And now to the exciting bit, our first post. I want to explain a little of why we have a website and what we want to do with it, and more importantly how you can use it to learn about our beef and the other things we get up to at Hanaminno, introduce you to our way of thinking, get in touch with your inner farmer, and connect with other people doing similar things and sharing the love.
While producing Grass Fed beef is clearly our passion, we are also keen to help people understand why its so good for you, how buying meat from farmers directly supports their local rural communities, and what it is that customers in cities can do to reconnect with their country cousins, learn about generative farming practices and even get involved and support your own local communities. Grow your own food, compost your food scraps, share stories, visit farmers and experience life on the land. Actually get to know who it is that is growing the food that you are feeding your family.
As I have said before, food is not a commodity, it is an experience and an education. Its a way of bringing people together, its a way of connecting country and city, producer with consumer, teacher with student, farming family with city family, and rural community with urban community. Food tastes best when its co-produced, with input from all involved.
I have a vision. Butcher shops should be like wine emporiums. Think about this. When someone walks into a bottle shop, they know what bottle of wine they want, pinot gris, cab sav, Riesling, they know where it's from, have a particular year in mind, etc. They usually have their favourite, whether that be by region, vineyard, winemaker or variety..... Why wouldn't people show the same interest in the meat they buy? Why wouldn't they want to buy a particular cut from their favourite region and from a specific farmer? Its possible in some shops, just not mainstream yet. I dont think its because they dont want to know, they just didnt know they could ask those questions. And the irony is that people would spend more on meat for a dinner party than they would on the wine, but have no idea where it's from or what it is half the time! It's madness. And that bottle of wine can be bought again and again, there are literally thousands of them to be found. That steak, there's only one of them. Only one like that ever, now that's a unique product, and surely deserves to be treated with the same reverence with which wine is given. And wine and meat compliment each other so well!
Our passion is to feed not just your bodies, but also your minds. Produce, eat, learn, share and support. That's what we are about.