Finding Quality Meats During The Coronavirus


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You probably started to hear about food shortages in the middle of March like many of us did. But when the Smithfield pork processing facility in Sioux Falls, South Dakota closed in early April, consumers were given a first glance at how a significant meat shortage might unfold.

Joel Salatin, a famous farm writer from Virginia, has warned for years how the industrial meat machine was bad news. On April 14th, Joel posted on Facebook about Smithfield and the hazards of the US relying on the big meat producers. What Joel didn't cover was where to buy pork, beef, lamb, and chicken that's not from a food factory.

Even though most of us are ordered to shelter in place, we still have options where to buy meat and veggie products when the supply chain breaks down. There are over 12,000 small farms in Maryland and 44,000 in Virginia, selling some of the best natural meats and produce money can buy. If you search the internet for a place to buy meats, veggies, and eggs away from the crowd, you might be surprised at the choices where you live.

One of the best sources is your local farmers’ markets. Search for a market close to where you live and look at the farmer's market website's Vendor list. If the farmers market is closed, check their vendor list for small farms currently offering home delivery or onsite farm stands.

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