"In Aaron Woolf's thought-provoking documentary, friends Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis move back to America's Corn Belt to plant an acre of the nation's most-grown and most-subsidized grain in an attempt to follow their crop into the U.S. food supply. What they discover about genetically modified seeds, powerful herbicides and the realities of modern farming calls into question government subsidies, our fast-food lifestyle and the quality of our food."
GRASS-FINISHED GROUND BEEF- Ground beef will be available (Lord willing, of course) after the first of February.
SHIPPING - this is the best time of the year to ship via Fedex. We don't have access to dry ice, so we must use the cold weather and freezer packs to our advantage.
DELIVERY - We plan to make a trip to St Louis again sometime second week of February. The next update will have more specific dates and times. (12% delivery fee and 2.725% food tax on meat (5.725% on non-food items, but no delivery fee!)
PASTURED EGGS - we currently no longer offer pastured eggs. After raising chooks on pasture for 6 years, we have about given up trying to sell them locally. It's fun and rewarding for a time, but we've reached the point that if we can't make it financially sustainable, then it's time to try something different. We've crunched the numbers and realise that it is possible to make it work if we ramp up the numbers considerably and incorporate delivery. Labour is definitely the biggest input. Dallas, 15, who has been caring for the chooks these past 3 years since Jessica has been focusing more on her sheep, is interested in making them at least a part-time job. After checking around in several grocery stores and other venues, we've discovered that the eggs produced the way we do are simply not available in any quantity in the midwest. So the big question is do we take the plunge and order up 700 or so baby chicks, start making contacts, then hope and pray that we'll be able to sell the deluge of eggs we'll have in September and October? This is about 40-45 dozen eggs a DAY! Clearly, we'd be getting into the delivery business as well. We welcome any comments or suggestions you may have.
WOOL SOCKS & BLANKETS - It's still cold! Keep warm with 100% wool blankets. Or forget cold feet whilst wearing our 100% wool or 70% wool/30% nylon (added for durability) socks. All wool items made from our very own Shetland Sheep
Have a blessed and safe 2009
If you are interested in ordering cube steak ($4.35/lb), please let me know before January 27th! Very, very limited amount will be available.
SERIOUS MONEY-SAVING RECIPES! House cleaning supplies come in prettily package plastic containers and cost a fortune! Take the time to mix your own and you will save a lot of money and have a clean house. Until I find something better, I've purchased the concentrated formula of Murphy's Oil Soap. Mix a tiny bit with water in a spray bottle and this is lasting for years! (Yes, I do occasionally dust!) You may be able to purchase a bar of glycerin soap and do the same.
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From Wall Street Journal, a traditionally well-respected newspaper, comes these pearls of 'wisdom' from an article entitled "How to Fix Your Life in 2009" (The "problems" are what really get me!)
Problem: Your older-model computer sucks up electricity.
Solution: Energy-management software lets you put your computer on a schedule to reduce the amount of electricity it uses.
Problem: You want to apply for new credit, but aren't sure if your credit is good enough.
Solution: Get a free credit score.
Problem: Those four-inch heels that cost a mint are too high to walk in.
Solution: Trim down those heels.
Problem: You're getting hit with overdraft and late fees at your bank.
Solution: Sign up for alerts from your bank.
Problem: You don't know how much money to stash away for your child's future college tuition.
Solution: Develop a savings plan.
Problem: You work indoors, live in a cold climate and wear sunscreen to protect your skin -- and you wonder if you're getting enough vitamin D.
Solution: Have your vitamin D level checked.
Problem: Your produce spoils before you can finish it.
Solution: Optimize how you choose and store your food.
Problem: You're lost, you don't have a map, and you need directions.
Solution: Use your cellphone to get directions by text message.
Problem: Your employer just suspended its 401(k) matching contribution.
Solution: Save more.