Without a doubt, the hardest part about eating locally/sustainably/whatever you want to call it is actually sourcing the food. There's a reason grocery stores were invented. As much as we'd like to go from farm to farm collecting our items like a scavenger hunt, the time just isn't there. Located in Ayr, Faul Farms is a family-run beef producer who are committed to doing things the right way- no matter what. But they are also so much more than that. Their country store (open 6 days a week!) acts as a hub for the local foods movement. Alongside their incredible beef they offer chicken, eggs, lamb, pork, turkey, fish, as well as various prepared and preserved foods, all from local producers who take the same pride and care as the Faul family do. They are currently wrapping up construction on an expanded store, and we will update this post with pictures once it's done.
Going to "the farm" is always a fun outing for our family. Besides the ethical and nutritional reasons that led us to pursuing naturally produced foods, we love being able to directly support our neighbours, and hope that these values will be instilled in our daughter by growing up in this food culture. If you're from the area you owe it to yourself to check out Faul Farms and meet the wonderful family behind it. We're willing to bet if you do it won't be your last visit!
To learn more about the Faul Farm philosophies and the goods available in their country store check out their website!