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Monday, April 27, 2009

Nothing quite so happy making as realizing as you're rinsing off your seeds that they've sprouted. In this case, it was my buckwheat groats.

My first attempt failed, as I suspected it might; the buckwheat was on the old side. I went to the health food store on Friday and bought more and it's worked out great. Now to roast it up and find my Nourishing Traditions cookbook (yup, still haven't found it) and make yogurt dough for my kasha knishes. I really have a hankering for them. Cept I'm out of mustard, gotta get that, too. Anyone know any good mustard recipes? I realized the other day I could probably make my own.

Now to get my wheat berries going cause I'd love some homemade crackers, too. emoticon

Hope everyone has a good week!


Why do I always misplace my copy of Nourishing Traditions?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

It gets a wee bit frustrating.

I've got my buckwheat sprouting to make kasha and it just occurred to me this morning that I could make kasha knishes using NT's yogurt dough. Of course, never having made the yogurt dough before I need the book...and it's nowhere to be found. ~sigh~ At least I have a few days to find it.

And ack, I gotta go. No more messing around on the computer now. Have a good day everyone!


I am pissed...

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Lucky person that I am, I am in the general area of an organic dairy. They have jersey cows, they're raised on pasture, they're not given hormones or antibiotics. These lovely cows provide milk from whole to skim, heavy cream, buttermilk, half and half, yogurt and the most lovely yellow butter. I can't get it raw, but it's low pasteurized and not homogenized, which is the next best thing. A large study was done on organic dairies in the US a few years ago, and this dairy was just one of seven in the entire country that got a perfect score.

Last year however the butter quality went downhill: it started spoiling quickly. My local health food store put it, and incomplete orders, down to growing pains since they've become so successful. (They've also jacked up their prices, which is ironic since they, of all places, don't have the added expenses of grain for feed which have been going up and up.)

Guess what? A semi-local restaurant that serves local and seasonal food has been shortchanged on their orders recently and it turns out that this wonderful dairy, that I've been singing the praises of, is selling their products in NYC and putting the needs of their neighbors, the very people who support them, last on their list of priorities.

This is the very antithesis of what this farm is and should stand for.

I am PISSED and very disappointed. This farm embodies what America should be going back to: local dairies providing high quality products to locals. The same for every organic vegetable farm and every farmer raising animals on grass in my area. But they've decided to say "screw you" to their neighbors and give first dibs to people living 500 miles away.

This is the very thing that's destroying, or rather helping to suppress, old and sustainable foodways. This country is never going to be healthy until we go back to eating real food and we can't eat real food until there are enough farmers out there with integrity who will farm with responsibility to the environment and with the mind to provide nourishment for their neighbors.

And it doesn't help that factory farming and monoculturing by big agribusiness is subsidized and supported by the government. This just means that organic farmers who formally had integrity don't get support from the government and so can be lured by having notoriety hundreds of miles away.

/Screw that/. Farms around the NYC area should be providing for the city, not stealing from me because organic dairy is vogue and the rich there can afford it. It pisses me off all the more because it's not like they don't have customers enough HERE! There are enough people in this area to buy up every last drop of milk and last pat of butter, but I guess we're not good enough.


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

WAPFROCKS 3/30/2009 3:09PM

    I've thought about contacting them, but haven't decided yet if I'm going to. It's very frustrating. With the economy as it is they're thinking: extra money. So, who am I to force them to earn less money?, but darn it, it feels so wrong on so many levels.

Makes you wonder if things would be better if there was more of a focus on local commerce and industry, national commerce and industry, too. We need to start making things in America again. meh! Everything is just backwards.

Comment edited on: 3/30/2009 3:24:17 PM

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DOTSLADY 3/30/2009 2:30PM

    emoticonDo you think it'd matter if you said something to them??? What a shame: you found them FIRST!

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LADYZHERRA 3/29/2009 12:00AM

    I share your frustration. The world is the way it is for a reason. There is no cure for human nature.

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KENNESAWGIRL733 3/26/2009 7:03PM

    sad, but greed often wins out...

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An exercise in frustration.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Why? Why do I read and post on the regular Diet and Nutrition board? WHY?

It's self torture, plain and simple. A vast majority of the time I'm going to disagree with everyone and everything because most everyone is going to go with the mainstream politically correct rhetoric or else far off in a strange equally incorrect direction. So, it's just stupid to go there...yet I do it.

I disagreed with someone's comment that folate is natural and folic acid is artificial. I was like "...BUH?" Turns out the Mayo Clinic, of all places, is spouting this drivel. I disagreed, linking to both wikipedia and SP's vitamin primer on folic acid, and somehow today my comment is gone. What? And one of the official SP bods had replied and basically backed up what I said. So...why was my comment taken down? Was I too inarticulate? Why wasn't the comment with the wrong info taking down, too?

Okay, time to just /stop/ and only post to my precious Nourishing Traditions spark team. Even though two people have thanked me for steering them in another direction, I just need to stop.

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LADYZHERRA 2/21/2009 5:05PM

    That is really disturbing -- I am not surprised that your comment was removed from the board, although it doesn't make that fact less frustrating.

It goes to show you who thinks they run the show in the nutition world. Sally Fallon has argued many times that the 'diet dictocrats' are scared of counter-information. You can see that even here on Sparkpeople. It's no joke. There's a disease out there contaminating people who want easy answers, who want to believe that those with power speak the truth, and who will adhere to anything that bolsters the lazy, infectious way of life they support.

Take a deep breath and just remember that you can't change everyone's mind. Evolution will take care of it.

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Wow, I've had this account for TWO years and barely used it.

It's 2009 now and I really want to really and truly climb back on the wagon and make some progress. Here's hoping...