What a fabulous video I came across tonight from ABC's Nightline. Did you know that Chipotle chicken and pork comes from "happy" chickens and pigs? Chipotle's motto is "Food with Integrity" (gotta love that)!
Did you know that Chipotle buys some of its meat from Polyface Farms? How cool is that?! If "Polyface Farm" doesn't ring a bell, PLEASE find a copy of The Omnivore's Dilemmaby Michael Pollan and read it as soon as possible. This is the book that got me started on my "living local" journey.
Must watch video clip from ABC:
Chipotle's Fast Food Facelift
"In our culture today, our Western, reductionist, Greco-Roman, linear, fragmented, disconnected, systematized, all parts orientated culture, we don't ask how to make a pig happy, we ask how do we grow them faster, fatter, bigger, cheaper. And that's not a noble goal." --Joel Salatin, Polyface FarmsI truly believe that buying food from farmers who embrace "happy animals" is the way to go. There's no need to confine these animals unless the end goal is to grow them "faster, fatter, bigger, cheaper" as Joel said. Pay for the better quality food. You're not just paying for a tasty meal, but for a bit of these farmer's livelihoods. Vote with your dollars who you want to support and which values you believe in.
It's so great to see a "fast food" restaurant step up and use meat from non-industrial sources. Oh and did I mention that Chipotle has no rBGH in their dariy products? Chipotle has a new (vocal) supporter (not that I ever didn't like their food before)!! The only Chipotle in NH is located in Newington, NH, so hopefully you're close so you can enjoy their tasty food! For other Chipotle's across the USA, click here.
Another great local "fast" food restaurant is Fresh Local on Beane Lane in Newington, NH. They use local produce and meat and I'm excited to try them out as well. They are also part of the Green Alliance.
More restaurants that serve local food:
- Anneka Jans, Kittery, ME
- Black Trumpet Bistro, Portsmouth, NH
- Blue Moon Market Cafe, Exeter, NH
- The Dunaway, Portsmouth, NH
- Ferguson-Davis Dining Room at Flag Hill Winery, Lee, NH
- Flatbread Company, Portsmouth, NH
- Four, Portsmouth, NH
- Joshua's, Wells, ME
- Las Olas, Exeter, NH
- Pepperland Cafe, S Berwick, ME
- Portsmouth Brewery, Portsmouth, NH
- Ristorante Massimo, Portsmouth, NH
- Robert's Maine Grill, Kittery, ME
- Victory 96, Portsmouth, NH
- Zampa, Epping, NH