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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Sep 07 2010

Please show me another manufacturing process where
the ease and low cost of production have been more
important than the QUALITY
of the product produced.

It’s true. I can’t think of one manufactured item where the quality of the product is never evaluated in conversation. Only with the foods we eat, especially unpasteurized, non-homogenized real milk, do people say, “Organic food costs too much” or “Grass fed milk is so expensive” without mentioning the taste, nutritive quality and comparative health benefits of the organic food vs. conventional food.

You will never hear someone say, “Well, my new car conked out this morning and I couldn’t get to work, but that’s OK, the production line in Kentucky saved thousands of dollars and made far more cars using those methods, so I didn’t mind walking and catching a bus the rest of the way.”

No, you would never hear that. But, everyday, I am with people who are coughing and sneezing, itching, and complaining about their quality of life, never once considering their health is not going to be any better than what they eat, drink and breathe.

People spend more time evaluating the new car they are going to purchase, than they do the foods and beverages they unthinkingly place in their mouths for consumption. If they stopped to evaluate the nutritional content of foods and the toxicity of the pesticide, chemical laden foods they are eating, they would reassess their priorities. They would think twice about being so cavalier with their bodies and futures, and more importantly the bodies and futures of their children.

If you don’t carry anything else away from the Sunbonnet Smart web site, please believe that non-organic foods are bad for you and that only free range animals raised in a natural habitat and fed species specific foods are good for you.

Look at the advertising postcard above. It was mailed to a farmer in Pennsylvania in 1959. This card advertises GLF Feed (Grange League Federation) which would be some sort of grain. Grain is not a species specific food for cows. Cows don’t naturally eat grain. They eat grass. A cow will eat grain, even though it is not good for her because she is hungry, especially if that is all she has. I can understand that. I would do it myself if I were a cow, no hard feelings. Big tummies need to be filled.

But nowhere on the card can you read about how the milk tastes or how good it is for humans to consume. The product evaluation is not addressed. Very strange when you think of it. The information is all about production, how much you can get the cow to produce, how much and how fast, but no information about the QUALITY of the product.

Let me provide the above writing in BIG TYPE for those with reading glasses like mine:


“The queen of living Holsteins and ALL-TIME ALL-BREED LIFETIME PRODUCTION CHAMPION. The folks on the Clark Bowen farm at Wellsboro, PA, call her “Old Nit.” By mid-summer she had produced 293,273 lbs. of milk and 10,538 lbs. of fat on G.L.F. Super Feeds with corn silage and mow-cured hay.”

“The same feeding program that made a champion goes for the entire herd as well. G.L.F. Super Feeds have helped Clark Bowen lead the state of Pennsylvania in average herd production for seven of the last eight years.”

“Your local G.L.F. Service Agency can provide you with the same high quality formulas – a full line to fit your special need, by the bag or money saving bulk. Call your G.L.F. man today…for more milk and a better cow left.”

Well, a least there is some regard for Old Nit shown in the last line. She’s, as they say, the cash cow, but there is not much regard shown for us, the people drinking the milk as a result of all this production.

If you have an interest in improving your quality of life through the foods you eat, hover your mouse over Real Food: What to Eat and Why

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