So I was tagged by @planting_my_roots for @roots_and_refuge new prompt for #instagramhomesteaders on discussing a struggle, bad day, etc. I am on a personal mission to cut out grocery stores as much as humanly possible by raising all of our own meat, and canning/freezing like a crazy woman from the garden. People in general have totally lost touch with where their food comes from, which terrifies me. I believe a lot of American's health problems are 100% attributed to a sedentary lifestyle paired with poor diets full of fast food, preservatives, and eating meat from an animal that never seen sunlight or grass while being pumped full of growth hormones and antibiotics. So, I raise and grow my own. It is rewarding and fulfilling, but as much as you put up a mental barrier to disconnect yourself emotionally from what you know you're going to eat, some sadness creeps in when kill time comes. But, I feel good knowing that I gave them an incredible life under the sun, eating whatever they could root or scratch up. For me, this picture perfectly sums up that life, and shows what food should be. Some people might not even know what animal this is because they have never seen a chicken thigh with such red/dark meat. That color comes from an active life, walking around and foraging for your food. Aka using your muscles! NOT from being packed like sardines in a pole barn gorging on grain until you can't walk. That yellow fat comes from the beta-carotene in grass, as well as other nutrients and is lower in saturated fat. NOT white fat from a strict grain diet. I'd be lying if I said that as I was deboning these thighs for dinner I didn't look out my kitchen window at the Red Rangers pasture and picture seeing them out there last fall happy as clams. I am human and I do have feelings so yes, even though I compartmentalize my animals that I know will be food into their own little box in my mind and shove it in a corner, it is still a struggle at times. If you don't agree, that's fine. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But, this is the life I have chosen and the one that I believe to be the best for me.🐓@fowlcreekfarm @thehomegrowngourmet care to share?