Category Archives: Natural Farming

If you’re like me, it’s bittersweet to take down your Christmas tree. We always cut our own tree but by New Year’s Eve, the tree is starting to collect dust. Ornaments are falling off since the kids have run by the tree so much. And the cats have decimated the lower hanging “fruit.” It quickly becomes evident that it’s time! So, a few years back, after hearing my kids whine about how they want the tree to stay up forever, … continued…

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Foodie Crafts Holidays Natural Farming Pam Freeman

I talked about honey before as a super-food but it is such an amazing food I decided it deserved it’s own post! Honey can be used in food, soaps, skin care products, and even cough suppressants. Did you know there are over 300 different varieties of honey in the United States? The color and flavor of honey is based on the source of the nectar – clover, orange blossom, wild flowers, and buckwheat to name a few.   Raw or … continued…

Gardening Jenny Kramer, RD Natural Farming

Now is a good time to start thinking ahead for summer produce. The best option is to grow your own but if that isn’t possible or if you don’t have the space to grow everything then start checking out local resources. Eating produce seasonally and locally is so much better for your health and your community. The produce at the grocery store has traveled an average of 1,500 miles to reach you. That means it could have been picked too … continued…

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Community Involvement Gardening Jenny Kramer, RD Natural Farming

It’s April and many of you aren’t even thinking about hummingbirds. In fact, your gardens probably aren’t up and growing yet. But while our spring thoughts are just beginning, hummingbirds are already migrating north and will be arriving at your house any day. But, let me back up and start with the basics. I live in the Midwest, so Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds are the species I see. (Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds are beautiful with a metallic type of green on their backs and … continued…

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Gardening Natural Farming Pam Freeman

Every year I like to start a few of my plants from seeds; it’s rewarding, it gives me a jump on the season and my kids think it’s cool to watch the little plants grow. But, one thing it can be; is expensive. Yes. I know lots of people talk about seed starting being inexpensive. But, once you buy the pots (sometimes in varying sizes), soil, seeds, lights and other odds and ends, you can rack up quite a bill. … continued…

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Gardening Natural Farming Pam Freeman

Now that it is officially spring (not to mention that April 8th – 14th is Garden Week), it’s time to start planning.  There is something so exhilarating to me about planning my garden and this year I want to get started early.  I am in love with Pinterest as I assume the rest of the world is too, right?!  I found a great site there – www.sproutrobot.com – to figure out the best time for planting. All you do is … continued…

DIY Gardening Heart Healthy Jenny Kramer, RD Natural Farming Tips, Tools & Techniques

It’s been cold, hasn’t it? Some of the biggest blizzards and the deepest snows we’ve seen in decades. So I find myself really having a taste for those things that only just start to appear in the grocery stores that mean—to me—that spring has arrived. Even IF there’s still snow on the ground. Asparagus. This is top of my list for spring greens. I watch for the first pencil-thin spears from local farms to appear in my store or at … continued…

Barb Freda Natural Farming Tips, Tools & Techniques

Every now and then I like to step away from writing about beef alone and focus on the food scene in general, especially when the seasons change and new foods are at the farmers’ markets. Fall is one of my favorite times. The heat has broken (at least I hope it’s broken wherever you are), the air is clear and the market is full of fruits I’ve been waiting for. Here are a few things to look for when you … continued…

Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Natural Farming

The chilly cabinet at the grocery store is filled with choices: pounds and pounds of ground beef stocking the clean, well-lit shelves. How do you choose? Easy. You choose Laura’s Lean Beef, and we are here to show you why. We took the time to cook two pounds of beef side by side: one pound of 80/20 (80 percent lean/20 percent fat) and one pound of 96/4 Laura’s Lean Ground Beef. The results are easily visible. The 80/20 beef is … continued…

Barb Freda Natural Farming Tips, Tools & Techniques

The shelves of the grocery store can get confusing. Labels (organic, natural, all-natural, hormone free, lean) don’t always mean what we think they mean and in some cases there are words that mean nothing (isn’t all beef natural?). So we thought we’d take the time to tell you what we mean when we put our products on the shelves. Lean. Well, see for yourself. Our products range from 9g fat per serving to a low of 4g fat per serving. … continued…

Barb Freda Natural Farming