By BRIAN SMITH
Jamie Harrison is trying to get people to eat healthier, but not in a way you might think.
While many people are going vegetarian or vegan, Harrison is opting for more of a traditional way of eating without all the chemicals and preservatives. Off the Farm Food Co-Op was established last year and offers local, grass fed/grass finished Angus and Longhorn beef and pastured chicken and pork and other organic dry goods.
Harrison, a former school teacher who went off animal products for a few years after being diagnosed with breast cancer, said her company drops off orders at a number of points in the area, including one in Weatherford.
“After many doctor’s recommendations and wanting to change my diet, I decided to become a vegetarian,” Harrison said. “For several years, I did not eat meat, eggs, nor drink milk. However, once I became pregnant with my first son, I decided to slowly add meat back into my diet.”
Her Rhome based company started with friends and family also wanting a healthier way of eating and really didn’t start off as a business. Harrison said she started off with friends and family only and was told she could start working with larger farms if she could guarantee a minimum order.
Word of mouth began and Harrison said she is up to almost 850 customers right now.
“The movement of knowledge about what we are eating is increasingly getting more exposure,” Harrison said. “My favorite thing about (Off the Farm) is getting to teach people about the food they eat and where they get it.”
The Weatherford pickup point, located off Tin Top Road, began with a friend who had 10 or 15 of her Bible study members interested in taking part in the co-op. Harrison says there are about 20-25 Weatherford-area residents taking part right now.