Why Cows want you to buy from Local Farms

Note:  I wrote a post similar to this in the morning and then decided it could be much funnier.  For that reason, I’ve re-written it.  I have complete control over this blog and can change it to entertain myself, but I do apologize if I’ve confused anyone.

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“I love your blog,” the pretty young teller said to me at the bank, much to my delight.  “I like how you update it regularly too.”

Uh oh.

I haven’t been doing such a good job lately, have I?  It’s not that I haven’t met people I want to write about.  I probably interview two people a week and they are now on a lovely, long list of future blog posts.

“Well,” you might say, just like the chickens, “what’s taking you so long?”

The answer?  Cows.

Colorado Springs Local Farm Larga Vista Ranch Cow Nose

Trust me, you would be behind too if a cow gave you an order at this range.

You see, cows have a powerful stake in the local farming economy.  If they are raised on a family farm, chances are they get to eat grass and have enough room to be themselves.  People are nice to them, some farms even plant special grasses for them and they have happy, peaceful lives.

I won’t discuss the horrors of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) or Factory Farming here, but you can understand why they feel so strongly about where you buy your food.

I spend a lot of time visiting farms so I can write about the vendors at the Colorado Farm and Art Market, the one local-only market in town (at least until July when Hunt or Gather’s Sunday market opens).  I also help the Arkansas Valley Organic Growers (a co-op of nine family farms near Pueblo CO) market their CSA shares.

Colorado Springs Local Farms Larga Vista Ranch Chickens

Chickens have a vested interest in the local farming economy too, but they are smaller and less likely to cause damage if they step on me.

Anyway, that brings us back to to why I’m behind on blog posts.  I’m spending all my time trying to please the cows.

So, look.  I’m going to give it to you straight.  I want you to buy a CSA share from AVOG and shop at the Colorado Farm and Art Market.  If you’re a regular reader, you know it’s not just because the cows demand it.  When you buy from your local farms you’re supporting the local economy, you’re keeping precious water rights with the farmland and you’re preserving a way of life that treats animals respectfully.

Colorado Springs Local Farms Larga Vista Ranch Cow Approaches

Cows told me to say that. But it’s all true.

I would say these things even if I wasn’t under pressure.  I’m personally acquainted with the farmers and have told you many of their stories.  Even if you buy from one of our other worthy Colorado farms you’re still doing a lot of good for our farm families and your family.  You can eat heartily, knowing every bite is good for all of us.

But that won’t stop me from posting these links again.  Those cows are big and I don’t want to make them mad.

Shop at the Colorado Farm and Art Market
Buy a CSA share from the Arkansas Valley Organic Growers

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