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Pork fat is healthier than kale

There are many ways to measure the relative healthfulness of foods, fat is calorie dense so it needs to be eaten in moderate quantities, but it is also filling enough to help you stop overeating.  Pork fat is rich in B vitamins and minerals.  The article also lauds it being less saturated than beef/lamb fat, but it also has more Omega 6 and less Omega 3, so which is right for you may vary by your personal health situation.

We’re not suggesting you need to drop the “less healthy” foods in this list, but don’t be afraid to make a bit of lard part of a healthy variety of foods in your diet.

Imperfect Fruit: It’s good for you

Two lumpy apples
Disfigured fruit is still healthy to eat if the skin is in tact.

Eating blemished fruits and vegetables reduces waste, reduces the need for chemical treatments on crops, and frees up a little more change in your pocket, but it may also be good for your body:


Still avoiding GMOs

Despite the expanding evidence that GMOs are not inherently dangerous, our farm will continue to avoid them as much as possible.

  1. We believe each new cross-species gene insertion should be independently studied for safety. The actual process of gene splicing is not inherently dangerous, but poor choices can be made in choosing which genes to splice. Even independently safe compounds can have dangerous reactions in combination.
  2. We support heritage varieties of plants as well as heritage sheep, helping to preserve the diverse genetic bank that may someday be invaluable to saving a species or increasing the nutritional value of our foods. Growing a limited number of varieties of each species can lead to disasters such as the Gros Michel banana extinction. Even if we do not save seed ourselves, our patronage of heritage breed vegetable suppliers funds the maintenance of their seed banks. (Just as your patronage of our farm funds the maintenance of our Cotswold gene pool.)
  3. We don’t use herbicides on our crops, so we have no reason to use herbicide resistant varieties.
  4. We support wildlife and diversity on our farm, and will not spray our fields down to replace the diverse meadow with a monocultured GMO.

Conversely, we are not so afraid as to avoid GMOs at all costs, and will make some compromises as needed to keep our farm sustainable:

  1. We will not spray our pastures down to get rid of potential GMO contamination from possible prior owner’s seeding. The risk of the sprays far outweighs the risk of having some GMO grass strains. With time native grasses should replace most of the seeded grasses, and this is definitely already happening in our diverse fields.
  2. When we run out of non-GMO vegetables grown right on our farm or by other local farmers, we will supplement hay with commercial beet pulp or alfalfa/timothy pellet as needed for the nutritional status of our sheep.
  3. We will do business with our neighbors rather than burning large amounts of fuel to buy certified non-GMO crops from further away.
One lamb, cut to order

Taking deposits now for December/January Lambs

If you are on my waiting list but wish to pass this year, please let me know that so I can let someone else have your spot this year.

Our lambs are scheduled for butcher. We have two butcher dates available, the first set will be ready right around Christmas (Sorry, I can’t guarantee they’ll be ready for Christmas dinner as I had hoped), the second set around January 8th. When ordering please let me know if you are available to pick up for only one of those dates or both.

We encourage you to come to Marion to pick up directly from the butcher and get a chance to visit the farm. If the weather is below freezing, we can bring your meat to Perinton, NY on a work day. If the weather does not co-operate, you will have to come to Marion to pick up. We are available for farm tours 12/26, 12/27, and 1/10 by appointment. The butcher shop is normally open until noon on Saturdays, I don’t yet know their Christmas week schedule.

This year the price for Tunis cross lambs will be $275 including delivery to butcher and cut & wrap fees. Special butchering requests may incur additional butcher costs. Tunis cross lambs is what last year’s customers had. Cotswold Cross lambs will be $300. Cotswolds are slightly larger and reputed to have very mild flavor.

We also have one adult Finn ram available, $275. The ram is not grain free, he has only been with us a few months of his life. He is being finished on hay, rutabaga, and pumpkin. He will be larger than any of the lambs, but will have a stronger flavor and be less tender due to his age.

A deposit of $125 is required to reserve your lamb or ram.  Deposits accepted by mail or in person.

Address for mailing deposits or taking farm tours by appointment:
Denise Skidmore
4513 Eddy Ridge Rd.
Marion, NY 14505

We have a limited supply. If you are on my waiting list, you have one week to claim your waiting list priority, then all customers will be handled in the order deposits are received. After I receive your deposit we will discuss your butcher cut sheet.

This year we have a new website, you can read more about our farm and how we do things up here on the ridge.

Looking forward to hearing from you, please let me know if you have any questions.

Denise Skidmore
Eddy Ridge Grassland

Study: Measurable differences in blood tests of grass fed meat consumers

We’re still several steps away from showing a direct link between what we feed our meat animals and positive health outcomes for those that eat the meat, but these blood tests do show an unbroken chain from what goes into the animal’s mouth to what ends up in your body.

Red meat from animals offered a grass diet increases plasma and platelet n-3 PUFA in healthy consumers.

Etymology from Farmers

The English language has a rich history, and a good part of that history is farming.

Things that make more sense as a farmer:

  • After your male sheep throws you into the wall, there is a much more clear relationship between “ram” the noun and “ram” the verb.
  • When figuring out my budget for the next year, I have to look at my “per head” costs and my “over head” costs.  (“Head” being the common terminology used when counting livestock, as in “I have 12 head of sheep available”.)

Farming has also given me a different perspective on some bible verses.

Matthew 18:12-14New American Standard Bible (NASB)

“What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray. So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.

In Sunday school this quote was always illustrated with a happy shepherd carrying a wee tiny cute lamb on his shoulders across a sunny pasture.

  1. You rarely loose just one little lamb. He will call for his mother and his mother will call back until they are reunited. If you loose one sheep, it is an adult, 100-250 lbs depending on breed.
  2. You are generally bringing the sheep in at nightfall, by the time you start looking for the sheep it is dusk, difficult to see, and you are not happy.
  3. Once you find that sheep, she is out there because she didn’t want to come in, and is not easy to catch, or convince her to come in.

So yeah, when it’s dusky and the rain is coming down, and I can’t find which hill the ewe is hiding behind, I think “yeah, it wasn’t easy for God to track me down and gather me in, was it? He must really care to go to this much trouble for me.”