Blog – A View From the Country

Keep It Simple On Thanksgiving Day

Avoiding undue stress on Thanksgiving Day… Each and every one of us—when hosting guests for Thanksgiving—desires to not only to serve the best food possible but also to have such a climate in our home that causes our guests to feel at ease. Preparing excellent food is an art in itself, and to be the hosts who have it all… Read More

Opportunity and Hardship

With most store shelves filling up again, the sudden food shortage earlier this year could seem like a bad nightmare. While it was relatively short lived, the panic buying, product limits, and empty meat counters were definitely a reality, and barring another shutdown, will hopefully stay that way for a while.  That’s the kind of news we all want to… Read More

Dare to be Different

The world, it seems, is full of shortsighted people.   Shortsighted people refuse to consider the future when making decisions. They refuse to acknowledge the world is constantly changing.   They will continue to make decisions based on the past – and they will continue to blame others for their circumstances. In reality, they have no one to blame but themselves. We… Read More

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The Storm Fiasco

If you had any interaction with us during the past two weeks you’ve experienced it. Long intervals until we replied to email and phone calls. Less than optimal customer service when shopping at the farm store. Mistakes made on orders delivered to buying clubs. You likely wondered what’s happening. Well, there were things going on. We were in crisis mode.… Read More

Food vs. Medicine

Wendell Berry once said, ““People are fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health, and are treated by the health industry which pays no attention to food.” To me, this is an amazing observation. And one that we’re seeing played out now perhaps more than ever. We have a global pandemic, which may or may not be… Read More

The Prime Act

As you know, meat availability is being threatened because of Covid outbreaks in slaughterhouses throughout the nation forcing processors to either shut down or operate at partial capacity. Because of this many folks who otherwise had no idea, are seeing how the cogs work in the greater meat industry in the United States—especially red meat. For several decades now, globalization… Read More

Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom

Are you weary of the abundance of Coronavirus gossip? The profusion of opinions and angles surrounding this issue are just amazing—and confusing. The actual virus is now yesterday’s story. What’s left is the political and economic fallout, along with various measures of government control, and uncertainty. We’ve faced a wide spectrum of emotions in the last several weeks. Sentiments run… Read More

Effects and Consequences of Covid

Every time society encounters an economic crisis, interest in self-sufficient living rises. This recent crisis is no different. When things go well, we humans tend toward all things convenient—the glitzy and glamorous. But when times get uncertain and scary, we quickly realize how impractical and expensive convenience and luxuries are. With that being said, let’s look at the sustainable–and unsustainable–consequences… Read More

Forgiveness

As you know, Covid-19 hasn’t gone away, and with most of our nation still in lockdown, many Americans remain fearful of the virus and/or its consequences. Meanwhile, others are questioning the validity of the whole ordeal. We live in a strange time, for sure. Whether it’s a hoax or the threat as it’s made out to be remains uncertain. With… Read More

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