Eating Clean, Fresh and Local… A New Plan

Pastured, grass fed cows = happy beef.

As I have shared in another post, Matt and I have been doing our best to follow a Paleolithic eating framework for about over a year now. We have been able to get into a pretty good groove with what we buy and prepare at home, with some freebies and cheats here and there, of course (usually when we are out to eat). :)

The one thing that has been really bothering me about our diet is that we are buying regular meat from the grocery store. We try to get all natural or organic when we can, but sometimes the cost is just too high. And Matt has to have his bacon, no questions asked!

I am opposed to the factory farm system, and am not okay with supporting it through my purchases. I also know that local, pastured meat is much more ethically treated, and better for the environment. It is also healthier. If I am not eating grains in my diet, why would I want to eat grain-fed beef? It doesn’t make sense.

Last weekend I went to the West Nashville Farmer’s Market with a few friends, and found a farm called Peaceful Pastures that does a 6-month CSA for beef, poultry, pork, goat and lamb. So we are going to participate this summer! The cost is $675 for 6 months, and you receive 20-22 lbs each month. This comes out to around $100/month, which is doable for us on the food budget we have now. I am so excited!

So the new plan is as follows… for our meat we will participate in the CSA, and just plan our meals around what we receive each month in our share. For produce, I will stop by one of our local Farmer’s Markets once per week to pick up some fresh, seasonal items. My dad also just planted a big garden, so we will hopefully be reaping the rewards of that soon! For the staples and pantry items, we will hit up Costco once a month, and for the incidentals, we will go to Trader Joe’s and Kroger. (I have to have some dark chocolate in my life, and a few coconut milk products).  I am really excited about this new step in our eating habits, and I will keep you posted on how this plan works out!


  1. Donna says

    I share your excitement about finding an affordable place to buy pastured meat. I looked for quite a while before finding a local source, but the search was worth it for all of the reasons you outlined. Not only that, the meat is amazing.

  2. hilarybarnett says

    Donna, that’s great to hear! Can’t wait to enjoy it. I purchased some bacon and ground beef from them at the Farmer’s Market and it was amazing.

  3. says

    Thanks for sharing this, Hil! I’m seriously considering doing the half share! If so, we’ll have to exchange recipes! I have no idea how to cook lamb or goat –haha :)

    • Hilary says

      Ha! Yes, thankfully we haven’t received any lamb or goat yet- I would need to do some serious research to figure out how to make it taste good. :)


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