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Bratwurst AND a Better World

by Sami Grover, Carrboro, NC

Sometimes I feel so lucky… wait, that’s how I started my last post here. Well, I guess it must be true then. So what’s got me counting my blessing this time? Bratwurst. Let me explain…

Jenni and I had been having one of those busy/crazy weeks, so we figured it’d be nice to grab a bite to eat somewhere. We opted for ACME on Main St in Carrboro, mostly because it was close by. Now, I’d never been to ACME before, so I wasn’t sure where they stood in terms of sustainability issues such as local and organic food. And, I admit, on this particular night, in this particular moment, I didn’t care too much. I just wanted to eat and I didn’t want to cook, so I probably wouldn’t be asking too many questions about where my burger came from. Or so I thought…

As it turned out, I didn’t need to ask. The menu was laden with local and organic delights, including a sampler plate of Heirloom tomatoes and cheese from the farmers’ market, as well as locally-raised meat selections, including an amazing brown turkey fig tart with amaretto mascarpone. I finally decided on the homemade bratwurst from Eco Farm, served with onion relish and fries. In terms of eating, everything was now pretty much spot on – and the hormone/chemical-free bratwurst was delicious. But that’s still not what made me so happy.

As we were finishing up our meal, who should walk in but John and Cindy Soehner of the same Eco Farm from whence my dinner came. Jenni is acquainted with them and it was such a pleasure to say ‘hi’ and to thank them for raising the pig that I had just eaten. Though John and Cindy were there to eat – not talk shop – we did have the opportunity to learn a little about that pig’s life in the woods of North Carolina. To me, this sums up what eating sustainable food is all about. It’s not about personal sacrifice, restriction or regression – it’s about reclaiming a vital part of our culture and humanity and understanding where our food comes from. It’s about knowing, respecting and thanking the people that bring it to our tables. (And it’s about turning our back on lung-destroying popcorn once and for all.) Fortunately, it’s also about eating great bratwurst.

Sometimes I feel so lucky… did I already say that?

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2 Responses to “Bratwurst AND a Better World”

  1. phyllis diehl Says:

    i love today’s blog, i like that you went out to eat. and i like your choice of menu items. and i like that you met the farmers. how cool is that….how wonderful is that? it sounds like your happy.

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