Farm Journal

Posted 10/13/2010 9:45pm by Renee Savary.

The New Leaf Market 2010 Farm Tour

Sunday October 24, 2010.

The farm will be open from 10 am to 4 pm.
Farm tour every 2 hours starting at 11am.

Ongoing throughout the day :

Chandra Hartman of CFH Design Studio will provide an opportunity for farm-tour-goers to discover the world of permaculture (ecological design); an ethics based design system for creating sustainable communities. Chandra will also display and discuss how to create a small hugelkultur bed that can be created from readily available natural resources. This is a great way to make raised or sunk beds that retain moisture and are nutrient rich with minimal cost.

Raw food chef Jenifer Kuntz, owner of Raw and Juicy Organic Juice Bar, will show you how to make raw yogurt from cashews and coconuts and, will demonstrate how to boost your vitamin and nutrient
intake by preparing kale into a delicious ready-to-eat salad.  Increase your energy, and learn new easy raw food recipes during your visit.

With Arix Zalace learn the importance of earth worms for a healthy planet.  Arix will talk about vermicomposting, and the many ways you can use earth worms at your home and in your garden.

The SoapPedaler, Celeste Cobena will be here with her line of organic soaps and skin care products. Besides using organic components and essential oils, Celeste use locally produced ingredients from local honey to our own duck eggs in her organic soap ....

Our shop will be open and all our goodies, from eggs to preserves, will be available for purchase.
(good idea to bring a cooler)

Take time to have lunch under the oak tree ...
light lunch, featuring the farm own products and some of Jenifer delicious raw food available for purchase.

A few tips :
close shoes, we will clean up the place nice but it is still a working farm.
No pets ... sorry ...
No smoking ... not sorry about that one !!!
Restroom available.
Thank you for respecting our bio security zone.

Driving to the farm :
I-10 to exit #112 Bonifay, go north on SR79 for 7.5 miles,
Pass small bridge with kids play ground at the corner of SR79 and Creek Road.
Turn left into Creek Road
3207 Creek Road
Phone : 850 547 5636

Join us for a tour of the farm ....
Farm tour

Please forward this email to your mailing list and help us spread the word about Real Food.

Thank you for supporting a better way to produce healthy and wholesome food.

Twin Oaks Farm
USDA Certified Organic
Bonifay FL 32425
www.twinoaksfarm.net

Posted 9/23/2010 2:25pm by Renee Savary.

Summer is over and it went so fast ... here are some random pictures during this really hot summer ...

Early July we had to move all of our coops under the big oak trees, the only real shade on the property, it was so hot already ... Our chickens and our ducks spent the summer there, not moving our coops as often as we usually do but a nice drop in temperature....

Summer Camp

Hot out there but the production never stopped ....

Production line

Aaahhhh ... the afternoon snacks ... organic watermelon courtesy of our friends at Raw & Juicy ....

Afternoon snack

Summer lunch on the back porch, poached duck eggs over greens from the garden ...

Summer lunch

Odile flapping victory lap at the pool ....

Odile

Topolino looking picture pretty, enjoying some shade ....

Topolino

Fall is officially here and the mornings are cooler, still in the 100F during the days, the hay as been cut and next week every body is going back to the open pasture ...

Posted 9/14/2010 6:52am by Renee Savary.

Jen Bronson wrote a great blog about the farm on Eat Local, America ! ... Thanks Jen we love it ....

http://eatlocalamerica.coop/node/509

 

Posted 3/23/2010 7:56pm by Renee Savary.

Renowned photographer Eric Marcus was at the farm this week end and he took beautifull pictures ... here is a sample.

E M pix March 2010

E M pix March 2010

E M pix March 2010

E M pix March 2010

E M pix March 2010

E M pix March 2010

Visit his web site : www.emmarcusphotography.com

Posted 2/25/2010 9:00pm by Renee Savary.

Weekly Food Thoughts 2/18/2010

Long day today so my thoughts are going to be shorts !!!!
This week I read Michael Pollan's last book : Food Rules. If you dont know him or have not read any of his books (which planet have been living on??) : go buy them all and read them all, the guy is brilliant and his view on our food system is right on target. Now if you know him this littlle book is really good, nothing really new in it but the format is prefect to take around with you as a reminder and if you are not an avid reader it is really small with large print !!!! What I mean is NO excuses !!!
In the meantime I picked a few points he makes that I particularly liked. About nutrition science, according to his research a fairly young science, is today where surgery was in the year 1650 !!! yup ...
And it is on this "science" that processed food is "created". Actually he does not call it food, he calls it "edible foodlike substances", of course I loved it !!!
On a not so funny note he writes about our so-called Western diet, which consist on a lot of processed food, meat, lots of added fat and sugar, lots of refined grains, lost of everyghing except vegetables, fruits and whole grains and he explains that virtually all of the obesity and type 2 diabetes, 80% of the cardiovascular diseases and more than 1/3 of all cancers can be linked to this diet. Four of the top 10 killers in America are chronic diseases linked to this diet. What an extraodinary achievement for a civilization : to have developed the one diet that reliably makes its people sick !!!
But he also notes that there is a very hopefull fact : people who get off the Western diet see dramatic improvements in their health, good research suggest that the effects of the Western diet can be rolled back and relatively quickly.
So People there is Hope ... that is if you change the way you eat !!!
The first step go buy the book and then come shop at the farmer's market where we sell real food ....
See you All tomorrow ....


The next generation of Laying Girls ...

The New Girls

Posted 2/17/2010 2:34pm by Renee Savary.

Backyard Poultry
the organic way

Workshop covering the basic of raising
and maintening chickens in your backyard.

Sunday March 21, 2010
10am to 2pm
at the farm.

$35 per person
includes workshop packet and light lunch.

You will learn how to raise chicks from brooding to eggs laying hens
the organic way.
We will cover housing, brooding, watering, feeding and free roaming.

Available for you to purchase we will have :
3 weeks old certified organic babies Rhode Island Red.
USDA certified organic feed without soy.
and everything you will need to leave the workshop and start raising your Own.

Limited enrollment. Workshop raine or shine. Gift certificate available. No refunds, credit for produts only.
Register by returning email to reserve your space.

Twin Oaks Farm
USDA Certified Organic
3207 Creek Road
Bonifay FL 32425

baby chicks

Posted 2/12/2010 3:58pm by Renee Savary.

Snowing at the farm ... and yes we are still in Florida !!!!

ducks running in the snow

more snow

definitively snow

Posted 2/12/2010 1:21pm by Renee Savary.

Weekly Food Thoughts 02/11/2010

Good article this week in the NewYork Times about "A federal effort to push junk food out of school" (link below). While I think the effort is somewhere praiseworthy, I also think it totally miss the real problem and here is why ...
Beyond the point, the article mentionned the whole "business" of selling, let's call it junk,  to help raise money to pay for new sport uniforms or other extra cruricular programs !!! quite paradoxal : selling junk to pay for sport equipments !! it is really sad to think that schools have to go to that extend because they don't have the adequate fundings!!!
Now to the point missed: I have cookies or cake every afternoon and I would not want someone to take it away from me (make me unpleasant).
BUT I bake my cookies/cake which usually include: sugar/flour/eggs/butter and, depending the mood and the week, from nuts to dry fruits to chocolate ... in short the usual home made organic taste delicious cookies.
NOW have you ever read mass produced cookies's labels ??? (yaya I went back to the store with my little notepad) I found out that they all have more or less the same ingredients from : palm kernel oil with TBHQ for freshness (no kidding and I am quoting) (see my google result below), cocoa processed with alkali, Polysorbate 60 (often used in cosmetics to solubilize essential oils into water-based products. Polysorbates are oily liquids derived from PEG-ylated sorbitan (a derivative of sorbitol) esterified with fatty acids.) yup I did not know either !! Vanillin : an artificial flavor (sic) (all spelled out), soy lecithin (even my chickens dont eat soy) etc etc etc from yellow #5 to red #40 you got it and here where the real problem is NOBODY goes after the manufacturers of that junk, of course kids (and grownups) are going to buy it : it is available in quantities and it is CHEAP (here again) and as long as nobody will forbid the food manufacturers to put in your food the same stuff you find in your body lotion (polysorbate) why should they stop ???
If we want to stop the health problems of generations of kids let's stop to produce the crap ... if kids are not buying it at school then they will buy it somewhere else.
Let's teach the kids to bake their own cookies with real ingredients, they will love it and dont give me the "no time" crap ...  
In the meantime you can buy real cookies at the farmer's market.
See you all on Saturday ....

TBHQ is another ingredient that is in alot of food products.
TBHQ, tertiary butylhydroquinone, is an antioxidant derived from petroleum.
TBHQ is a form of butane, i.e LIGHTER FLUID, that the FDA allows processors to use sparingly in our food.
Ingesting a single gram of TBHQ can cause “nausea, vomitting, ringing in the ears, delirium, a sense of suffocation, and collapse.” TBHQ used in lab rats has cause cancer, stomach ulcers, and damage to DNA.
Ingesting 5 grams can kill.
And here’s a gross fact about McNuggests from McDonalds (they love to see you smile). TBHQ is sprayed directly on the nugget or on the inside of the box is comes in to “help preserve freshness.” They “promise” that each nugget has 0.02 percent of TBHQ oil.

The next generation of Laying Girls ...

4 weeks old layers

Posted 2/8/2010 7:27pm by Renee Savary.

Weekly Food Thoughts 02/04/2010

I got an email from someone looking for "ways" to produce organic chicken feed CHEAP!!!

Ok People we need to get out of Cheap Food LaLaLand, either we change the way food out there is getting subsidies or we accept the fact that real food comes at a price and we need to change the way we eat.

Here is how the system works now : MegaFarm is producing corn at $10 a bushel (please don't quote me on numbers or names this just for the purpose of the example) so their cost is $10, here comes UncleSam giving MegaFarm $10 subsidies to each bushel of corn. At this point the cost of producing corn is Zero (0), arrive HFCS inc., mega food manufacturer, willing to pay $5 for the same bushel of corn, of course MegaFarm is happy to sell and makes a $5 profit. I simplified it but this is the principle. Now let's remove UncleSam subsidies. MegaFarm is still producing at $10/bushel and still wants to make $5 in profit therefor they will sell to HFCS inc. at $15/bushel !! Right here the price of your food tripled !!! Of course I am not taking into consideration all the ugly scheme this corn will go through before hitting your plate. Now you wonder where the $10 in subsidies comes from ??? I have news from you ... WE are paying with our tax $$ and subsequent Health Royalties for ever and this is the "beauty" of it : WE pay before we even buy !!! ... There is no miracle or magic formula, Real Food cost to produce, at $6/dozen for my eggs I pay the feed for the chickens that's all !!!

I went to a workshop called "small scale poultry raising" or something like that. Given by UF, the first speaker, PhD in nutrition, spent 17 minutes bashing organic practices, stating that if you want problems, snags, headaches (his words) that was the way to go !! I was wondering what I have been doing for the last two years or so ?? of course the only way he was promoting was factory farms, it amazed me that someone at that level was not more knowledgeable or at least open to organic practices, it shows how brain wash most people are about food, pretending that the food system in this country is one of the safest in the world ... welcome to LaLaLand. Then, at the other end of the spectrum, I was part of a backyard chickens workshop full of people wanting to raise their own chickens and realizing how dysfunctional the food system is. I loved it and made me want to start having backyard poultry workshops here at the farm, I will give you full details next week ...
Back to reality I have a ton of feed (literally) to unload ... hahaha ... see you all tomorrow ...

PS: I watch a great documentary called : food beware: the french organic revolution (Netflix) about how a small village gets its school cafeteria to go all organic and the impact on the community from the parents to the local farmers, a perfect example of how when there is a political will "things" happend. Watch it you will love it ....

Happy Hour at the farm  ...

Happy hour at the farm

Posted 1/26/2010 9:14am by Renee Savary.

Weekly food thoughts 01/21/2010 (broth in can part 2)

First full disclosure, I never bought a can of soup, dont ask why but even before I "knew better" I always thought it was easier to make it ... anyway this explain that I am totally facinated by that ingredients list ... so I went back to the store, with my little pad and a pen and yes they look at me funny !!! 
The ingredients I forgot last time : chicken broth (water, chicken stock) !! They are selling chicken broth made with chicken broth !!!! hahahah ... I wonder if that chicken broth was also made with chicken broth ... you know dilution like in homeopatie ... the more you dilute the stronger ... lol ...
but then next to it was that cute plastic box containing cubes : beef stock.
Ingredients : salt, sugar, MSG, maltodextrin, garlic powder, onion powder, palm oil, wheat flavor, spices, citric acid, caramel, paprika, turmeric, corn starch.
You know how labelling works ?? the most comes first, here it is salt !!! I made sure I did not forget the beef or anything closely related to beef ... like beef bones for example. They sell beef stock that does not contain any beef !!! 
On my way home I was thinking it would be funny to reconstruct backward the food that is out there ... like my chickens: once it is in your plate, we could rewind and we would end up pretty much with a chicken, a little crooked but a chicken, now let's start to rewind a beef stock that does not contain beef to start with ... or the chicken of the chicken broth ... Imagine that one little chicken in a thousand gallons of water ... lol ...
The other day I was watching a re-run of Martha and Michael Polland was on, he said something that I liked very much: you can vote 3 times a day with your fork !!!
Another news this week Forbes Magazine named Monsanto company of the year 2009 !!! what are those people thinking ??? Time to vote I guess ...
Hereafter a great article about organic from you dont know where :
http://vtdigger.org/2009/12/02/your-organic-food-made-in-china-part-2/
Another good reason to come to the market, we may not offer everything you need but at least you know where it comes from ....

See you Saturday .. even if you dont need anything, come by, grab a coffee, look around, chat with your farmers ... we love to chat ...


The ducks playing in the mud this morning ...

Ducks playing in the mud