Healthy Eating Newsletter - Holiday Edition
I was hopeful of getting a Thanksgiving newsletter out but with four fresh turkey pickup days the week before things got pretty crazy at the farm. We are thinking that next year we have more frozen turkeys available earlier in November and fewer fresh turkeys and long pickup lines the week before Thanksgiving.
And we have been very busy since getting the farm ready for winter, in particular moving most of our beef herd to our NEW FARM in WISCONSIN! That's right, after several years of looking for additional farmland to expand our grass fed beef and milk production we were very fortunate to find a beautiful 400 acre organic/pasture-based dairy farm in the rolling hills near Lake Geneva, Wisconsin that was formerly farmed by our friend and mentor Altfrid Krusenbaum for over 25 years. Anna and I will be splitting our time between the two farms next year but we have a great team at our Dundee location so nothing will change there.
This farmland is owned by the Yggdrasil Land Foundation and must be farmed in accordance with their strict standards requiring organic management and careful land and soil stewardship. Our plan is to use the new farm to raise more grass-fed beef, and produce our own organic hay for winter feeding of all the cows on both farms (we buy a lot of organic hay now). But, our big project on the new farm is to build a small creamery/bottling plant where we could process and bottle creamline (non-homogenized) grass fed/organic milk and yogurt from our A2 Guernsey cows and sell in our store, and possibly even make butter, ice cream, cottage cheese, and other dairy products from our own milk. It has long been our dream to have our own creamery and this farm has great infrastructure and a nice building that we can use for that purpose. More coming in the new year as we make progress on the creamery.
FARM STORE UPDATE
As always our terrific Farm Store Manager Molly has been searching out new local and organic food items to offer in the store alongside the milk, beef, pork, chicken, and eggs we produce on the farm. Some highlights and recent items added to the store shelves and coolers include:
Grass fed lamb from our former intern Lucas Gully, he now has his own farming operation near Madison.
We have a limited number of turkeys left over from Thanksgiving for those that can't get enough
Smoked half hams from our last batch of big piggies - coming in this weekend.
Several varieties of organic potatoes from Igl Farms in Wisconsin.
Frozen apple and pumpkin pies from Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago
And some great holiday gift ideas include:
Handmade gift sets from Mion Artisan Soap
Good selection of books on food, nutrition, gardening, and health including Grass Fed Gourmet Cookbook, Art of Fermentation, Natural Beekeeping, and more.
All Grass Farms Gift Cards - available in values of $10, $25, $50, and $100 for online purchase. Order the $100 gift card now and get a $15 bonus card free.
Please note our holiday store hours for this year, we will close at 4 PM on Christmas Eve, be closed on Christmas Day, and close at 4 PM on New Year's Eve. Normal store hours on New Year's Day.
HEALTH NOTES - TIPS FOR BOOSTING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
With the COVID-19 virus spreading everywhere and now the seasonal flu upon us, I see very little in the news about the best protection you have against viruses, colds, illnesses and chronic diseases - a healthy immune system!
A healthy immune system can counteract sources of stress in your body, including pathogens that can make you sick, so eating foods with certain vitamins, such as A, B and C, as well as minerals will help optimize your ability to fight off illness, as will optimizing your vitamin D level
While your body is gaining the benefits of optimal nutrition, there are also foods you want to avoid — beginning with sugar — because they compromise your immune system and weaken your gut health
B vitamins are good for boosting your immunity, and they’re especially effective when you combine foods containing them so they can all work together for maximum effect
To keep your immune system functioning at its best, some of the most effective strategies include avoiding sugar, sleeping well, minimizing stress and including fiber and probiotics in your meal regimens
Vitamin D plays a big part in immune health and can be found in limited quantities in raw grass fed milk, wild-caught Alaskan salmon and organic pastured eggs, but the ideal way to optimize your levels is via sunshine
To read the full article please click through to Dr. Mercola's website here.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH - CHRISTMAS BEEF ROAST
With cold weather upon us a nice beef roast in the oven is the perfect way to warm up the house with savory scents:
3 Lb. Sirloin Tip or Round Roast
1/4 cup prepared horseradish
1 tablespoon seas salt
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
1/2 tablespoon black pepper
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1/2 tablespoon sherry vinegar or apple cider vinegar
Preheat over to 375 degrees. Set roast on a rack in roasting pan.
Mix herbs and seasonings to form a paste and evenly coat roast. Place roast in oven for approximately 1.5 hours or until internal temperature reaches 125 degrees. Remove and rest for 20 minutes.
Slice thinly and serve with pan gravy and mashed potatoes.
Thanks to all of our loyal customers that have supported us get through this crazy year, best wishes to all for a happy AND healthy holiday season. I will try to get more posts out in the coming months as we start incorporating the new farm into our operations. My goal is one per month at least. We look forward to seeing everyone in the store soon.
Cliff, Anna, and the Farm Team