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Holy Cow Farm Fresh Newsletter - 5/2/2018!

In this newsletter, you'll find the following:

  • On The Farm
  • What Did You Say?
  • Delivery Dates!
  • Food for Thought:  
    • Tracking Down Bad Eggs


On the Farm

After an 80+ degree day yesterday, it is almost hard to believe that just a few weeks ago, there was snow flying.  And, with the warm weather, comes lots to do.  The baby chicks arrived safe and sound on Thursday.  They settled in well and have already grown.  
The cows have been productive with many more baby calves born this past week.  

We are going full steam ahead in the fields, planting our forages and preparing the non-gmo corn fields.  It is a nice window of warm weather, so we have to roll now.  Lord willing, it will all go safe and smooth.

We have some wild, exciting news to share with you next time about some events that will be happening on the farm.  
In the meantime, we have not made further progress on our processing building.  As soon as the weather holds us up or the crops are planted, we will be at it again. 

So, here's to Spring!

Thank you so much for joining us on this amazing farming adventure!


What Did You Say?
"Hi, Joanne. Just a personal comment about the newsletter article on chronic illness. I couldn’t agree more. Since 2015 I have been in the IUHealth/Virta clinical trial which is studying whether diabetes and pre-diabetes can be reversed with diet alone. The answer is yes! Applicants had to be one of the above to be included in the study. I was pre-diabetic. I am happy to say that my pre-diabetes had reversed by my 3 month labs, and now 30 pounds and 2+ years later, all my blood work is excellent! The “treatment” is a very low carb/high fat/ moderate protein diet. Since we are eating a lot more meat I want it to be healthy meat, which is why I started looking for and buying grass fed and pastured meats. And that led me first to a family farm like yours near Ft. Wayne (Providence), then to Butcherbox, and then to you! While looking for healthy food, I am also trying to be aware of the carbon footprint of what I am buying and would prefer to buy as local as possible. I appreciate all the work your family puts in to producing food for us here in central Indiana and would like to visit the farm and farm store sometime. Thank you!"
Vicki from Otterbein



Ordering Windows for Zionsville, Carmel, Lafayette, and West Lafayette are OPEN until 3pm eastern Tomorrow!!

 

Time to buy the farm fresh meats that you will use to provide healthy and delicious meals to your family.  And as requested, WE WILL BE DELIVERING TWICE (2X) A MONTH.

www.holycowfarmfresh.com


Delivery Dates

Deliveries to VALPARAISO--
1st & 3rd Thursday of the Month

Thursday, May 3rd

Thursday, May 17th



 

Deliveries to LAFAYETTE, WEST LAFAYETTE,  ZIONSVILLE & CARMEL--
1st & 3rd Friday of the Month

Friday, May 4th--Ordering window open until tomorrow (Thursday) 3pm
Friday, May 4th
Friday, May 18th
 



Food For Thought:

Tracking Down Bad Eggs.

 

Perhaps you've heard the recent news that over 200 million eggs have been recalled due to a potentially deadly salmonella discovery. All of the eggs came from one farm in North Carolina.


As is usually the case, the laboratory that made the discovery was the human digestive system. Customers eating grocery store eggs or eating at restaurants got sick.

Since the eggs were distributed in Colorado, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina, and of course, North Carolina, it was challenging to connect the illnesses to the eggs and track down their source.

And with distribution to nine states, there are likely many egg-related sicknesses that have gone unreported.

The first referenced article below states "The Center for Disease Control estimates that salmonella infections cause about 1.2 million illnesses and 450 deaths every year in the United States. The vast majority are caused by contaminated foods."

Unfortunately, large scale and widely distributed food recalls due to poisonings are common in the U.S.

In fact, there is also a current salmonella outbreak with romaine lettuce. This time, 98 people have been sickened in 22 states.

The farm or farms causing the problem are still unknown at this time. The source appears to be in the Yuma region of Arizona. That area provides most of the country's romaine in the winter months.

It's clear that mass production followed by widespread distribution is fertile ground for spreading illnesses.

On the other hand, having our countryside dotted with small family farms supplying supermarkets, restaurants, and individual households allows much better control of the food supply. 

It worked 50 - 75 years ago and it would work again today.

Without question, food prices would be higher, although switching billions in taxpayer subsidies from corn/soy to real foods would help.

On the other hand, local economies would prosper from the recirculation of local food dollars. Small businesses of all sorts would flourish at the expense of huge corporations that now dominate the food sector.

Some things are worth paying more for. Food is one of them. How we collectively spend our money has more influence on our society than anything else we do.

We don't need new legislation for better food security. We simply need more consumers demanding and buying more local food. 

http://time.com/5241144/rose-acre-farms-eggs-recalled-salmonella-fears/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/romaine-lettuce-outbreak-98-people-sick-22-states-175713145.html



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Thanks so much for joining us on this amazing farming adventure!  God Bless You All!



Your Blessed & Thankful Farmers,
Paul and Joanne Mosher =)

 

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Holy Cow Farm Fresh Newsletter - 4/4/2018!

In this newsletter, you'll find the following:

  • On The Farm
  • What did YOU say?
  • Delivery Dates!--New Schedule!
  • Food for Thought:  
    • Six Easy Herbs to Grow and Enjoy


On the Farm

Okay, so we thought Spring was here.  But, despite the fresh dusting of snow on the ground, we all know it is coming.  The cold weather still doesn't slow down the abundance of life flourishing on the farm.  (However, the rain did slow down the picture taking, as you will notice, just what could be reached dry by zoom from the back porch.)  

The pigs take shelter more in their straw beds.  However, when the sun is shining or the wind lays, they are playing their pig games.  The hens still are laying their eggs.  The mama cows are still having their babies.  And, all of the animals are enjoying the green shoots of grass popping up.  

Later this month, the baby chicks will begin arriving in the mail.  And, our annual meat bird adventure will begin.  That is when the busy gets busier.  What a joy to have the little chicks though!  Even though, we still have some modifications to make to our chick brooder, and more chicken tractors to build, it will all work out just fine.

We are planning on more pastures and green cover this year.  More green grass, means that we will be getting more mouths to eat it.  So, we are on the hunt for more Grassfed calves and more Mama cows to have babies here on the farm.  If you haven't noticed our online inventory of beef is lower than it has ever been.  (Thank you--we appreciate that!)  So, we are doing what we can to remedy the situation.  However, raising beef well takes time, so hang in there with us.  But thankfully, we do have some nice beef that will be ready in a month or two.  

Our processing building is coming along.  Lord willing, it will be rolling in time for our first chicken harvest, in late May to early June.  All the guys have been working and have much completed.  I cannot tell you how much we have been blessed by so much help from customers, neighbors, friends, and family.  The heating was just finished up yesterday, with warm water circulating in the concrete from our wood boiler.  Today, the guys are installing a "cove" around the border where the floor meets the walls.  Then on the agenda is the interior paint, the processing room ceiling, installing windows and doors, electricity and lighting, final plumbing and septic, equipment and fixtures and cooling units, final details, and last but not least, inspections.  


Thank you so much for joining us on this amazing farming adventure!



What Did YOU Say?

Here's What YOU are saying:
 

Just visiting from California to see Grandma for her 90th birthday, passing through from town to town to see family while I'm here visiting my home state and finally got to stop at Holy Cow Farm Fresh! Mom has passed it for several years off the 421 and I am so glad we stopped, it saved us an out of the way trip to a far less superior store. Had I known Holy Cow was here since 2010 I would have been stopping here for years!
Let me start by saying the farm is beautiful! The cows look so healthy and happy in the pasture and even the family dog came by to say hi. The Mosher Family also couldn't have been sweeter and more helpful. They answered all our questions about the cuts of meats they have in their freezers and we left with not only steaks for dinner but beef bones for yummy broth and beef sticks for snacking on! They have great prices and a great overall experience for this beautiful patch of land! When I'm back in the Fall definitely going to check out their corn maze and pumpkin patch!
Thank you so much Holy Cow Farm Fresh! 
New customers for life!!!
     Paula Poortinga, 5-Star Facebook Review


Ordering Windows are OPEN until 3pm Today!!

Time to buy the farm fresh meats that you will use to provide healthy and delicious meals to your family.  And as requested, WE WILL BE DELIVERING TWICE (2X) A MONTH.

www.holycowfarmfresh.com


Delivery Dates

Deliveries to VALPARAISO--
1st & 3rd Thursday of the Month

FRIDAY, April 6th--Change in Schedule!
Thursday, April 19th
Thursday, May 3rd
Thursday, May 17th



 

Deliveries to LAFAYETTE, WEST LAFAYETTE,  ZIONSVILLE & CARMEL--
1st & 3rd Friday of the Month

Friday, April 6th
Friday, April 20th
Friday, May 4th
Friday, May 18th
 



Food For Thought:

Six Easy Herbs To Grow & Enjoy

When it comes to gardening, the biggest payout with the least investment and highest chance of success definitely goes to organic herbs.

They're easy to grow, require little space or effort, and are rarely bothered by bugs or diseases. They look good, taste good, smell good, and they save you money. You can even grow them in pots on a patio. What's not to like?!

Chives are a very hardy, no-bother perennial. They'll just keep growing for you. They're easy to dig up and subdivide, so the plants are easy to work with. Chives can be chopped up and incorporated into almost any recipe to add some zing.

And who can live without Basil? It's simple to grow once the weather is warm, but will not tolerate cold, and doesn't like to live indoors. Fortunately, it grows quickly, and when cut back, it sends out multiple shoots from the cut and grows even faster. The warm summer season is all it takes to stock your freezer with tasty pesto for the whole year, not to mention eating it fresh with anything tomato related, or mixed with the other herbs.

And then there's Oregano. It's another hardy perennial that's great to have fresh in season, and dried for use all throughout the winter. Greek oregano is the most popular for cooking and is the easiest to grow. Put one in a large pot and you'll have oregano for years.

Flat leaf Parsley is another useful herb, so it's worth growing your own. The plants are cheap to buy in early Spring. And if you put one in a pot, you can bring it inside near a window and have fresh parsley all winter long. It will likely go to seed in the Spring, but not before giving you a bounty.

How about Lemon Thyme? It's an easy-to-grow perennial you can use in most any dish where some lemony essence would be good. Immediately coming to mind are things like roast chicken, most seafood preparations, and adding an interesting flavor to olive oil.

And finally, everyone needs some type of Mint. It smells and looks great, it spices up steamed vegetables, it livens your fruit salads, it perks up your pesto, and of course, there's tea. In fact, you can add fresh mint leaves to all kinds of beverages, like lemonade, iced tea, juices and even iced water. WARNING - mint spreads and is hard to contain so keep it in a large pot or somewhere it's welcome!

In addition to the freshness advantage, growing your own herbs gives you certainty that they have not been chemically treated. So, for a small project with a large benefit, go ahead and grow those six herbs. You'll be happy you did.

Note from Joanne:  After reading this article, I am going to add this to my to do list.  How about you?

 (Not to Claim the Fame---The Previous article provided by our farmer newsletter service. )
 
 

www.holycowfarmfresh.com
 


Thanks so much for joining us on this amazing farming adventure!  God Bless You All!



Your Blessed & Thankful Farmers,
Paul and Joanne Mosher =)