Primal Sources of Food - AKA, Where I get my tasty supplies!
Bob's Red Mill
Bob produces a fine selection of grain flours as well as a myriad of other types of meals. Bob's is widely available at most fine food stores or health food stores. I've picked up the following from Bob:
- Almond Flour
- Coconut Flour
- Tapioca Flour
- Garbanzo & Fava Bean Flour
Bob's can be pricey but prices do vary quite a bit depending on where you get it from. I also love that you can order some products in "bulk" sizes. If you do a lot of baking with primal flours this is a definite plus! Check him out at Bob's Red Mill. But Bob isn't the only one out there. There are many other great resources for flour and dried goods -- this just happens to be my preferred source.
Almost every city and small township has a Farmer's Market of some type and if you don't, here's the perfect excuse to start one! These are usually the best place to get the freshest produce and ingredients from local producers. Many Farmer's Markets also have a token exchange for those who are on food assistance programs. Raw dairy products, grass fed meats, and amazing honeys are often found here.
Hello! Nature should probably be at the top of this list since every region has regionally available foods that grow out in the woods and rural areas. Grok was a hunter/gatherer and you should be too! For some this is as simple as berries and mushrooms but for many people, there are amazing varieties and natural sources of greens, fruits, and general roughage. Identification is key and if you have a local college or community center, see if there's anyone offering wild food identification tours or classes. This is especially key if you're seeking out wild mushrooms. Some types can be toxic or even deadly so prepare yourself with knowledge and get to foraging!
When I say my backyard, I primarily mean my garden, eggs, and meat production teams. Growing and producing your own food is THE best way to get top quality foods. You have direct control over what does and doesn't go into your food and especially in the case of meat production, you have the ability to ensure your animals are raised and dispatched in the most humane way possible. For us that means rabbits, chickens, turkeys, geese, and ducks. Goats and pigs can also be raised in the backyard and are excellent sources of meat and milk! For a great resource on how to maximize your backyard harvest potential check out:
- The Backyard Homestead
- " " Guide to Raising Farm Animals
- Storey's Basic Country Skills
- Encyclopedia of Country Living
Find more great resources and books on my List of Resources! (not a real wish list, just a list for people to view products we've found useful.)
Stay tuned for more....!