Sunday, August 1, 2010

Farmer's Market High

I know I'm very strange and I guess it doesn't take much to make me happy, but I had the most amazing time yesterday morning. I made my weekly trip to my local farmer's market, making my normal rounds and of course I needed bacon.  Bacon is one of the first things on my list, it's cheap and sometimes it may be the only meat I buy if I'm strapped for money (I've usually got a few other meats lurking in my freezer anyway).  Well this week when I showed up the farmer lit up  and started calling other people who were working there to come over, saying "this is the lady that told me about the vitamin D!!"  The previous week I had mentioned to him that bacon fat and lard were excellent sources of vitamin D and that I ate bacon every day almost and cooked with all the extra bacon fat.  I told him that his bacon was the best because it had so much fat.

Anyway, I hadn't realized that it had interested him so much.  He was pretty excited about it and I gave him the website for the Weston A. Price Foundation as well as some info on Nourishing Traditions.  And there's more good new!  I asked him about lard and he says he makes it in the fall for a local baker.  They have so much fat they don't know what to do with it, people don't want lard.  Well, some people do, some people do!!  He sells it for  2$ a pound, soooo cheap, more than half the price of butter!  I'm so excited, I'm dreaming of filling my freezer with pounds and pounds of lard, edible sunshine for the long winter months.

And if all this wasn't enough, at a quick stop at my local Bulk Barn I discovered a new the suspense killing you yet?  It was organic coconut sugar.  Yes. It's true.   It's even a little less than rapadura.  I tasted it and it's sweet and flavorful.  Vaguely similar to maple sugar, but  a little moist and chewy.  I believe it's made from the sap of the palm tree, not the actual coconut.  I haven't done much research on it yet but I did find this basic info (coconut sugar) that is very helpful.


  1. Yay LARD!!! 1000 IU of vitamin D per tablespoon!!!

  2. I need more friends that cheer for LARD!!!! hahaha

  3. I think I bought this sugar at the bulk barn the other day. I was excited to try it too and wasn't sure if I could use it as a replacement cup for cup, etc. I was going to ask you what to do with it. :-)

  4. You are such an evangelist at heart Julie! :) Love your FM story! You will have to tell me more about bacon and lard...since I don't have easy access to the right kind of bacon, I don't buy eat alot of pork products (though the taste is delish). Maybe some Saturday I can get up real early and you can take me with you.

    Marc bought the coconut sugar at the bulk barn too...that's what he made our coconut donuts with :) Yeah for coconut!!!

  5. Krista, you can use it the same as sugar.

    Cirra, yes, come to the market with me any Saturday I'm going! Actually, it would be best on a day Aaron's home so I'm not rushing, we should eat breakfast there it's really good.