Blog – A View From the Country

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

Voting In The Real World

As you know, this past Tuesday was election day. According to FairVote, presidential elections bring out about 60% of the voting population, while mid-term elections only attract about 40%, and odd year elections even less. On Tuesday, election day, I was walking out of Wal-Mart, and met a man walking in wearing an “I Voted” sticker. Not being a registered voter,… Read More

Our Climatic Role

Media headlines are all abuzz since the newest UN climate study—and summit—in late September. According to the media, this study shows we’re in for catastrophic climate change.   We’re past the tipping point; the oceans can’t handle the warming and things look bleak. I am not a climate change denier.  All you have to do is look at satellite images of… Read More