I actually don’t bike that much and didn’t think through the fact that I never bike and my town is filled with hills. It was a hard ride through the rain, but once again it was a really good experience.
We started at one of the college farms, then went downhill (a nice break) to a larger farm. They had organic vegetables, and pastured chickens and pigs.
The ride back up that hill was brutal, but everything was worth it at dinner. One of the farms hosted a dinner with AMAZING food from the farms in the area. A few features:
- Grass-fed beef sandwiches
- Roasted potatoes in pesto
- Quinoa, apple, and kale salad
- Pumpkin gnocchi
- Risotto cakes
- Carrot cake
- Apple crumble
Of course, we had to take a picture of what was the best meal I’ve had in a long time:
Not only did I have a great time and eat delicious food, but I learned a lot. For example, some of the chickens I met earlier will be sold to my college. All of the chicken in my cafeteria is pastured and all of the beef is grass-fed. Even the burgers and chicken breast in the grill line every day!
I also learned a lot about the local farms and companies who are focused on sustainability. It was a hard day, but an experience I would recommend to anyone. Even if there is not an event organized for the town, visit any farms around you to learn about where your local food comes from.
Have you done anything like this? What do you think of the farms in your area?
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