Recipe: Ramps with Bacon

Ramps are only in season briefly, and this year they’ve arrived all at once. I expect them to be around for at least another couple weeks, but I can’t claim to understand exactly what determines how long they persist, so it’s best to enjoy them while they’re around. This is doubly true on my farm, where the cover of deciduous …

Garth BrownRecipe: Ramps with Bacon
piglets, pastured pork

Forage for Pigs

I’m on year three with my pigs. I started out copying Sugar Mtn Farm’s pig feeding program pretty closely – pasture/hay + whey as the source for the vast majority of the calories my pigs ingested (we even went so far as to buy our boar from Sugar Mtn!). I couldn’t make that hog ration work though. The pigs grew …

Edmund BrownForage for Pigs

How Do You Eat Raw Meat?

The short answer is “don’t,” the longer answer is “very carefully.” Cooking meat has become a cultural norm for a variety of reasons. Cooked meat tastes good, and it is more nutritious, or at least has more available calories. Cooking makes tough cuts tender. But these days the single biggest reason most people cook food is safety. Heat can kill …

Garth BrownHow Do You Eat Raw Meat?
Grass-fed beef kitchen

Pork Meatball & Rice Noodle Soup

Developing a good recipe is difficult, and figuring out how to write it is even harder, so I apologize in advance for this novice effort and for the even more novice video that accompanies it. This simple soup consists of pork meatballs, sauteed vegetables, rice noodles, and chicken broth. Keeping the ingredients separate is a little more work than it …

Garth BrownPork Meatball & Rice Noodle Soup
grass-fed beef

Late Winter Surprise

I fail constantly as a farmer. We got sheep a bit over a year ago. Last June when the lambs came Garth read about a supposedly common practice among shepherds. Rather than fully castrate their lambs some people apparently just band the scrotum so the testicles can’t properly descend. With too much body heat all sperm are supposed to be …

Edmund BrownLate Winter Surprise
grass-fed beef

Cold Exposure

About six weeks ago Alanna and I watched a short documentary about Wim Hof. While it’s clear that Wim is considerably more open to scientific scrutiny than most people who claim to have developed new ways to confer tremendous health benefits, I have not been able to find much evidence for his claims about the efficacy of hyperventilation to promote …

Garth BrownCold Exposure
grass-fed beef

A Magical Food System

Here’s a fun thought experiment: imagine you had a machine in your home that could synthesize a few cheap, easily available ingredients into any food item you might want. You could have an app on your phone from which you could select a full menu, and this machine would perfectly execute each dish to your particular specifications. It could synthesize …

Garth BrownA Magical Food System
grass-fed beef

Spring in February

A February thaw on the farm usually consists of hammering rain, howling wind, and temperatures in the high thirties or maybe forty. In other words, it gets rid of the snow and softens the ground, but it’s even more unpleasant than a typical winter day. But the past few days have been sunny with temperatures getting into the fifties, and, …

Garth BrownSpring in February