Today is the day I go get my milk! I love milk day. I have two places I buy raw milk from - one is just a small landholder who happens to have a cow, and I have a standing agreement to buy milk from her once per week. I bring my jars, and she fills them for me. The other is a full-fledged dairy. I bring my jars and leave them on a shelf, for next week's order, and find the jars I left the previous week in the fridge, filled that morning. Sometimes she has beef or chicken for sale in the freezer.
Also on my way is a lovely store. It's kind of like a cross between a co-op food store and a farmstand, offering a selection of locally pasture-raised meats and local cheeses, all done humanely and organically as possible. These people believe in 'the cause' to have our food 'raised the right way'. Yes, the prices are a tiny bit higher than what I might find at the grocery store, but I know it's worth it since the food is as naturally nutrient dense as it can get. For example, they have whole chickens that are 8 lbs (or more) for $40. It seems like a lot of money, but with my calculations and a few good recipes, I can probably get 4-5 meals out of it, plus some really good soup stock. Having chicken once per week means it could reasonably last us a month! They also offer 'stewing hens' for $10. Muahahaha... Aaahhhh the possibilities! They're scrawnier, but I happen to have recipes in an old cookbook (1933) for...stewed chicken using old hens. Either that or I could just toss it all with the bones from the other chicken in a giant stock pot at get a ton of chicken soup stock from it.
Someday when I have enough money I will go there and buy a whole month's worth of meat. For now, though, I buy delicious pasture-raised eggs there for $4 per dozen after I get my milk.
However, in the midst of this happy-go-lucky joy-ness I have on thursdays, there is one small problem. I HAVE NO GAS! GAH! I cannot go get my milk (or pick the children up from school) without gas. And I only have enough money for either milk or gas, but not both. Dagnabbit.