Cook up a Little Sunshine
Our second-to-last Noho Winter Market is this coming Saturday, March 2nd. If you’re needing a late winter pick-me-up, be sure to come for the Seed & Book Swap happening at market that day and grab some organic herbal tea grown by our friends and neighbors at Foxtrot Farm, who will also be vending on Saturday. We’ll be bringing eggs along with a wide selection of frozen meats (lamb, beef, and pork). If you’d like us to bring a certain cut in a particular size, we encourage you to get in touch with us via email before Friday at 7pm so we can be sure to pack it up and reserve it for you.
Whether you’re planning an intimate dinner or a typical weeknight meal, we’ve got you covered. Steaks and chops for a quick sear to perfection, or shoulders and shanks you can pop in the slow cooker and come home to falling off the bone, or even that Easter ham or leg of lamb—it doesn’t have to be difficult! As avid home chefs, we have experience cooking just about all of the cuts we sell and are happy to share tips and tricks. No need to feel intimidated, though we do find that a good digital meat thermometer helps when not slow cooking.
We strongly believe that food is medicine, and we strive to provide that medicine in the form of extremely nutrient dense fats and proteins from pasture-raised, organically fed animals treated with love and respect. The meat, fat, and organs from healthy animals raised outside on subsequently healthy pastures tout incredible health benefits including a good ratio of omega 3 fatty acids and higher levels of vitamins A, D, E, K, B6, and B12. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are all fat-soluble. With low-fat, high carbohydrate diets being held in such high esteem for the last 60+ years, it’s no wonder our health is failing. Vitamins A and D are essential when it comes to absorbing the minerals in our diet. And while retinol (vitamin A) can be converted in the body from plant sources (carotenes), this process takes several enzymes and much more energy than when consumed directly from animal sources. Of course, we all know our skin produces vitamin D when exposed to direct sunlight, but in these dark and cold days of winter, food sources are more reliable. Not to mention, if you cover up with sunscreen or have higher levels of melanin, your skin won’t be able to convert sunlight into vitamin D.
While some people turn to supplements, it’s important to note that most of these capsules contain versions of these essential nutrients that our bodies are not actually able to use—they’re flushed down the toilet along with the money spent on them! Some even block the absorption of the true vitamins we ingest. So instead of buying a multivitamin from the supermarket, source them from local farmers! Liver is, hands down, the best source of vitamin A, and while we know many people turn up their noses at the flavor and texture, it doesn’t take much to reap the benefits. If you’re not so keen on liver, try having it blended into ground meat. Vitamin D, on the other hand, is most plentiful in fatty fish like salmon—wild-caught, of course. A much more local option here in New England is something our great-great grandmothers trusted well: lard! According to a study by the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF), one tablespoon of lard from pasture-raised pigs contains 5,000-10,000 IU Vitamin D! To put that in perspective, most studies recommend at least 600 IU per day. It’s no wonder we love pork so much.
We empower you to take control of your health by taking control of your food. Know what’s in it, or not in it, where it came from, and embrace eating with intention. Break the sugar addiction so endemic in our culture. Turn away from vegetable oils and refined carbohydrates while embracing traditional fats as stable and nourishing fuel sources. Enjoy simple, decadent foods like pâté, braised lamb shanks, rich custards… We swear, these things aren’t hard to make! We know this may seem to some like a huge shift, but it is an essential one if we wish to reclaim our wellbeing.
For more information on traditional, nutrient-dense foods and the health benefits associated with them, we recommend you check out the plentiful articles on the WAPF website at https://www.westonaprice.org/