HandPicked People: Nancy Zander

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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!

Nancy Zander, along with her husband Peter, leads by example with her sustainable lifestyle.

The Zanders created the Front Yard Coop, the “first solar-powered, self-propelled coop” and sell it along with a variety of other tools for the aspiring backyard (or front yard) poultry farmer. Nancy is also a seasoned cook and is currently working on a venison cookbook, a meat she considers to be “perfect.” Nancy and Peter Zander lead a venison hunting workshop every year on their upstate NY property, showing people the power and importance of being fully in charge of their own meat supply. Not only are attendees guided through the hunting process, but also shown how to butcher and cook the meat. Nancy recently shared one of her favorite recipes with us, a 5 Spice Venison Stew.

Nancy once wrote “You never know what the road to paradise will be paved with. In our case it was paved with equal parts good intentions and chicken droppings.” We’re so glad Nancy Zander found her paradise and is willing to share the road map with HandPicked Nation!

Name: Nancy Zander

Occupation: Cook, Gardener, and Sustainability Coach.

Describe what you do in ten words or less. Live, love, cook, dance, garden, sing, work, play, care, enjoy.

Describe real food in one sentence. Real food is made out of living things, touched by human hands, and doesn’t include things made in a lab.

What is your first food memory? Spitting out beef liver into my napkin so I wouldn’t gag at the dinner table.

If you were a food or a flavor, what would you be? Almond paste.

What are the five food things you always have on hand? Lettuce, milk, salt, olive oil, eggs.

What is the one professional rule you never break? Be proud of doing your best.

What’s going to be your next meal? 2 fried eggs, with salsa and goat cheese. Then breath mints.

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