Week 13: Snow Leopard

cornsun13This week’s produce pack will have snow leopard melons and blueberries; carrots; potatoes; zucchini; large eggplant or peppers; tomatoes; head lettuce (2 for the large packs); herbs; a choice of celery, kale, or chard; and eggs.

Here is a photo of the snow leopard:

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Busy hens with their rooster

Egg news: We will be shifting more of the egg production to our farm in the next few weeks.  I will keep you posted on how that goes.  It is possible that we may have a slight egg shortage some time in the next couple of months as everyone adjusts.  We will keep you posted on the transition process.

We have a customer, Wilma Langerwerf, who has been inspiring me with her energy!  I asked her what she does to look so great and be so spunky.  She very graciously agreed to share her health story.  Here on the farm we have a different diet than Wilma does because we all eat home-grown meat most days.  But gradually I have been trying a few things that she does, with positive results.  Here is what she wrote…

There are many things I do to stay healthy, and have chosen the obvious two that work well for me.

Exercise in the form of active things that are FUN is a biggy.  I can’t say enough about how expending energy- creates even more energy! If I’m tired because of active activities, that’s great, but if tired because I am sitting still all day- I get up and at it as soon as I can.  It took a while to learn that major activity three days a week is minimum for me to stay feeling energized, 5 days a week and I’m full of it. Outdoor activities is the best for me because they are fun and I forget to call it exercise!

An equal biggy is my diet, and listening to what my body tells me about what to eat.  It started with recognizing how dragged out I was after eating a greasy Pizza or French fries, and needing to lose weight . I started  reading up on nutrition, and quickly chose to start drinking spring water, and eliminating meat in my diet. Through further reading  I learned about the importance of live enzymes in food , and the need for more vitamins and minerals.  I started to grow microgreens in the house for juicing and eating in salads (easy and 365 days a year harvesting!) and doing a greens drink for breakfast every morning.    Wheat grass ( ~30%), kale( ~50% ), with a small beet and carrot to sweeten it up( ~20% )  is my breakfast now. THAT had an immediate reaction in how I felt- almost the same “high” as a cup of coffee. It took a while to adjust to the taste, but did quickly as I knew I needed what was in that drink. Now I water my greens with added kelp in the water so the plants can feed me back more minerals!  

From here I graduated to eliminating the use of the microwave, buying a dehydrator to make a variety of foods,  trying to eat with as little cooking as possible and  purchasing high quality of vegetables.  I lost the weight quickly, increased my energy once again,  so no longer call this a diet but a permanent way of eating.  Knowing what’s good for my body (and I believe everyone is different enough to mention it), how much  to eat, plus variety in foods I have also learned is  important,  as well as eating when I am hungry versus mealtimes  (if possible).  Variety comes easiest with eating out or having meals with friends (sticking to vegetarian as my bottom line), and my chosen diet of raw or minimally cooked foods at other times.  At one point my doctor asked me exactly what I was doing, as I eliminated high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and sailed through menopause without medication!

So that’s the major things I can see that really help my body and mind stay healthy , which helps enormously with the rest of life!”

Wilma Langenwerf June 13

Wilma Langenwerf June 13

In other farm news, we have been having many family visitors, including David’s mother, Hanna, and father, Danny just this last week.  We had an interesting experience while they were here.  David and I are often so busy with the farm that we find it difficult to step back, take a deep breath, and have conversations about the future of the business.  Danny and Hanna’s visit provided us with the perfect opportunity to do that.  We stopped working to spend time with them, and they provided an audience while we had those important conversations.  They are both in their late 70s and have a lot of life experience so they were able to add their own insights.  That felt good.  My parents have also been a great sounding board and have given us good advice and support.  Bruce’s dad, Hugh, and stepmom, Marlene, who are younger, have also come to the farm to help out several times (and they can work!).  Thank you parents!!

Danny, David, and Hanna

Danny, David, and Hanna

My mom, Wendy, helping me pick peas in July

My mom, Wendy, helping me pick peas in July

Bruce and Hanna fast asleep with the tomatoes and blueberries on the way in to a produce pick-up.  :)

Bruce and Hanna fast asleep with the tomatoes and blueberries on the way in to a produce pick-up. 🙂

Bruce, Pierre, and Stephanie pressure washing and putting away bins after produce pack distribution

Bruce, Pierre, and Stephanie pressure washing and putting away bins after produce pack distribution

C-Tine cultivator from Parkside farm after getting a new hydraulic pump

C-Tine cultivator from Parkside Farm after getting a new hydraulic pump

George Kephart at the Bedford pick-up.  Thank you George!

George Kephart at the Bedford pick-up. Thank you George!

Here are the girls from Parkside Farm waiting for me to let them into fresh pasture.  We think there will be some new calves soon!cowspasture13

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See you all soon!

Jen, David, Bruce, Cassie, Stephanie, and Brent

2 thoughts on “Week 13: Snow Leopard

  1. Hey guys,
    I just wanna say its been such a wonderful experience to work on the farm with you, I have learned so much and your truly are beautiful people and i thank you for the opportunity to work /learn about farming, my self and the earth and for having the great reward to help feed other beautiful families. I really apprecieate you.
    Love ~ Cassandra wood

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