A class field trip to learn about sustainable food systems took me all the way to the little town of Bluffton, GA. We visited White Oak Pastures, which is a family owned farm that is operated under sustainable and ethical guiding principles. Part of our property tour included a visit to the general store which contained products from the farm, as well as some products sourced from other small businesses in Georgia.
While in the store, I bought White Oak Pastures beef jerky and a bottle of Roasted Pecan Syrup from Thomasville, GA for my dad. It felt good to support a business which I knew had sustainable principles at its core. However, local and ethical specialty goods come at a cost. The prices were a little higher than what I would normally pay for a similar product, but I was willing to pay extra for a quality product.