To get a headstart for next month's Local Food Challenge, I biked to the Farmers' Market today with the goal of buying local veggies. Well, that was the plan. Instead of buying veggies, however, I bought organic milk from Susan Siemers, who purchased this milk from Traders Point Creamery, which is Indiana's only processor of organic milk located in Zionsville, IN.
So far, so good. The cows are grass-fed and the milk is produced without using chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, synthetic hormones or antibiotics. And it's as close to buying 'local' milk as I'm going to get. So I consider this a small victory.
And I met a new friend today! Susan is passionate about organic farming. She's a farmer herself. (Oh, but she's not your prototypical farmer--Susan has a finance degree from Northwestern University!) She's also a member of the Walkerton Dairy Herd Association. We had a lively discussion about Monsanto, genetically-modified foods and its potential health implications, statistics, and the consumption of plastic bags. Yes, it was quite a dynamic conversation!