Tuesday, August 28, 2012

What makes the work worth it?

We have been gone for a family emergency for 2 weeks,  just back last night.  Today I am reminded why this farming life is so worth it. Accidentally running into a few customers in town, being met with exuberant smiles and hugs., hearing the excitement that deliveries are resuming thus week.. .. Wow.  It is heartwarming.  Our customer''s  appreciation truly does make the hard work worthwhile. 

What a blessing it is to be able to be a farmer,  meeting people's desperate need for decent food and health.  Its not just a business,  not just a Career, this life is a calling.

Its good to be home!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Delivery service paused for a short time

We regret to announce that we will not be able to do deliveries this Saturday to the medford area., and possibly not the ed following week to Ashland.  We have s had a family emergency that required our full attention for a short while.

Please feel free to come by the farm for pickup of products from the on farm store.  Supplies of some products are limited ( like chocolate and fermented foods) but the basics like eggs, milk, etc will be available.

We will keep in touch with everyone in the delivery route as things progress.

Thank you for your understanding in this time of personal need for us.

New life

Kaelyn spent a few moments to snuggle with a minutes new baby goat while the mom rested.  How cute is this?

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Dressing up our web presence

You may notice changes to the website lately.  We have started a project  to update  the blogsite into a real fully functioning website. 

First we registered our name:


So now you can find is that simply.  You can also reach our email with:


I will be updating all the pages slowly over the next while.  For now I added a page explaining the home delivery service.  We will also add one for the new herd share.

Nothing is so constant as change.

Breakfast of champions

Lilly enjoying a fresh breakfast,  just now hand picked.

Goat herd share is available!

We are pleased to announce that our goat herd share is now available.  e have worked to comply with all the applicable laws and still ensure convenient access to the same  fresh whole goat milk that our own family enjoys.

Please call or email us for details on how the herdshare works and costs. Shares are available immediately for a reasonable cost. We do expect the availble slots to fill up quickly, so dont delay.

I will post more explanation and details about the herdshare over the coming days.  Stay tuned!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Three special turkeys

This year's three special turkeys are doing well.  They are roaming the yard now and foraging quite well.  These are the three that hatched yellow from this year's batch of narangansette. They look a lot like a royal palm. Even though we have raised 3 generations of narangansette purebred. .. it seems some royal palm was hiding in the genetics somewhere.

Beautiful birds!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Global warming forces goodby to conventional farming

As explained in the article below, conventional farming based on chemical fertilizers and chemical poisons, obviously fail  when compared to organic methods in times of drought.  It is the organic method, the build up of organic material in the soil, that lowers the need for water during plant growth.  Conventional farming is devoid of organic matter, the nutrients of which are replaced with chemical fertilizers.

This approach is quite the same as if humans attempted to live only on vitamin and mineral supplements, with NO FOOD.  The organic matter in the soil (from composting) is the food of the soil. Fertilizers are nothing but vitamins and minerals. Now, think... how long could a person live on supplements alone with no acutal food in their diet? Not for long... just like soil looses its capacity to support life after rounds and rounds of crops pull nutrients out and only "supplements" are replaced.

Lunacy? I think so.

Anyway... with the coming global warming (lets leave that debate aside for a minute) conventional farming must go away, because it will fail more and more over time. Only organic methods can carry us forward.

The Rural Blog: Studies: In drought conditions, organic farming methods give crops better water-holding capacity

GMOs around the world...

Sometimes... you just dont want to be a trendsetter....

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Pasteurization causes spoilage in milk?

What an interesting find!  Ever wonder why pasteurized milk spoils in the fridge but raw milk just turns to other food products over time like natural yogurt?  I've often wondered... and have previously come to the conclusion that pasteurized milk spoils because all the probiotics are eliminated from the milk, leaving it susceptible to spoilage.  Apparently that is not true.

This new finding shows that the pasteurization itself, the process intended to make milk safer to drink, is actually to blame. In summary, (full article below) there are bacterial spores in milk that are HEAT ACTIVATED. Once heated they are activated to "hatch" and turn into active bacteria. Oddly, the bacteria grow best after heat activation in cold temps (refrigeration). So.. the process of heat followed by refrigeration is the environment that these little things flourish in!

Now if this isnt irony, I dont know what is!. Our attempts to purify milk actually causes more bad things to grow than before.  And for decades we have not known this, thereby we are consuming these not normally found in milk living pathogens every time we consume pasteurized milk.  Decades! Amazing... Once again it seems that man's attempts to do better than nature are thwarted by a complexity and balance we are just beginning to fully appreciate.

Still want to drink storebought pasteurized milk? the one with live pathogens in it, brought alive by the unnatural processing of the milk?

Probiotics from the farm

Probiotics,  bacteria that help instead of hurt,  are a key ingredient of a healthy diet and a key component of many health remedies.  Many of today's common health problems can be traced to lack of good bacteria.

Diet is the primary method for introducing good bacteria where they belong. Good bacteria is found on raw fresh produce as well as in many traditional preservation methods.  A steady intake of probiotic rich foods can provide a vast array of health benefits.

Here is as great article explaining the background of probiotics in our food and th e many health benefits :

Food from small organic farms is a prime way to add probiotics to our lives. Produce from a local organic farm is naturally rich in probiotics.  Organic produce from the store,  while better than poisoned conventional produce,  is often cleaned so well that the probiotics are gone.  This looses much of the benefit of fresh raw produce. 

We have compared making naturally cultured (fermented) veggies from store bought organic with fresh home grown produce and found an astounding difference.  The fresh home grown veggies ferment much faster (days sooner) than storebought.  I suspect this is due to the abundance of natural probiotics in the home grown and relative lack of life in storebought organic veggies.

Our own family has used probiotics extensively to overcome some normally incurable health issues. It has been a long intensive learning experience! Now strive to share these magic benefits of these traditional foods with our customers.  The list of foods we offer from time to time  is:

  • Kombucha (fermented sweet tea)
  • Water kefir  (fermented fruit water)
  • Dairy kefir  (fermented goats milk)
  • Yogurt 
  • Cultured garden veggies
  • Pickled eggs (in live vinegar)
  • Beet kvass  (fermented beet juice)
  • Saurkraut
  • Honey (fermented pollen)

And the list of growing!

Natural fermenting used to be main method of food preservation. We wish to bring back the many benefits to those who may not have time or knowledge to do this at home. It is incredibly difficult to find good actually fermented foods in the store today, because this method of food preservation does not fit as well with large scale production. Small organic farms are uniquely positioned to positively affect the health of our nation.  At little sprouts we are going what we can towards this goal.

I encourage you to try some of our fermented and cultured goodies as they are available!