Deck Family Farm – A Photo Essay

Today we visited Deck Family Farm. We have been interested in joining their CSA for a while now, but we wanted to see their animals first. The farm is open to visitors every day except Sunday. You do not need to make an appointment. The entrance is closed so the animals don't get away, but you can remove the latch pretty easily and drive on in. The Deck family's house. We spied employees preparing a wonderful-smelling community lunch in the kitchen. We were welcomed by a few workers who were more than happy to answer our questions and show us around. The manager of the farm gave us a tour, but he said you can always visit the animals by yourself, if you want! The first stop was the chicken house were this beautiful lady serves as the guard against wild predators. She was so excited when she saw new faces that she [...]

April 10th, 2012|Categories: Healthy Lifestyle|Tags: , , , , , , , |2 Comments

Steroids for Dinner Part II – Happy Meat

This is part 2 of Steroids for Dinner. I will be exploring alternatives to eating industrial meat products. However I will first explain a few things about the labels on meat products. They can be both confusing and misleading. What's What 100% Grass-fed It means that the animals were fed a diet of grass and hay which is the natural diet for ruminants.There was no corn or soy in their diets. This is a safe label if you are looking for animals that were not raised on steroids, corn, soy, or other alternative foods. The cattle will be given very little antibiotics if any.   Grain-finished Animals were fed grass and then fattened with corn and soy before being slaughtered. This label is confusing because there are no strict rules as to how much corn/soy was used or how early it starts to supplement the animal's diet. I already mentioned this in an earlier [...]

Steroids for Dinner

See Part II here.  Most of us know by now that while a McDonald's or Wendy's burger tastes delicious, there is something about the quality of the meat (not to mention the other ingredients!) that wreaks havoc on our digestive system. I sort of knew about that aspect for a long time but that didn't stop me from eating at fast-food joints, until I made some very concrete discoveries about the meat I was eating.   The whole concept of cattle-raising farms changed in the fifties with the advent of antibiotics, selective breeding, cheap pesticides, and nitrogen fertilizer - remnants from World War II. This was the dawn of a new era for the food industry. Farmers began raising animals fed on cheap genetically modified corn and soy. Meat products became a common staple food in American households. While before the 50's meat was on the tables three or four times a week, [...]

March 12th, 2012|Categories: Nutrition|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

Roasted Chicken with Gluten Free Gravy

  I love roasted chicken but I love gravy with roasted chicken even more. This is a simple recipe we enjoy making on a regular basis because it tastes delicious, it has healthy saturated fats, it is great for left overs, and the gravy is gluten free. Roasted Chicken 2-3 pounds of farm raised chicken 1/2 cup of unsalted Kerrygold butter or olive oil 2-3 tsp dried or fresh Rosemary 1 tsp paprika 1/2 lemon 2 tsp freshly ground pepper 1 tsp Celtic sea salt 1/2 onion Preheat the oven at 400 degrees. Rinse the chicken with filtered water if available and then pat it dry with a paper towel. While it dries out completely, heat the butter, if you are using olive oil you do not need to heat it up. Once the butter is heated add the ground pepper, sea salt, paprika, rosemary, and squeeze the lemon into [...]

March 1st, 2012|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments
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