Blog – A View From the Country

A Fragile System Exposed

2020 Spring Newsletter A trip to the local grocery store or supermarket in the past days and weeks turns up many empty shelves—a sight that most Americans have not seen before.  This is just one of a myriad of ramifications of the coronavirus outbreak. Without a doubt, this will affect us for months to come.  But this may be positive… Read More

Normalcy in an Abnormal Situation

With America being in the midst of what is likely the most tense time since the 9/11 attacks in 2001, I think it behooves us to take into consideration the things that are completely stable and normal—when so many things seem unstable and abnormal. First I’ll portray some of the things that are happening here on the farm. The arrival… Read More

Courage in a Time of Fear

A time of uncertainty such as the one we’re in always brings out the best and worst of one’s true character, as well as what we prioritize. Plus, many of us know nothing but a life of comparative ease. True, we all have our challenges, but we know little of genuine hunger, abject poverty, or ongoing inadequacy of basic needs.… Read More

Additional Corona Thoughts

Just a few additional calming thoughts on the corona scare again. I’m not superstitious, but am making an attempt to keep things in perspective and still be fully realistic on this Friday the 13th. Here goes… To be honest, I have a general distrust of most info coming out of major national news channels, simply because of their reputation for… Read More

Coronavirus…from a Calm Perspective

News, around the world, has been focused on the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.   Therefore, amid the fear and frenzy, let’s look at a different perspective.   Although serious in nature, I think we can agree the mainstream media has blown this thing way out of proportion.   Unfortunately, the reason for some of this seems to be political in nature. Although I… Read More

Alt Milk, Anyone?

Last week, Starbucks initiated their “milk makeover” (my term; sorry for the cynicism). Yes, Starbucks, café king of the world, caters to the vegan crowd by eschewing mammalian milk and offering their popular latte’s using alternatives such as almond, coconut, and oat milk. Truth is, they’re listening—and responding— to consumer trends on the horizon. If you’ve noticed, the millennial generation… Read More

The Domestic Larder

Larder. That’s not a word you hear too much today, is it? Our grandparents invested heavily in stocking their larder. Supermarkets did not exist until 1946. Before then, a household’s food was stored in the domestic larder. In those days, any person wishing to see a community’s food stash could find it nestled securely in homes. Back in the day, putting… Read More

Fats and Brainpower

  Although the subject of dietary fats has become friendlier in recent years with most health experts becoming more lenient toward their necessity in the human body, most Americans are still quite paranoid of consuming fats. In mainstream medicine, fat facts primarily center around heart health, cholesterol, and whether or not to consume saturated or unsaturated fats. Meanwhile fringe groups—and… Read More

Let’s Grasp The Nettle

Occasionally we get email from a friend or customer that’s just too relevant to not comment on. Our friend and former customer Hanneke from NC forwarded an article about climate change and biochar earlier this week. It’s titled Burn; Using Fire to cool the Earth and can be found here. A short excerpt from the blog is:  Biochar also has a wide range… Read More

In Everything Give Thanks

We’re gearing up for what is probably our busiest few days of the year, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of the week of Thanksgiving, Monday morning we start processing turkeys, and from then until Wednesday evening it’s go, go, go—dressing and packing turkeys, chatting with customers, ensuring all the dairy, pumpkin pies, eggs, etc. are here that they need to round… Read More