The Road from Farm to Table

Self Sustainable. Organic. Farm to Table. Appealing words— admirable concepts. But  we seldom consider what it entails to bring such belief systems to fruition; how we navigate the road from farm…to table.

Farmer Chris and Sous Chef Adam on Machete Duty

Farmer Chris and Sous Chef Adam on Machete Duty

This week at Rancho Santana’s chicken facility our farm and kitchen staff walked that path.

Felipe and Omar Plucking

Felipe and Omar Plucking

Melky and Justin Butchering

Melky and Justin Butchering

Hen to plate.

Sautéed Chicken Liver with Radish, Fennel Frond Salad

Sautéed Chicken Liver with Radish, Fennel Frond Salad

The next generation.

The next geration

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10 thoughts on “The Road from Farm to Table

  1. It’s easy to turn a blind eye to where you food comes from but its educational and will make me feel a little guilty when eating any meat based product.

    • There are so many options now in the states to support good animal practices, and because the prices are higher, it helps us eat less meat! 🙂

  2. It’s important to know where our food comes from. I’m a vegetarian but there’s still much I’m learning about the conditions of hen laying eggs, vegetable farming and such.

    • Absolutely Letizia, an area that is often not thought of is the conditions and ultimate fates of the dairy cattle who produce our lactose products. Also an important place to practice human husbandry.

  3. I have to laugh at the people who stand up for animal rights and then gobble up their entree. I recently had someone get on me about photos of fish I caught and then told me it was much easier to go the the market to buy the same type of fish I worked so hard for.

    We were given dominion over the bounties of the Earth and the responsibility to take care of how we accomplish this dominion

    • Well Im sure your fish preferred being in the ocean until the moment of his death rather than carted around on a boat in a huge pile of gasping fish as the one in the supermarket!

  4. I grew up without knowing where real food came from. It was a wildly popular era for frozen dinners and fast food, so that’s what I ate a lot of as a kid.

    About 7 years ago, we got serious about food and switched to organic and local (whenever possible). Mr. H and I have seen ridiculous results since the change. We hardly ever get sick and we just feel better overall.

    Food is medicine and it’s sad how many do not understand the concept.

    • Yes! and it can be poison too, which is pretty obvious many do not understand. So glad to here you and Mr.H are benefiting from your wisdom and caring.

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