Putting My Milk Money Where My Mouth Is, or Buying Local

by Anne Bennett on May 14, 2012

After returning to Kansas City recently from Northern California, the digs whence I was born and raised, I felt appropriately sorry for the cook in me. California, after all, is America’s vegetable mecca. The San Joaquin Valley, which is located south of my home town of Sacramento, is often called “the food basket of the world.”

Nuts, citrus, grapes (you know what grapes are good for!), and a full assortment of vegetables are grown there and made available to lucky Californians much of the year. When it  comes to the types of food I like to eat, California trumps the Midwest in terms of fresh, healthful, Mediterranean-type food.

What’s a Kansas Citian to do? Give up and order another round of Gates barbecue?


We’re not as bad off as I’ve led you to believe. Although harsh winters preclude one from finding locally grown lettuce in January, there are many other excellent locally produced foods.

And that is essentially what the Mediterranean style of eating epitomizes: locally sourced, real food.

Lately I’ve been buying Shatto Milk in glass bottles, which comes from a family farm located about 60 miles from Kansas City. Shatto milk has no growth hormones and the glass bottles are recyclable.

Take that, California.

Today I made homemade ricotta cheese with Shatto Milk. Lest you think that sounds difficult, allow me to explain the entire process: boil milk, add vinegar, allow to drain and refrigerate. That’s it.

In the meantime, wherever you are, seek out local sources for your food. You’ll be killing two birds with one stone–the food you eat will taste much better and you’ll have begun to eat not like a typical American, but a Greek!


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Amy Kamm May 14, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Been buying their stuff for a few years now. I like knowing where it comes from. If you want an excellent local beef source let me know I have an awesome one who delivers to your door. She has eggs too…

Barb Shatto May 17, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Thanks so much for sharing information about our local family farm on our blog. Please feel free to come visit us on the farm sometime to obtain an even better idea of where your yummy milk comes from.

Thanks again!

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