|A couple of wise goats.|
Part of my time away this past summer was spent in Colorado, where I happened upon a few places that reminded me of the importance of ingredients. The item you buy that only needs salt and pepper, but leaves guests asking "What did you do to that chicken?!?"
One of these was Crystal River Meats in downtown Carbondale. They're a sustainable construction office that happens to sell meat out of their office. I am not exaggerating when I say that what they peddle what is probably the tastiest beef I have ever come across, and it is grass-fed. (I have not had much luck finding truly tasty grass-fed beef.)
The people at Crystal River Meats pointed me to the Rock Bottom Ranch, an environmental education center. Part of their programming being geared towards growing and/or raising your own food. I was able to procure a couple of chickens from these guys - also outstanding fare.
If you're ever in that neck of the woods, these spots are definitely worth checking out.