Do you know where your breakfast comes from?

Grazin' Angus Acres - Ghent, New York

A few Sundays ago, my husband Jonathan and I woke up late (not sure whose fault that was) and headed over to the Carroll Street farmers market. Our first stop was Bread Alone. They unfortunately did not have any granola that day but what they did have were flakey, buttery croissant. Jonathan picked out some beef breakfast sausage from Grazin’ Angus Acres – The steer raised at Grazin’ Angus Acres are 100% grass-fed. It is important to note that the cows are grass fed because cows have rumen (cows are also called ruminants) and are meant to eat grass. A ruminant is an animal that chews its cud and has a three or four chambered stomach. One of those chambers is called a rumen. I am learning all about why it’s natural for cows to enjoy a diet of grasses from Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals and why it is unnatural for cows to live on a diet of corn.  You might want to think about this the next time you find yourself shopping for beef at the supermarket. Maybe you should pick up Michael Pollan’s book first.  

On our walk home, Jonathan and I stopped at Stinky Cheese on Smith Street for some four year Grafton Cheddar from Vermont. I just have to take a minute here to say that I happened to be carrying one of Dante Hesse’s Milk Thistle (Dante is also the Carroll Street farmers market) glass bottles, when the guy behind the counter at Stinky asked me if he could look at my milk bottle. I proudly handed it over for him to admire and he asked “Where did you get this?” “Down the street,” I replied “at the Carroll Street farmers market.” I then went on to explain that Dante’s chocolate milk was ever so popular. I kid you not but the Stinky guy said he was looking for a new chocolate milk vendor and I told him Dante was at the farmers market at that very minute. After I paid, the Stinky guy went to catch up with Dante, so I hope the next time I swing by Stinky I’ll find Dante’s chocolate milk there.

Once home from our exciting outing, we seared the beef breakfast sausage (the breakfast sausage from Grazin’ Angus comes in a natural lamb casing which almost looks like plastic wrap but doesn’t taste like it) and then cooked a few farm fresh eggs in the sausage grease. The sturdy croissant held the bright yellow eggs, a hefty serving of sausage, and a few slices of cheddar cheese. I ate my breakfast sandwich and I was happy.

I guess what I want to ask is “do you know where your breakfast comes from?” If you’re answer is McDonald’s, well then, let me be more specific – “Do you know what farm your breakfast comes from?” Shopping locally at farmers markets makes sense. Farmers markets offer up the most personal of exchanges, the opportunity to look the farmer in the eye and ask a few questions. What did this steer have for breakfast? Where do your chickens live? Can you even imagine doing this at McDonald’s? It would be an absolute hoot. I’m sure I would be directed to call someone in PR or something.

So, the next time you crave a sausage, egg, and cheese from McDonald’s, take a walk to your local farmer’s market and shop for your own breakfast sandwich ingredients culled from local farms. Enjoy a slow meal while you ruminate on where your breakfast comes from.


Visit Grazin’ Angus Acres at your local Greenmarket –

Wednesdays at Union Square (8:00am – 6:00pm)

Fridays at 97th & Columbus Avenue (8:00am – 2:00pm) and Union Square (8:00am – 6:00pm)

Sundays at Carroll Street between Smith & Court (8:00am – 4:00pm)

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5 Responses to “Do you know where your breakfast comes from?”

  1. Maria Lauricella Says:

    It’s a very important question! By the way, everyone should read The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. I have not found a more thorough explanation on the crucial differences between industrial, industrial organic and sustainable farming and the origins of food…

  2. Raoul Says:

    I had no idea about the nutritional difference between grass and corn fed cows. I’m surprised no one knows about that.

  3. Anna G. Says:

    Those are some happy looking cows!!! 🙂

  4. kittymama Says:

    Mmmm….i want one of those brooklyn farmer breakfast sandwiches!

  5. Greenpointer Says:

    Hey BFs! LOVE THIS BLOG!!! Btw, just posted an interview I conducted with Dan Gibson. Check it out and drop me a line sometime! I wanna build a new farm in Brooklyn!

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