HandPicked People: Erin Phelan

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As we've built up our community here at HandPicked Nation, we have met some truly incredible farmers, ranchers, makers and thinkers in the real food movement. Which prompted the thought, why not share a little more about the real people of real food with our readers?

Welcome to another addition of HandPicked People!

We love having Erin Phelan as a part of HandPicked Nation. Erin and her husband Grady live, work and eat real food every day as sub-contracter farmers on Joel Salatin's Polyface Farms. Erin also writes a weekly post for The Polyface Hen House, a terrific blog written exclusively by the "farm chicks" that work for or are involved in the daily operations at Polyface. 

Erin is certainly dedicated to raising animals the right way, with plenty of space to roam and forage on open, green pasture. She's also a terrific source of information when it comes to the processing and slaughtering of animals, which can be a touchy subject for some. We think it's so important for all of us to understand where our food comes from and how it got to the kitchen counter. Chicken breasts don't just magically appear boneless and skinless on a styrofoam tray, after all…

So, thank you Erin, for sharing your words and knowledge with us!

Name: Erin Phelan

Occupation: Farmer

Describe what you do in ten words or less. We try to raise animals in a responsible way.

Describe real food in one sentence. A living substance that gives you life in return.

What is your first food memory? Eating toast spread with cod liver oil. It wasn't too bad actually and now I take it plain, on a spoon.

If you were a food or a flavor, what would you be? A lamb stew, mmm, it makes my mouth water just to think about it!

What are the five food things you always have on hand? Meat, veggies, wheat berries, eggs and milk.

What is the one professional rule you never break? The costumer is always right.

What's going to be your next meal? Beef and barley soup, bread and sauted swiss chard with garlic.

Did we miss anything? Let us know what kinds of questions you want us to ask in the comments below!