Holy Cow Farm Fresh Newsletter - 8/1/2017!
In this newsletter, you'll find the following:
- On The Farm
- What did YOU say?
- Delivery Dates!
- Food for Thought:
- Looking Back at Food - Part 1
- How Organic is Your Organic Milk?
On the Farm
All is rolling here on the farm!
Well, we did survive the White County 4-H Fair!
It was exhausting, but we all had fun, learned much, and the kids were rewarded for some of their had work and perseverance. Our kids do their projects on their own, with occasionally guidance from us, so let this proud mama brag on them just a bit. Gracey's Flowers and Levi's Geology were both Grand Champion projects and will be going to the State Fair. Caleb won the Ag Tractor Driving Contest (again) and got 3rd in the Lawn and Garden Tractor Contest. He will be representing our County at the District Contest this week. Gracey and her pony, Bella, won their first contesting trophy together in Flags. Caleb won some contesting trophies in Barrels, Flags, and Poles with his horse, Chrissy, Caleb also got Grand Champion on his Wheat Crop. Levi excelled at Shooting Sports this year -- Winning the ultimate prize, Supreme Marksman, as well as a Safety Award, Champion Advanced Shotgun, Champion Advanced Archery, Reserve Champion Advanced Handgun, and the New Champion of the Hot Dog Eating Contest. Caleb also got 2 Reserve Champions and a Safety Award in Shooting Sports. And last, but not least, Ellee got 3 Blue Ribbons for her Mini-Projects. There were other projects and other awards, but if I (Joanne) carry on too long, you will quit reading. They also had projects that were not winners, which is good. So, all in all, it was a good fair. (Okay, I will begin to step down from my proud mama bench now. But just giving credit where it is due...our kids work hard in 4H, and they work hard year round here on the farm. We couldn't do what we do, raising so much good food for you and us, if it were not for our 4 kids. They do soooo much. So thanks for humoring me for a bit.)
Back at the Farm, everything is in full swing. Thankfully, the grass is still green and growing, as well as the crops. We are in the midst of harvesting hay for the coming winter, both small square bales and large round bales. Our pumpkins are growing. And, our corn maze is getting closer to being complete.
The animals are all doing well and growing. The large cows were lounging around the water hole today. And the humidity kept the pigs hiding in the shade. We will be getting more egg layer and meat bird chicks soon, as well as beautiful turkey chicks. We will be harvesting more grain-finished beef this month, as well as more pork and yes--meat chickens! Levi is discussing starting to breed and raise some Red Waddle and Tamworth pigs, both Heritage Breeds. He will use some of his money from selling his pig at the 4H Auction to start his new project.
Our building project on our processing facility, took a back burner these past few weeks. But, we will be at it again.
Plan on coming on our to the Farm to visit us on a Friday or Saturday this fall mid-September (that's next month already) through October. We will be hosting our 2nd Annual Corn Maze, Pork Burgers, Farm Tours, Pumpkin Patch, Petting Farm, Hay Rides, and just good ol' family fun!
Thank you so much for joining us on this amazing farming adventure!
What Did YOU Say?
Here's What YOU are saying:
"Their great stewardship has led to great food and relationships! With increased knowledge about our food in recent years, combined with my love of animals (my Grandpa was a cattle farmer with hogs and chickens on the farm as well), I began to make more informed decisions about what our family eats -- and from where it comes. The 3 top priorities for me when searching for our meat provider included 1) cleanly raised animals - no chemically treated or GMO feed 2) all animals humanely raised - no feed lots, they need to be pasture raised, well treated and respected as the gifts they are and 3) location - I wanted locally raised so we would be eating the freshest and have the shortest list of hands that it passes through before our table. Holy Cow Farm meets all 3 of my requirements! But also so much more- because of their delivery option, I have gotten the opportunity to meet and frequently chat with Joanne and Paul and a couple of their children. I admire their values and they have gained my trust as good stewards of the animals they raise. Our family favorites include their grass fed, as well as grain finished, ground beef! We buy it both in bulk and in premade patties for those days that we just need to quickly pull a meal together. We gobble up their eggs sometimes faster than they can keep them in stock (those girls have less productive times of years due to weather) and I currently have a roaster chicken thawing for tomorrow as I type! I should note, that a few years ago when I began buying from HCFF, their son Caleb was interested in raising chickens. I believe he started with his own money and his parents full support. I loved that the family supported this young son's vision-- so I started buying his eggs when they first started to produce. Now, I buy several dozen each month -- they just don't get any better! Nothing in a grocery store will ever compare! While those are our staples, I can also recommend the various sausages, kabobs, and skirt steaks!" Kim Lunato, Zionsville "We have been using Holy Cow farms for the past 2 years. Their products and services are always of the highest caliber. My husband and I are probably not their traditional type of customer. We are very busy 'empty-nesters' with few mouths to feed these days. We do not purchase the large quantities of meat products that we did in years past. Also, as much as we hate to admit it, we are at a time of our lives where we need to cut back on meat consumption. Maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight levels is a daily challenge. As a result, when we DO eat meat, it is important that we don't squander the opportunity. Holy Cow products always deliver healthy and delicious choices. Here are our favorites:
Their on-line ordering and curb-side delivery service are perfect for us. Every order has magically appeared on my door-step exactly as requested. This is truly the meaning of 'Farm to Fork'. It could not be any more direct from Holy Cow Farms to MY fork!" Laurel B., Battleground, IN
- Caleb's eggs and Canadian bacon: There is nothing better than Eggs Benedict for brunch.
- Porterhouse steak: One thick cut steak is a meal for the two of us. Medium rare is the way to go.
- Beef brisket: We LOVE these but for us alone, they are too huge. As a result, we invite friends over and make an evening of it. Just wonderful.
Do you have a testimonial for us? Just shoot us an email. This farming stuff can be hard stuff, so we love your encouragement!
Ordering Windows are OPEN!!
Time to buy the farm fresh meats that you will use to provide healthy and delicious meals to your family all month long.
Deliveries to VALPARAISO--
The First THURSDAY of Every Month
August 3rd--IN 2 DAYS!!
Deliveries to LAFAYETTE, WEST LAFAYETTE, ZIONSVILLE & CARMEL--
The First FRIDAY of Every Month
August 4th --IN 3 DAYS--Order by 11 am eastern time tomorrow (Wednesday), August 2nd
Great News--Frozen Meats keep All Month Long! So make sure you don't miss out on good meals for your family all month long. Plan now and order your month's worth of farm fresh meats for delivery. A final thought: If households would shift just $15 - $20 per week ($60-$80/month) from supermarkets to local food producers, your families would be healthier AND small farms would prosper. That's voting with your wallet in a way that matters. Do not be deceived, YOU are powerful!
Food For Thought:
Looking Back At Food - Part 1
Let’s turn back the calendar and reflect on how food, history and inventions have affected us in the first half of the twentieth century.(Facts are from The Century in Food, by Beverly Bundy.)
1900-1909: Nabisco (National Biscuit Company) introduces Barnum’s Animal Crackers. They are marketed just before Christmas in paper boxes with white string so they can be hung from decorated trees. Hershey’s kisses are introduced. They will be made continually except during WW II when foil is rationed. Half of all Americans live either on the country’s six million farms or in towns of fewer than 2,500 people.
1910-1919: Alfred Mellowes invents the first electric refrigerator. For homes lacking refrigeration, Kraft cheese in tins and evaporated milk in cans are now available. California-grown lettuce, tomatoes, watermelon, asparagus, and cantaloupes could now be shipped 3,000 miles away in refrigerated railcars.
1920-1929: Wonder bread is introduced. The Popsicle is patented. On a farm in McAllen, Texas, the ruby red variety of grapefruit is discovered. Gerber introduces canned baby food.
1930-1939: For fruits and vegetables, the average distance between where they are grown and where they are sold is 1,500 miles. Birdseye introduces frozen foods. Bisquick and Spam hit the market.
1940-1949: The first Dairy Queen opens in Joliet, IL. M&M’s become part of GI rations. Twenty million Victory Gardens are established as vegetables become scarce. Metal, paper, silk, nylon, and rubber are collected for the troops while flour, canned foods, sugar and coffee are rationed until the end of WW II. After the war, supermarkets flourish due to the rise of suburbia and availability of refrigeration. Families were ready to embrace time-saving appliances and convenience foods.
How Organic Is Your Organic Milk?
To be labeled "organic", food products must to be produced under a set of rules and regulations that are intended to guarantee a high quality product. After certification has been achieved, an annual inspection by a third party certifying agency is required.
Organic products typically bring a higher price to compensate the producer for extra costs in adhering to the rules. In the case of organic milk, the price is often double that of conventionally raised milk. However, in return for that higher price, organic milk usually contains about 25% less omega-6 fats and about 60% more of the healthy omega-3 fats. In addition, unlike the typical CAFO situation, the cows from an organic dairy are supposed to have free access to certified organic pastures for the entire grazing season.
Unfortunately, the product and the production methods don't always live up to the labeling. The Washington Post recently featured an investigation of Aurora Organic Dairy in Colorado. They have over 15,000 cows on about 6,000 acres and provide organic store brands to corporations like Wal-Mart, Target, Costco and others.
It turns out that Aurora Organic Dairy uses loopholes in the pasturing rules to greatly restrict the time animals are on pasture. On 8 visits to the dairy during August, September and October 2016, the investigators reported that most of the cows were primarily found in the feedlot locations. At no point in the 8 visits were more than 10% of the cows seen on the farm's pastures. And the certifying agency conducted the annual inspection in November, after the typical grazing season.
When questioned, an Aurora spokeswoman told the Post, "The requirements of the USDA National Organic Program allow for an extremely wide range of grazing practices that comply with the rule."
Lab testing was conducted, comparing Aurora's milk with other 5 other organic milks, plus two conventional milk brands. The tests showed that Aurora's milk much more closely resembled the conventionally raised milk than the other organic brands. That's not surprising since grazing cows selecting their own greens is what leads to the high nutritional values.
In 2015, the Post visited seven other large organic dairies in Texas and New Mexico. They found that most of the cows were kept in feedlots rather than on pasture. Furthermore, a Cornucopia investigation of 14 huge organic dairies, complete with aerial photographs and satellite imagery, showed very few cows on pasture.
The take-home message is that when you don't have any connection with the farmer, you are totally at the mercy of strangers when buying food for your family. A better alternative is to buy from local farms, organic or not, after confirming for yourself that their methods and beliefs match yours. As always, know your farmer, know your food.
I watched this video, and you should too. See https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/why-your-organic-milk-may-not-be-organic/2017/05/01/708ce5bc-ed76-11e6-9662-6eedf1627882_story.html
(Not to Claim the Fame---The Previous two articles provided by our farmer newsletter service. )
Thanks so much for joining us on this amazing farming adventure! God Bless You All!
Your Blessed & Thankful Farmers,
Paul and Joanne Mosher =)