HandPicked People: Laura Haverland

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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!

Throughout her first year as a farmer in Rhode Island, Laura has been keeping us posted on the ups, downs, ins and outs of working the land. From the problematic lack of local slaugherhouses in her region to the trials of tracking down renegade livestock, Laura has kept us informed and amused. 

HandPicked Nation congratulates Laura and her husband on completing their first year of farming. Here's to many more years… and many more stories!

Name: Laura Haverland

Occupation: Farmer

Describe what you do in ten words or less. Tend to assorted pastured animals, plus planning a creamery.

Describe real food in one sentence. Real food is something that grew in the earth, came from an animal, or was made in a way that wouldn’t scare you to know about.

What is your first food memory? Making myself a fried egg at age four when my parents were out of town and my grandparents were babysitting. Needless to say, my grandmother was not pleased when she found me alone in the kitchen with a chair pulled up to the stove. I guess I had some early confidence in my cooking abilities.

If you were a food or a flavor, what would you be? A pickle. I love them so much I named my dog after them.

What are the five food things you always have on hand? In addition to many kinds of pickles, I'd say cheese of any kind, yogurt, bread, hot sauce (I’m in a Texas Pete’s phase), and Maldon salt. I could live on these five things.

What is the one professional rule you never break? Don’t try to get anything done on an empty stomach.

What's going to be your next meal? Our hens just started laying, and we are happily drowning in eggs, so for dinner I think we’ll make chilaquiles with black beans, peppers, avocado, cilantro from the garden and lots of fried eggs.

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