welcome to my new blog!
a bad day for the local "farm-to-table" movement

usda beef recall

having just finished dinner, i must say, i'm about to get a case of indigestion. not from what i ate, but from a story i just read on the massive beef recall that's in the news.

coincidentally, i just cooked some certified organic, grass fed beef from a local north georgia farm named riverview. i was very pleased with both the tenderness and the subtle flavor and texture of the beef. it was quite different the typical grain fed beef that most of us are accustomed to. i feel especially good that i know where this beef came from. i can say that i have yet to pay a visit to the farm and i hope to do so in the next couple of weeks. i have known the farmers for a number of years, have enjoyed some of their heritage breed pork and always have enjoyed their organic vegetables. i truly believe that they are doing the right thing as far as their produce and meats are concerned. this is such a strong example and argument for buying from sources that are close to home and producing in a good, clean and fair way. how many times do we have to endure yet another problem in our food supply, this time 137 million pounds of beef, before we learn that mass produced, industrial farmed food is not the way.


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sounds like a plan marc, ciao!


I'm excited and looking forward to his plant as well. I think the ATL Slow Food group should go down for a tour when it is ready.


Thanks Marc,
I have indeed spoken with will harris. i'm a big fan of his and what he's doing. hopefully, when his processing plant is up and running this spring, we'll be serving it here at woodfire. Cheers!


I just heard about your blog being officially up and running. This is great.
I have been talking to numerous people about the beef recall. Typically what comes out of my mouth is "I don't have to worry about that. I know where my meat comes from 90% of the time."
Thank goodness we have local as well as national producers from which we can get quality, traceable foods.
Fortunately the recall has to do with poor slaughter practice and not E. coli or other similar problems...so far at least. Still, a downed cow is downed for a reason.
I don't know if you have spoken with Will Harris of White Oak Pastures but it is pleasing to know his stand on the slaughter of his grass fed organic cattle. Check out his site if you haven't already. http://www.whiteoakpastures.com
Will is just one of a growing number of quality cattle farmers. Hopefully they will always be around.
I look forward to reading more of your posts and coming in to the restaurant to check out the expanded small plates menu!!

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