Fall is upon us--this glorious season of spectacular colors, bright, cool air, and the delightful warmth of gentle soups.
For Grassfed on the Hill, this is a season of growth and gratitude--although every season is one of exceptional gratitude.
The past few months, I have been working extra hard to find the best possible products to share with you all. You are always welcome to pre-order and not wait for the deadline.
INTRODUCING NEW PRODUCTS!
Oakham Farm Pork (Available monthly on the 3rd week of the month)
Oakham farm is a farm in Northern Virginia dedicated to reinvigorating that land as a small, sustainable farm. Alisa Johnson is a new farmer raising pastured pork on this farm she shares with her mother. She is raising a specialty, heritage breed of pig called Ossabaw pork. Ossabaw pork is known for its high fat content, with a particular emphasis on the taste and quality of the fat. This breed has an interesting history and role in ecosystems. Currently, the pork is pastured with full free range within the selected pastures. They are transitioning to organic which means the pigs get some conventional grain along with their acorns, walnuts, roots, and forage.
There are a select few of these pork products available to us. Several of these fatty cuts are large portions. This past summer, Alisa hosted a tasting event for Grassfed on the Hill members in anticipation of offering her products to the group. If you were lucky enough to attend that event, you will remember the spectacular flavor and texture of these pork cuts.
Beeswax Wraps (Available monthly on the 3rd week of the month)
If you are anything like me, you are always looking for ways to reduce plastic consumption. These organic cotton and beeswax wraps replace plastic wrap and sandwich bags in most cases. Wrap up cheeses or other leftovers using the stickiness of the wax to secure the wrap. As a bowl cover or sandwich wrap, it is works the same way--cover what you need to and use the warmth of your hand to soften the wax so it sticks to itself. These wraps are each handmade by a lady in PA. They come in different sizes and are priced accordingly.
Cod Liver Oil (Available as part of the November 15 delivery. Limited supply! If there is enough interest, I will carry these and other products from Organic 3 regularly)
Always in search of the best products myself, I am happy to offer what I find for others who are interested. I recently learned much more about Organic 3 and their specialty brand of fresh cod liver oil--Rosita. This company is dedicated to providing the highest quality supplements possible. (If there is enough interest in other products they carry, please let me know! I would be happy to carry more if there is demand)
That's all for now! Please hit reply with any questions, comments, or feedback! I always love hearing from you.
Grassfed on the Hill Purpose:
I believe that we have the right to nourish our families and ourselves by peacefully accessing the foods of our choice from the producers we choose. We have the right to pursue vibrant health by choosing the foods that are best for us. This is why I run this buying club and this is why I am thrilled to make these amazing foods available to you and your family.
Thank you for making Grassfed on the Hill your source for local foods!
See a ten acre, six-year-old forest garden. Tour starts at 12:00pm and lasts an hour and a half. Then volunteer time all afternoon - come whenever you like. Suggested donation is $15 per person. More info: www.forested.us/forest-garden-tours/. Hope to see you here!
The Spiritual Food CSA helps mobilize support for a form of agriculture that offers the best chance of rescuing the planet. Regenerative Agriculture - of which Biodynamics is the pre-eminent example – has received global recognition since the Paris Climate talks for its potential to draw down carbon from the atmosphere and thus save the planet from catastrophe, restore its health and consequently secure the future of our families and fellow human beings. As members, we play our part in caring for Mother Nature. We participate in a form of activism for peace and the well-being of humankind that does not require extra time, demonstrations, or conflictive actions. It is the power of our unified thoughts - once we come to clear understanding of the mission we embark upon -- that will have a ripple effect across the planet.
CSA is structured to eliminate usury and waste, share risk in human cooperation, and pave the road to a better future. It is to learn the benefit of community and the abundance of nature. It replaces price gauging with fair play for both consumers and farmers in an environment of trust and social friendship.
Every person who joins a CSA --provided it is in arrangement directly with farmers -- helps a farmer detach from the predatory market forces that discourage localization and diversification needed to stabilize the food economy, build soil capacity, end pesticide contamination, ensure proper food safety regulations, reduce farm debt, and increase the number of young farmers. In other words, save farms that some say are being lost at the rate of 40 acres every hour in the US.
Biodynamics is a holistic, ecological, and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food and nutrition. The word means “working with the energies which create and maintain life.” It is a world-wide non-chemical agriculture movement begun in 1924 that actively restores the depleted life-giving forces of the planet concentrating cosmic and earthly energies into special preparations that act like homeopathic remedies for the microbial, plant, and animal life on the farm. Studies show Biodynamic produce has concentrated nutrient value, increasing vitality, immune function and feeling of overall well-being.
The food: We are inspired by the belief that True Food nourishes the body and the human spirit.
The farmer: Rudolf Steiner who gave the impulse for Biodynamics said one has only to penetrate this material world to discover that it is indeed the spiritual world. The farmer, mediating between the realms of nature (mineral, plant, animal) and human is creating a new agriculture which supports more evolved forms of life.
The community: This CSA is sponsored by the School of Life, a yoga-centered spiritual community near downtown Bethesda. Members can participate by setting up on Wednesdays or bagging dry goods at home to get a good experience of behind-the-scenes in bringing this special food from farm to table. Members also may share recipe ideas, join the annual farm tour, attend events at the School of Life, or even volunteer at serving fresh-cooked, nutritious meals to the homeless of Washington DC.