We found some roadside stands and followed signs to farms shops to collect things like produce, flowers, etc.
But then we also came across a couple more unusual places that had exactly what we wanted! We had previously stocked up on meats, but were just about to run out, so we hoped to find some more, preferably wild or grass-fed. We couldn’t believe it when we passed a sign for wild game along a road we’d taken, only open five hours each week, but still open when we arrived!
I think this is a place where hunters bring their excess to sell. They had everything you can imagine, at really good prices. We bought venison and wild boar for stews, and a nice venison shoulder roast. They also had lots of other local meats that we passed on– squirrel, for example
Yes, they actually had zebra, kangaroo, ostrich, and crocodile. This seems pretty ridiculous to me, since I imagine these are imported (or from the local zoo?!) but still interesting. Amelia kept begging me to bring home all sorts of rare animals to cook and serve her– in her book, the cuter it is, the better it probably tastes.
The next very pleasant surprise was a stand at a small dairy for raw milk!
I had found sources for raw milk in California and Oregon, but it always took quite a bit of looking. It was so cool to just find it without even trying! From this educational sign, I gather that raw milk is not exactly commonplace here yet, either.
The prices were extremely good, and I picked up a smaller carton and some clotted cream, which is super delicious. They also had eggs (we needed some, how perfect!) and huge winter squash.
I don’t know how many stops we made on the way to the coast yesterday, but we quickly filled up the back seat of our car, and ticked everything off our shopping list. Here are some pictures of what we brought home:
What we bought:
2 Packages of Stew Meat– Venison and Wild Boar
1 Package Ground Venison
1 Venison Shoulder Roast
2 Packages of Pork Sausages
2 Dozen Pastured Eggs
2 Bouquets of Dahlias
2 Large Bags of Apples
Also, that cool carved wooden bowl.
Guess how much we spent?! About 50 pounds, which is under $80. I am very happy with that, and am still amazed that we were able to find everything we needed without looking for any particular store, shop, or farm!
Hurray for living in the country.