• Farms,  Politics

    Our first time selling at Farmer’s Market

    Whew! I’m tired! We went to our first farmer’s market today! We brought only 1 out of 4 kids, since we weren’t sure what the market would be like. The others were watched by my friend & hung out with her kids. This is us with our son Noah at our booth. Noah was our little helper & he really seemed to enjoy his special time with Mommy & Daddy. 🙂 The details: We wanted to get into a big market. We started applying in January. We are on the waiting list for some of the big markets. We got into a smaller, weekday afternoon/evening market instead. The Saturday market…

  • Animals,  Farms,  Politics

    5 Reasons I Don’t Buy Meat at the Grocery Store

    I am picky about where I buy my meat. Honestly, I do buy some meat at the grocery store, but only grass fed stuff from the local stores that I can trust. I never buy meat from the large chain stores. My ideal is to buy it from farms only. Or, even more ideally, someday, we’ll produce it all ourselves! That will be the day! 🙂 Why don’t I like buying meat from the grocery store? Let me share! 1. Because I believe that animals should be able to roam on grass and live in the sun. It’s how God created them. They are, after all, “the beasts of the field.” When God…

  • Farms,  Politics

    The Great Loss of American Agricultural Communities

    photo credit: Adam Arthur I just finished reading Wendell Berry’s fiction novel Hannah Coulter. (Warning, there will be spoilers in this post). It was the first piece of fiction that I’ve read (other than books to my children) since I graduated with a degree in Literature more than 11 years ago. I cannot believe it has been so long!  My New Year’s Resolution this year is to read literature and become a “Book Person” again. I’m ok with it–it is in me, and I cannot deny who I am. I’m pretty excited about it, to tell you the truth. Let me tell you what this “Book Person” learned and thought and felt about Hannah…

  • Farms,  Politics

    Happy Anniversary FTCLDF! (and what this means for farmers)

    photo credit Let’s say you have been studying the art of making cheese for many years, and you’ve got it down. You know how to make some awesome cheese, so you build your life around that skill. You buy a shop with a big commercial kitchen. You buy a bunch of equipment. You hire some employees. You’ve got a business–it’s the real deal. You’re selling cheese! The main difference (besides the incredible FLAVOR) between your cheese and the bright orange bricks that you can find at the grocery store is that you make your cheese with raw, unadulterated milk. No big deal. It’s perfectly legal to make and sell raw-milk-cheese, as…

  • Life,  Politics,  Values

    Lessons from the farm: we are so disconnected

    I’m saying we as in me, you, all of us. Farm life has made us realize how disconnected we are. What are we disconnected from?? Our trash. Where does it go? Every week we set a can out at the curb and a truck takes it away and we never have to think about it again. Recycle? Don’t recycle? Recycling is for the hippies and tree huggers, right? No. I was reading Charlotte’s Web to the kids today and came across this: “Below the apple orchard, at the end of the path, was a dump where Mr. Zuckerman threw all sorts of trash and stuff that nobody wanted any more.…

  • Animals,  Farms,  Politics

    Michigan: Hog Farmers to Lose their Property & Right to Raise Diverse Animals

    As a hog farmer (who appreciates heritage breeds and pigs who forage), I am concerned about this Michigan ruling. Here are some of the pigs we raised last summer. They are part-hertitage breed. We plan to eventually raise all heritage breed pigs (for natural foraging abilities, better quality meat, better bacon, better lard, etc.), and I hate to think that the state could step in and take away our hogs because they don’t like the typical, big-ag, commercially grown ones. We’re not in Michigan, thankfully, but I think what these farmers are having to deal with is terrible. In Michigan, if you own a pig that looks anything remotely like…

  • Farms,  GAPS Diet & Nutrition,  Politics,  Real Food

    Harvard Law School Raw Milk Debate

    At one time, everyone drank raw milk. But with the invention of pasteurization and its alleged safety benefits, consumption of raw milk in this country almost completely disappeared. In fact, in some states it is illegal to sell raw milk. But a growing segment of the population is clamoring for increased access to raw milk, citing its nutritional benefits and recently discovered inbuilt safety mechanisms. Opponents are skeptical of such nutritional claims and believe the safety risks of unpasteurized milk are simply too high.   Join the Food Law Society as we present a debate covering the legal, health, and nutritional merits of raw milk. URL Link to this Press…

  • Farms,  GAPS Diet & Nutrition,  Politics,  Real Food

    Support Farms, Not Factories

    {photo credit} I’m not opposed to all factories, or even the overall concept of factories–they have their place. I believe that food, however, should not be a factory product. When industrialization and capitalism and food meet, the end result is not pretty. Because the problem is, industrialization and capitalism are also so closely connected to the pharmaceutical industry. In other words, it pays (the industries) to have the American people get sick so that they have to buy expensive drugs to fix their ailments. Yeah. That’s not a system that I want to be even remotely a part of. So, I shop at farmer’s markets. Have you ever been to…