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Filet Mignon with Wild Mushroom Cream Sauce

We’re always appreciative when our friend Chef Katy develops another recipe using our products. This time she set herself the task of creating up a restaurant-worthy treatment for our beef tenderloin filets. The quality of these tender filet mignon cuts …

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Behind the Scenes

Farm Build: Snow Plow for the Tractor

This fall I spent some time in the garage cutting and welding an attachment for our tractor so it could plow snow around the farm. Years ago I bought a pickup truck at a municipal auction, and it came with …

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Food Policy

On Vaccines and Meat from WDF

I know that you don’t read a farm blog for personal medical advice, so rest assured that I’m not here to poke a finger in your face and to tell you what to think about vaccines. This past week I’ve …

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Grass Fed BeefPasture Farming

Building Some Flex into the Farm

This fall we constructed a mud-season feeding area for the cattle, in the hope that we would be able to prevent our herd from degrading the land during the spring mud season when the fields always turn to goo. Two …

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Food Policy

Wizards, Prophets, and Farmers

This week I finished reading Charles Mann’s The Wizard and the Prophet (published 2018) and I thought it might be a worthwhile topic for discussion. The book centers on the ideological struggle to understand the best way to feed and …

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Grass Fed Beef

Bark Fed Beef

Regular readers will know that I have always maintained an uncomfortable position on the term “grass fed beef.” It’s not that I’m against it; I’m all for it and firmly believe that it is one of the healthiest and most …

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Behind the Scenes

Learning to Use Solar in Winter

I mentioned a few weeks ago that we’re wintering our cattle in a field with the poorest soil on the farm. The cattle have been doing well, and I’m pleased to see how we’ve been able to get all that …

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Behind the Scenes

Taking the Tractor to the Auction

This week I hauled my tractor to a local consignment auction. The machine was eight years old, and still running well. But issues were starting to surface at an increasing rate, so I made the decision to bring in a …

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Pasture Farming

Calf Week, Partnerships, and Rethinking Small Farming

This was calf week on the farm. On Saturday our neighbor Mike brought twenty-four newly weaned calves across to our side of the fenceline. And then on Friday, Josh, another cattle farmer in the area, brought six more calves and …

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Pasture Farming

Looking for Silver Linings to Drought

This year’s drought has laid additional stresses on the farm. Everything is harder without water. The well for our house has been completely dry for two months. The pasture plants didn’t produce anywhere close to normal growth, so our grazing …

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