There has been some questions this week about how organic is your food? Is the beef truly grass-fed? Are my eggs and meat really from happy pastured chickens? These questions are important to me. When we first started using food as medicine I did not have all these concerns. I focused on just eating real food and getting better. Now that eating real is our normal I have time to focus on where my food comes from. I prefer to buy local and directly from my farmer whenever possible.
I am lucky to live in a great little Oregon town where we have a year round farmer’s market. Central Oregon Locavore is a great non-profit set up to bring the people and farmers together in one nice storefront. All their meat, cheese and eggs are local. The first time we went in I asked about volunteer opportunities. I got a booklet of local farmer’s to buy direct from and we found a great organization called WWOLF:Willing Workers on Local Farms. Every month they go to a local farm and help the farmer with a project. We signed up for their next day at Rainshadow Organics. I also signed up to help at the market. Ella and I volunteer together. I love teaching her about giving back to the community!
Our 1st day at Rainshadow Organic’s was cold and snowy. We got out there in the morning with gloves on and ready to do whatever Sarahlee asked. Ella and I starting by tearing down a greenhouse. Andy was elected to put together an old walk in cooler, that would grow mushrooms. We all worked for a couple hour’s and then Sarahlee’s mom served a delicious homemade vegan potato soup. After lunch we spread chicken poop all over the garden beds preparing them for Spring planting.
The walk in cooler was a big job. It was not finished when it was time to leave. My Husband the sweetheart that he is offered to stay and finish. We talked with Sarahlee about their work share. You help pick their weekly CSA and bring home one for yourself. YES please! We have eaten the best organic produce all Summer. It was a great opportunity for Andy to learn real life farm skills for when we have our own homestead.
All our hard work payed off. The walk in makes tasty mushrooms and the garden fed people well all summer. All with no yucky chemicals. The chicken poop Ella and I spread grew nutritious real food. With no negative effects on the earth or people. Another win win in my opinion.
Dr. Wahls paleo diet includes 9 cups of vegetables a day. We eat all organic and that can get expensive. I feel blessed to have had this workshare opportunity. These greens have brought me health and happiness.
Carrot day out at Rainshadow. Ella and I love it when we get invited to the farm. This was back in October. They had a ton of extra carrots literally a ton. Our job was to pull out the carrots and sort them. We were looking for the perfect carrot that will be next years seed. We sorted some for her weekly CSA boxes and the rest were for us and a local food bank.
Carrot’s anyone? We have some extra’s. Our friend suggested packing the carrots in a cooler around sand. They are supposed to last all winter. I will let you know this spring how it worked.
Today we went out to snap some picture’s of our rancher’s cattle. Paul and Pam love there animals. Every cow has a name and is cherished. I can not remember all there names, there were so many. Paul knew them all and had a story about each one. This gal was going into heat for the first time and was a little rambunctious!
This here is their favorite cow. She was a big sweetheart and had some special health challenges. Most rancher’s would put her down but now she is their pet cow. When I would scratch her she would lean into me and snuggle up. I think you can see the love I have for her in my smile!
I understand the vegan movement. I am not cool with animal cruelty either. I only want to eat meat from animals who lived a natural life-like I do. I only eat the food that is designed for my body and keeps me healthy. I want the same for the animals that feed me. When I learned that the beef industry uses so many antibiotics because the cattle are sick due to all the grains they are fed I opted out of that type of meat. I see the feed lot animals being like me. I ate an unnatural diet and became very sick. Yes I got Lyme Disease a terrible bacteria. I believe it took over my brain because I was not healthy. Once I treated my whole body with real nutritious food and healed my gut my immune system was able to heal me.
Happy grass-fed cows make happy healthy people!
Paul and Pam made sure to bring us up to the main house to see the mama of the cow we have in our freezer. She is a big black beaut!!!! There is one of her babies behind her, our cow’s sister. Paul is always interested in knowing if we could cut our sirloin with a butter knife. If not he will not breed the same two cows again. He did good I had the sirloin with a butter knife!
The very first thing we thawed out last month when we got our cow share was ground beef. The butcher laughed at me saying most people want steaks. We had been out of ground beef for a few months and I wanted a burger! This full freezer of nutrient dense food makes me feel content. We have a lot of respect and love for our farmer’s. Ella brought them out one of her homemade Christmas ornaments as a thank you. Paul and Pam invited her back and just sent her a thank you note for the ornament.
My favorite place to get eggs is our backyard. This winter our gals stopped laying early. I can not eat eggs so we figured we would be fine without them. Three weeks later Ella needed some pumpkin muffins and I went on a search. We found Bear Creek Farm. A small sustainable farm that raises heritage breed turkeys, chickens and sheep. There Jacob sheep are very handsome animals.
I timed it this week when I went to pick up two dozen eggs. It takes me twenty-three minutes to get there and home. She leaves her eggs in the mailbox I leave money and a couple of grain free treats. I told you I love my farmer’s! Real true pastured eggs I feel good about in less than 30 minutes. We have a good rotation going, I swear I do not spend all my time acquiring food. My freezer is full of beef, we get veggies once a week and eggs twice a month. I almost forgot about one of my favorite local products my organic coffee!
I do love my coffee. I have done an elimination with coffee and I do great with two cups a day. Sometimes I over indulge we all have our weakness. Mine is really good roasted dark coffee. We have all heard in the paleo world about coffee beans having mold/mycotoxins. I have noticed some coffee even organic gives me a headache. I looked for a local roaster and asked if his beans were clean. He was not aware of the issue but assured me his beans were not moldy. I am hooked we buy 5 pounds at a time. Thank you Bonsai Beans. You can find them online or at Central Oregon Locavore. Buying local feels good and supports a food industry that works. The best way to let companies know what you want is with your dollar. Please spend wisely show them you want real food!!!
Leaning Pine Ranch. Prineville, Oregon. no website
Remember you are what you eat think and feel, be kind and real! Beth
*** New Years Eve Dinner 2014. Grass fed tenderloin form Leaning Pine Ranch, mashed sweet potatoes and Brussels sprout.