Eating Better: Milk and Eggs

milk

This post is the third in a series about our attempts to eat better.

Milk

There are a lot of reasons why we’ve chosen to drink organic milk. Since our girls were born, we’ve had only hormone and antibiotic-free milk in our house. I’ve changed brands over the years, depending on where I could get the best price. Recently, I’ve found milk from a farm within 2 hours of my house. It comes in glass bottles that I return to the store when empty. For me, this is the best option because not only are we getting relatively local organic milk, but we’re avoiding all the waste that goes along with plastic milk jugs or paper cartons. I also feel better about consuming products stored in glass rather than plastic — primarily because of concerns about BPA and other chemicals. If you’re interested, you can read more about glass vs. plastic in this post by Copywriter’s Kitchen:  6 Reasons Why Glass Food Containers Are Better Than Plastic.

Eggs

In the early days of this site, I wrote a post about eggs. I’m still committed to truly free-range eggs from local farms. I think they really do taste better, and there’s more and more evidence that the eggs are better for us. I also like the fact that the chickens themselves live much more humane and decent lives.

I’m fortunate that Polyface Farm (of The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals and Food, Inc. fame) is about 2 hours away from where I live (I seem to be 2 hours from everything :)). They bring their fresh eggs to a farmer’s market in my area every Saturday, so lately, I’ve been buying from them. The eggs are great and fresh. In fact, the eggs I bought this past Saturday had just been collected 2 days before. I’d encourage you to try farm-fresh eggs if you can find them in your area. Check out your local farmer’s markets or visit the Local Harvest and Eat Wild sites for more options.

Ultimately, eating better is all about deciding what’s important for you and your family and seeking out the resources to locate food you feel good about. With a bit of research, it really is possible to eat well without a great deal of expense. How is your family eating better?

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Comments

  1. Beth,

    This is a great series you’ve got going on here! Very smart idea.

    I’m the same way about my eggs; I buy them from local farmers so I can be sure they’re not from chickens who have to live in awful factory farms.

    The health issue is a big concern for me, but I’d have to say the ethical issue is my biggest concern. I just can’t stomach financially supporting any factory farms, which is the main reason why I became a vegetarian.

    Fortunately I live two blocks away from a wonderful little farmer’s market and can get eggs and cheese from happy cows and chickens!