Another round of wonderful grass-fed beef from our farm and pasture-raised pork from our partner, Roland Walters, is now filling our freezers. We are fully stocked with delicious beef, pork and our wonderful eggs — AND Roland is expecting to bring chicken by the weekend too! I hear the weather forecast for Memorial Day weekend is great, so I’m hoping lots of you will be enjoying our meat on the grill this weekend. We have a great recipe on our website for “the perfect burger,” if you’re looking for a different twist on the traditional one.
And back to eggs . . . there are MANY reasons why we like to sell Roland Walters’ pasture-raised eggs, besides the fact that they are delicious. A recent Rodale web article “10 Food Rules for Earth Day” says it all (although we think their reference to beef is about grain fed beef):
#3: Rely on the perfect egg for protein. Pastured eggs provide a triple benefit to people and the planet. Eggs are among the most ecofriendly animal protein sources on the planet, creating about six times less greenhouse-gas pollution than beef. According to Penn State University research and other studies, eggs from hens raised on grass pastures contain twice as much vitamin E, 2½ times more omega-3 fatty acids, 1/3 less cholesterol, ¼ less saturated fat, and 2/3 more vitamin A than standard supermarket eggs that come from tightly confined caged hens. Pastured eggs are also known as one of the 11 Mood-Boosting Foods. If you can’t find organic pastured eggs from a local farmer, look for organic, Animal Welfare Approved, or Certified Humane eggs at your grocery store. Earth-friendly animal protein sources also include organic yogurt and organic 2 percent milk, according to Environmental Working Group.
Take a look at the whole article: http://www.rodale.com/earth-day-ideas-0?cm_mmc=TheDailyFixNL-_-887048-_-04202012-_-10_food_rules_for_earth_day_title
If you visit us in the next few weeks, with any luck you’ll see the next round of annual grasses emerging for the warm summer months. The luxurious growth we have had in our pastures this spring has been from cool weather grasses, so now we need grasses that grow in the North Carolina summer heat. I’m doing my own rain dance for them. Last year we did not get much growth because it was so dry. Got my fingers crossed. As a reminder, our regular hours are Tuesdays 4-6PM, Fridays 4-6PM, and Saturdays 10AM-2PM.
On this Memorial Day weekend, as we gather with friends and family, we will be thinking of all those who have sacrificed so much to protect our country. Sacrifice comes in many shapes and forms and we are grateful for it.
We hope to see you at the farm soon. Thanks so much for all your support!