San Francisco Chronicle reporter Carol Ness has a thorough, in-depth look at alternative meat-buying in the Bay Area, in which The Ethicurean gets a mention as "a new Web site for conscious eaters." A number of families are going out of their way to purchase half- and quarter steers direct from local ranchers, along with pork, lamb, and chicken when available. Ness, who just won a 2006 Association of Food Journalists Award for food reporting, writes that:
The phenomenon represents a convergence of recent food trends, especially the rise of grass-fed beef as a healthier, more environmentally sustainable and humane alternative to the big feedlot operations, and the move toward buying from local food producers.
Alas, although she interviewed our Man of La Muncha, she elected not to write about meat CSAs in Seattle in detail, concentrating on the local aspects of this phenomenon instead — and quoting me about wanting to get enough friends together to form our own mixed-meat subscription service.
So, here goes. Want to pick up several pounds of grassfed, pastured, humanely raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free, better-for-the-planet beef, pork, and lamb once or twice a month in the Bay Area? Let's figure out how we can do that, together. E-mail me at dair...@ethicurean.com.