July is food month here at The Happiest Place in America Podcast and I can’t think of a better person to bring on for our inaugural episode than Chef Jensen Lorenzen from The Larder Meat Co. He shares with us the details of his new endeavor, a subscription to get locally sourced meat delivered straight to your door. The Larder Meat Co. is such a great addition to our community since we have so many great local farms. But before Larder there was a huge disconnect to being able to access the meat from these farms for our own home cooked meals. Now you can and if you are interested in signing up, check out the links below.
Beyond learning more about The Larder Meat Co., it was such a pleasure speaking with Jensen. His perspective and advice on how we should interact with our food, whether it is locally sourced, organic, GMO free, or not, is invaluable. He says if it is not the norm in your family to cook at home, start simple. Cook one meal at home a month and enjoy that food together. To fully take advantage of the communal aspect of food, sharing a meal, and the happiness that it can cultivate, his advice is to stop what you are doing and be present during your meal. And of course add a little wine to loosen everyone up and have a great time. This formula helps people to walk away from the table with “more than just a full belly.” As we discuss, a shared meal is important for children to learn skills for basic social interaction, for adults to maintain those skills, to cultivate community, and help boost your mood.
To learn more about The Larder Meat Co. and Chef Jensen Lorenzen, check out their websites and social media links:
Local Farm References:
Winfield Farms in Buellton – Mangalitsa Pig Farm
Rinconada Dairy in Santa Margarita – Christine & Jim Maguire
Swan Family Angus in Templeton – Rex & KC Swan
Old Saloon Trail (some locales found in this article about the Stagecoach Trail) – Old Cayucos Tavern, Sweet Springs Saloon, Pozo Saloon, Cold Springs Tavern in Santa Barbara