Early in October I was blessed to be able to drive all over the state of Kansas with the Kansas Farm Bureau and the Kansas Soybean Commission. All expenses were covered but all opinions are my own.
On the Farm Food Tour we visit this town I used to live. It was nostalgic and I only had happy memories. I realized how special of a place it was and the “isolation” was really a safety bubble in an ever increasing evil world. I missed that small town.
I tell you this story because in all my experience of living in the city and living in the country I never had any experiences with farms or learning where my food came from. I realized someone was growing my vegetables, fruit and meat but I never went beyond those thoughts. On the Kansas Farm Food tour I was able to learn the answers to some food questions I didn’t even know had.
Here are some of the big lessons I learned driving across Kansas with 7 bloggers.
This was the most special aspect of the entire tour for me. There was a focus on the family at every stop and it warmed my heart. I love these family farms!
When talking to the famers whether it was regarding GMO’s or hormones in cows, they see a bigger picture, a greater good. Since I’m not involved in all of the hype over those topics I’m not very informed but it isn’t easy to miss all of the negativity surrounding the topics. It was very informative hearing from the farmers themselves the bigger picture. What was equally interesting was hearing facts about how much trace (or lack there of) of these items are actually in the food we eat. I think, as in most things, the media has given the public some misinformation.
I’m not going to go into those topics because I’m certainly no expert, nor am I very passionate about it, but the conversations with the farmers made me feel like the way I feed my family is fine and that works for me. The end.
I was especially impressed at the McCarty Dairy Farm. They are strict on cleanliness and the procedures with their production facility. They love their cows and treat them right. Their milk is tested 3 times before it hits the factory to be made into yogurt to make sure it is the highest quality.
I loved touring the Dairy. The baby cows were so cute. They loved the attention we were giving them. The daily life of the cows at McCarty dairy was a happy one with plenty of time to roam and eat.
On this trip I learned that Sorguhm is a grain that is naturally gluten free. We visited Nu-Life Market which is a company that makes Sorghum products. We were able to sit down and have a meal with the CEO that contained Sorguhm. They produce Sorguhm as flour, pearled- similar to rice and popped like little pop corn. It was so much fun to eat it in those three different ways. They provided us samples of the flour and pearled Sorguhm and I’m very excited about trying it with my family.
I’m grateful that others are willing to work incredibly hard, long, continuous hours for my family so we can have good food; so we can go out to eat and get good food. To all the farmers across Kansas, especially the ones we visited a huge THANK YOU for your service, dedication and commitment to farming.
Cal-Ann Farms (hydroponic basil farm)
Good Farms (Pig farm)