Oct 01 2011

Visiting Your Family Cow connects us with the Shank family.
They work hard to provide our family with pure nutrient food.

One of our favorite stops on our trips to Pennsylvania is Your Family Cow Eco-farm owned and operated by Edwin and Dawn Shank and their energetic family. We love the high fat milk from their Jersey cows, the nicely stocked farm store and the attractive milking barn and home. The Shanks are generational farmers and their farm know how shows everywhere you look. The clean, welcoming barn and the nicely tended cows and calves attest to the love with which the Shanks mind their herd.

The Your Family Cow farm store is inviting and offers a wide
selection of organic foods. We enjoy grass fed beef, free
range chickens and their eggs in addition to ham and sausage.

When we drive up early in the morning, we know our breakfast will be soon be selected straight from Your Family Cow milk, cheese and bakery coolers. Often, we buy a gallon of “raw” or real milk, as I prefer to say, and some of Dawn’s fresh made baked goods, usually including her world famous pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. There are always many tempting products for sale, all local to the area if not directly harvested from the Shank’s own acreage.

Dawn Shank, her fresh baked pies and baked goods
are well known to our family and friends.

This last visit, we were delighted to find fresh peach pies in the cheese cooler on the baked goods shelf. The pies vary in size as some are very small 3-4 inches, maybe, and the others are full size pies. We buy the smaller ones to eat on the road with everyone getting their own mini-pie…they are SO CUTE! And, then we buy full size pies to give out to friends and neighbors at home.

Your Family Cow grass fed beef sticks in Hot, Sweet or
Pepper flavors are a welcomed, tasty substitute for the
unhealthy chemical additives found in other beef snacks.

The treats are varied in selection, but consistently high in quality. The Shanks are devoted proponents of the Weston A. Price Foundation way of life, so the food offered for sale is nutrient dense and organic, both in content and preparation. If you also enjoy an organic lifestyle, you’ll know it’s true organic food is slightly more expensive, but that you eat less of it, because there are more nutrients in each bite. Considering living with increased health, fewer medical bills and heightened productivity, organic food is a bargain.

Real Milk is allowed to be sold in Pennsylvania stores. Grass
pastured cows and clean milking conditions produce clean,
nutritious “LIVE” milk unlike factory farms with cramped,
dirty cows whose dirty milk needs to be pasteurized.

The stars of Your Family Cow show, however, are the beautiful Jersey cows themselves, mothers of the milk produced by Your Family Cow. Jersey cows are known for their milk having a high cream content. They have the loveliest coats…or is that hides?…and their charming faces are endearing. Their large dark eyes have long eyelashes, so long , they look like the lashes on animals in the cartoons.  Whenever we visit, the cows make good use of their eyelashes, batting them up and down as they watch us from the fields and milking barn.

“Clover, don’t you think more people would drink the
milk their great grandparents grew up on if they
read about how nutritious it is?”

“Yes, Violet, I do.  They should read Nourishing Traditions
  by Sally Fallon of the Weston A. Price Foundation.
It’s a book we sell right here at Your Family Cow!”

When it comes to feeding your mind and body, what you see is what you get. At Your Family Cow in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, there’s plenty to see and even more to take home and enjoy!

 

This well-researched, thought-provoking guide to traditional foods contains a startling message: Animal fats and cholesterol are not villains but vital factors in the diet, necessary for normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease and optimum energy levels. Sally Fallon dispels the myths of the current low-fat fad in this practical, entertaining guide to a can-do diet that is both nutritious and delicious.

 

Nourishing Traditions will tell you:

1.Why your body needs old fashioned animal fats
2. Why butter is a health food
3. How high-cholesterol diets promote good health
4. How saturated fats protect the heart
5. How rich sauces help you digest and assimilate your food
6. Why grains and legumes need special preparation to provide optimum benefits
7. About enzyme-enhanced food and beverages that can provide increased energy and vitality
8. Why high-fiber, lowfat diets can cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies

Topics include the health benefits of traditional fats and oils (including butter and coconut oil); dangers of vegetarianism; problems with modern soy foods; health benefits of sauces and gravies; proper preparation of whole grain products; pros and cons of milk consumption; easy-to-prepare enzyme enriched condiments and beverages; and appropriate diets for babies and children.

To preview Nourishing Traditions, hover your mouse over this link:

 

Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats



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Sep 17 2011

Amish and Mennonite farms present their
fall finery in tempting displays.

It’s always a shock when I wake up and realize summer’s over. It hit me today when I saw the first changing leaves. Tips of color on an otherwise summer-green tree. Sigh. It is so hard to say goodbye. I use to wait to say goodbye until I finally had to quit wearing flip-flops, but now I don’t wear flip-flops in summer and so, the move to autumn is less defined. Now I have to count on the trees to show me that time is passing. And, in that case, there is no denying the transition. It’s not subjective or based on personal preference anymore. I can’t push the envelope. When tree leaves are turning red and orange, the time to move into fall has come.

The very first bits of fall color are noticeable

on Saturday, September 17, 2011

Our drive to Pennsylvania was trying therefore, at  least it was after I noticed the tree with the color. But, putting that to the back of my mind, I had a really great time otherwise. We go to Pennsylvania to save money on food and get the best value for our money.  We buy directly from farmers to get the best food at the lowest price and it is a pleasure that enhances this time of year when winter is coming and the air is just starting to get chilled.

A fall palette of chrysanthemums waits for adoptive gardens.

After we were introduced to the teachings of Weston A. Price in 2007, we started driving to Pennsylvania to get milk, dairy products and organically grown fruits and vegetables off the farms. All of the products were so much better than we could buy at the store and we established personal relationships with the farm families. We quickly learned eating from growers we knew was comforting, because we knew exactly how our food was grown.

It always amazes me how people will fuss about having just the right designer label on their clothing, but stop for fast food to save money. Isn’t what we put into our bodies much more important than what we put on them? Food can build your body up or tear your body down. Learn to choose good, nutrient dense food for you and your family. You’ll find that, in addition to being nutritive, organic food is like medicine. It can restore and heal.

“Larksong” is the name of the organic dairy farm

in Ohio’s Holmes County owned and worked by David

and Elsie Kline with members of their family.

If you have an interest in the organic way of life, consider reviewing this lovely book illustrating the richness of living and eating organically by hovering over the link below:

Letters from Larksong: An Amish Naturalist Explores His Organic Farm

One reader review on Amazon comments:

“One key to sustainable farming, Kline says, is to “romance our children into farming,” and the key to that is to make it both profitable and fun. The Klines have managed that balancing act for generations. It requires deep knowledge of the land. So, for example, they plan their haying to allow bobolinks and vesper sparrows time to build nests, lay eggs, and raise families in the field. “Our goal is to see flying young bobolinks while we’re mowing the field,” Kline reports. They’ve seen as many as 45 singing bobolink males in twelve-acres.”

This is a beautiful book.



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Nov 11 2010

The 2010 Weston A. Price Foundation Conference will be held this weekend in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. It is well worth the trip and, if you have an interest in attending, you will find information here. I haven’t introduced the Weston A. Price Foundation to you as yet, and I should as it plays a big part in our family home lives, especially our health.

The Weston A. Price Foundation has a very informative web site that will startle you in its determined flow of information. Point by point, Weston A. Price and his followers explain that much of what is relayed to us by the medical profession about the dangers of eating fat is simply not true. We all need fat, good clean, organic, grass fed animal fat in order to be well and thrive. But, let me share the opening paragraphs from the foundation’s web site as these words better tell the story:

The Weston A. Price Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity founded in 1999 to disseminate the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price, whose studies of isolated nonindustrialized peoples established the parameters of human health and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets. Dr. Price’s research demonstrated that humans achieve perfect physical form and perfect health generation after generation only when they consume nutrient-dense whole foods and the vital fat-soluble activators found exclusively in animal fats.

The Foundation is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism. It supports a number of movements that contribute to this objective including accurate nutrition instruction, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, community-supported farms, honest and informative labeling, prepared parenting and nurturing therapies. Specific goals include establishment of universal access to clean, certified raw milk and a ban on the use of soy formula for infants.

The Foundation seeks to establish a laboratory to test nutrient content of foods, particularly butter produced under various conditions; to conduct research into the “X Factor,” discovered by Dr. Price; and to determine the effects of traditional preparation methods on nutrient content and availability in whole foods.

The board and membership of the Weston A. Price Foundation stand united in the belief that modern technology should be harnessed as a servant to the wise and nurturing traditions of our ancestors rather than used as a force destructive to the environment and human health; and that science and knowledge can validate those traditions.

The Foundation’s quarterly journal, Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and the Healing Arts, is dedicated to exploring the scientific validation of dietary, agricultural and medical traditions throughout the world. It features illuminating and thought-provoking articles on current scientific research; human diets; non-toxic agriculture; and holistic therapies. The journal also serves as a reference for sources of foods that have been conscientiously grown and processed.

If you are concerned about your health, and who isn’t nowadays, visit the Weston A. Price website by clicking here and you will be amazed by the highly documented information explaining that, basically, much of what you are being told about fat consumption is wrong and leads to poor health, if not premature aging and death. We found that many of our physical complaints were not illnesses, but rather the effects of chronic malnutrition from eating poor quality foods and avoiding fats like we had been told to do most of our lives.

The information is very sobering and so intense it is hard to absorb at first. Perhaps this is one of those “you have to try it to believe it” cases. I can tell you this, however, our family was transformed by switching to the principles in January of 2009 and we believe we will have years of good health because of it. Of course, as always, just because this way of living works for us doesn’t mean it will work for you. Please consider the advice of your doctor and the medical profession before deciding what’s right for you and your family.



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Nov 10 2010

Today is the 235th anniversary
of the beginning of the Marine Corps
during the Revolutionary War.

Every year, on November 10, the United States Marine Corps celebrates its birthday with formal dances and the cutting of birthday cakes with sabers. It is the highlight of the year and today is the day!

Underway on the open ocean during the Persian Gulf War, 1990.
The side of the USS Guam, an amphibious assault ship, now
retired, decommissioned 25 August 1998.

When shots were fired at Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts on April 19, 1775, Continental Army generals realized they would need to fight a naval war to keep Britain from re-establishing control. In the fall of that year, plans to formally create a fighting force based on the water took hold and it was…

“Resolved, That two Battalions of marines be raised, consisting of one Colonel, two Lieutenant Colonels, two Majors, and other officers as usual in other regiments; and that they consist of an equal number of privates with other battalions; that particular care be taken, that no persons be appointed to office, or enlisted into said Battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve to advantage by sea when required; that they be enlisted and commissioned to serve for and during the present war between Great Britain and the colonies, unless dismissed by order of Congress: that they be distinguished by the names of the first and second battalions of American Marines, and that they be considered as part of the number which the continental Army before Boston is ordered to consist of. Ordered, That a copy of the above be transmitted to the General.”…as written by the Second Continental Congress on November 10, 1775.

USS Nassau as seen from the USS Guam in port.
Rota, Spain March 1991.

Today, any Marine and their family recognizes the Marine Corps Birthday by thinking of the goals of the Corps and the dreams, some fulfilled and others lost in sacrifice, of every young Marine. It is a sobering moment to remember all the battles fought and time served by those who have proudly worn the Eagle, Globe and Anchor emblem. Today, especially, if you know a Marine or see one when you’re out and about, thank them for their service to our Country and be sure and wish them a Happy Birthday!



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