As our Regular Readers will know, we try to produce as much of our own Food as we can.
Of course, we don't produce everything we eat and, like everyone else, we are still reliant on other Food Producers.
We are not, however, at the mercy of Supermarkets.
To a large extent, we are lucky in this. Not everyone can keep pigs or chickens, although everyone can grow a few Herbs or Vegetables.
Everyone can also make an informed choice about where they buy their food.
Personally, we are very concerned about the Animals that provide us with food and we are keen followers of Compassion in World Farming.
The facts and figures from their website are staggering and sometimes upsetting.
The message is simple:
"The food you choose has a direct effect on how farm animals live."
Don't believe it?
From the CIWF website:
"Sixty billion animals are farmed for food worldwide every year – the vast majority of them reared intensively in systems that seriously impact on their welfare."
"Six of the largest supermarkets in the UK account for 87% of the money we spend on groceries. These and other major companies in the food industry have huge influence over animal welfare through their procurement policies and the prices they pay to farmers."
How you spend the pound in your pocket does indeed have influence.
It's not difficult. CIWF have a pocket Shopping Guide to help you make your choices, and some actions are so simple.
Someone will no doubt say they can't afford it. This argument will earn little sympathy from us.
We are of a generation that did without what we could not afford. The Sunday Roast was stretched to make more than one meal. Some foods were, quite rightly, a luxury and respected as such.
And to us, Respect is the crux of it all.
Too many of us have lost respect for the food we eat.
We encourage you to read the journey our pigs take from the day we collect them, to the day we say goodbye, through to how we use the food they supply us with.
Then take a look at some of the intensive pig farming footage on CIWF - it is not pleasant to watch, but it cannot be ignored.
We hope that, through this Blog and the stories about our Chickens and Pigs, we are able to share with you the respect we have for our food and, just maybe, have some influence on your personal choices.