Salt Water Farm in Maine

Oct 20 2013

Along Maine’s pristine coast, there’s a true farm-to-table heaven on earth, called Salt Water Farm. At the end of the summer, on a fantastic trip to the state I have a deep and quite child-like crush on, I visited Annemarie Ahearn’s farm/cooking school and brand new café in midcoast Maine. Lincolnville is home to the peaceful farm where fruits, vegetables, and culinary and medicinal plants grow right up on the coastline in the salty air, overlooking the deep blue Penobscot Bay. The charming cooking school is also on the farm, where Annemarie and local instructors as well as guest chefs from across the world teach classes and 3-day workshops to students seeking a precious culinary experience. … Read On »

Happy Pasture-Raised Chickens Make the World’s Best Eggs

Jul 10 2013

I recently had the pleasure of touring Coyote Creek Organic Farm and Feed Mill in Elgin, Texas with their general manager, Cameron Molberg. Here I saw chickens living in luxury, out on the pasture, taking shelter in protected mobile coops, including shade structures, and get this – refreshing misters to keep them cool on the hottest of Texas days. The coops are moved periodically so that the chickens will forage for bugs and groom the grass, plus their poop fertilizes the soil on this diversified farm where livestock will graze the pasture and eat the replenished grasses. To ensure a healthy diet for chickens and optimal nutrient profile for the eggs they produce, Coyote Creek carefully turns mostly local grains and supplements into feed through the first certified organic feed mill in Texas and one of the few in the US. They even have a soy-free formula and sell soy-free eggs, which ‘real foodies’ like me appreciate. … Read On »

Why Grass-Fed Beef is Better – For Us, the Cows & the Environment

Apr 20 2013

Here’s some phenomenal news that really changed my life for the better: beef from cows roaming a spacious pasture, out in the sunshine, eating fresh green grass and hay as cows were meant to do, is very nutritious and can be an integral part of a balanced, nourishing diet.

There’s strong evidence and so many real-life stories extolling the benefits of grass fed beef, and I wish I could share it all. I’m very passionate about debunking the prevalent myths about an animal food that truly provides sustenance and healing. I really could go on for days! But, I’ll stick with an overview of the differences between grass-fed and conventional beef– touching on the ways animals are raised, the food they eat, and the health benefits of beef from cows raised on the pasture.

Animal Quality of Life

It’s no surprise that many people are compelled to give up meat when they realize how deplorable the conditions are for animals raised in factory farms or confined animal feed lots. … Read On »