When I was very little, my mom was a vegetarian. Then she married a hunter and a flood of fresh-caught meat entered our freezers. I’ve always been for living up to both halves of being an omnivore, but I have my meat limits: no added growth hormone, no antibiotics, humane growing conditions, grass fed, not highly processed with fillers, etc.
Yet when I ask for advice on where to find elk and deer meat, I sometimes get called “barbaric” (even from non-vegetarians/vegans.) Unfortunately that answer doesn’t tell me where I can find trusted sources of meat regionally. I order produce from CSAs, but they tend only to have the basic meats: chicken, beef, pork. We’ve just moved to Great Lakes region Illinois and are having to restart the search process.
Would appreciate any suggestions on:
- where to find trusted sources of deer and elk meat in Illinois and
- how to explain to friends why I have so many conditions set on my meat.
This topic is near to my heart: it’s common for people to think of hunting as barbaric nowadays, and it’s a sad sign that we’re too separated from our food. However, this may not be a conversation worth having unless you’re in a beer-fueled bull session. Were I on the hunt (ha!) for wild meats, I’d keep it low key:
Me: “Hey, while we’re on the topic of food, I’ve been looking for a source of deer meat. Know any hunters who sell?”
Friend: “EW WHY WOULD YOU WANT THAT”
Me: “It tastes great! No big; I’ll Google.”
Twitter and Facebook are also great places for lazywebbing. Friends love to be helpful.
These are good starting points, but that’s all the solid info I’ve got. I throw it to you, Homies. Can you help Sarah find wild food?