Did anybody ever eat Wheaties growing up? You know, the breakfast of champions. As a kid I use to think eating that kind of stuff made me healthier and stronger. And I've lived most of my life thinking I was eating healthy food when in fact I was not. I can remember thinking I was being so disciplined and healthy in college because I didn't eat desserts, but then I would eat 3 bowls of Captain Crunch for breakfast or eat Ramen Noodles with a slice of Velveeta cheese for supper and not bat an eye. I really thought I was doing good!
I still don't understand everything about nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle, but I do know that eating the things you grow is very healthy because you know exactly what has been used on the produce or put into the animals. The more I research the foods we Americans eat, the more I want to grow my own stuff. There is so much misinformation and deception among those who grow, manufacture and package our foods. Just because it says "organic" on the label doesn't mean it's healthy: organic sugar? The phrases "heart healthy", "whole wheat" & "free range chickens" that you see on labels are also misleading. For example, in order for the birds to be certified as "free range chickens" you only need to have a 10ft x 10ft fenced yard connected to the coop. There is no maximum number of chickens that can use that yard. Big chicken corporations can have a barn that holds 10,000 chickens with a little 10 x 10 yard next to it and call it "free range".
Even though my grandparents and parents always had a garden, I really didn't know much about growing and preserving my own food. My green thumb skills consisted of helping with the weeding and picking. But when we got married, I wanted to try my hand at planning and planting my own little garden plot. And each year my knowledge base grew by trial and error, mostly error! By the time we moved out to the country six years ago, I was ready to our enlarge the garden and expand into new territory...animals we could eat. We're still pretty new at this but we've had cows, pigs, goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens, donkey's, horses and cats. Not all to eat of course! It has been so rewarding and satisfying to eat the fruit of our labor. Here's a sample of one of the many different breakfasts we have here on the farm. And tell me if you think this tops a bowl of Wheaties for breakfast.
Our own farm fresh eggs (just look at how orange the yolks are! You won't find that in the grocery store!)
- Thick slabs of our homegrown bacon (THE best bacon you'll ever put in your mouth!)
- Freshly ground homemade whole wheat pitas with homemade wild plum jelly on the side (plums grown right here on our property)
- Salsa made fresh from our garden (to spoon on the eggs)
- Tall glass of icy cold fresh raw goats milk (I bet you can't tell the difference)
- Sweet delicious slices of our organic white flesh peaches (from our tree)
Now that's what I call a "Breakfast of Champions!"