Blog – A View From the Country

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

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Of Soups and Broth

As a family, we’re avid fans of Esther’s great tasting soups and stews, and can easily make a meal of a bowl of her excellent soup. With the arrival of cooler weather, mealtime often includes a large bowl of soup or stew. Esther makes a superb chili and chicken corn soup, and recently began offering pints and quarts of it… Read More

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Raw Dairy Opinion

While my personal view may have been rather subtle in last week’s article, I do have opinions about dairy. And as a family, we know why we choose raw grass-fed milk. I grew up on raw milk—goat milk. My parents were probably already on the lunatic fringe then (which explains why Esther and I have become complete lunaticsJ), but we always… Read More

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To Drink or not to Drink

Broach the subject of milk with 5 of your friends and you could have 5 differing opinions (each being delivered passionately?). It can get quite complicated. Many folks harbor some degree of paranoia toward raw milk, others prefer raw milk. Some say milk is designed for baby cows and not for humans, others consider it a super-food and lose weight… Read More

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Integrity Food, Is it Worth The Effort?

Whether we face the fact or not, integrity food sourced from local farms—that care about more than the almighty dollar at the end of the production stream—is not the convenient or cheap option out there. I’m sure most of you can attest that it takes extra commitment—not to mention time and money—to dedicate to integrity food. Is it worth the… Read More

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Our Guiding Principles

It’s been a busy summer on the farm and we have lots of projects in the works, foremost which is a freezer, cooler, and retail store expansion/renovation. we’re almost through with the project and still hope to have an open house of sorts as soon as it’s completed. Because of your support we are able to impact more consumers locally… Read More

The Unmentioned Alternative?

If you’ll recall, two weeks ago our featured  article dubbed Chicken Poop with Your Beef, Anyone?, discussed feed content in feed rations fed to beef, which in turn becomes the food we eat, indirectly. Although I find the thought of feeding chicken poop to herbivores downright disgusting, as most of us likely do, to me the thought of plant-based meat mockup… Read More

Chicken Poop with your Beef, Anyone?

I should probably title this blurb “Why not Feedlot Beef” instead, because to truly understand the benefits of grassfed beef we need to delve into the disadvantages of feedlot—which is to say “supermarket”—beef. Although there are a number of reasons grass-fed beef is healthier for the human body—and the land it’s raised on, I prefer to begin with animal health.… Read More

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Why Pastured Chicken?

Many folks are puzzled when we say we place more emphasis on chicken being raised outdoors than we do on organic certification. But here’s why. Almost all certified organic chicken sold in supermarkets (yes, even “good” organic outlets like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s) is raised indoors in a production very similar to non-organic chicken. While they may be consuming… Read More