You have FRONT ROW SEATING for the daily flight stampede! Each morning our layers await the doors to open after a secure night in our new egg-mobile! From this moment until dusk, they spend their time on pasture and in the bushes and just everywhere! They are not confined during the day. Try catching them after they leave the roost! And they put themselves to bed. The point is that you have some of the best eggs money can buy. They are out on grass. They also receive a soy-free, gmo-free, and corn-free ration - stored inside the egg-mobile. Compare our gems to store-bought eggs and study their production methods. Rest assured you have access to great eggs for morning, noon and nightly egg-o-licious meals! Contact us for ways to receive food you and your family will enjoy!
Whether you are a paleontologist or a home chef, bones always present an intriguing dilemma. Our ancestors discovered that making a simple but nourishing broth can help our health, slow aging and promote beauty. Sounds like a winner! STEP 1: Don't throw away the bones! Add that little bone from the chuck roast or a steak to a zip lock bag just for beef. Freeze your accumulation. Make a bag for chicken bones too. STEP 2: The best broth is a simple broth. From reading my stash of cook books, I discovered that you only need bones, water, apple cider vinegar (or citrus) and salt to taste. That's it! STEP 3: Preparing is a breeze. With 5 lbs of bones and 5 quarts of water in a stock pot, add 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Bring the mix to a boil then reduce the mix to a simmer. Cook on the stove top 12-24 hours, in a slow cooker 24-48 hours or in a pressure cooker 1-3 hours. Add your favorite salt to taste. FINAL STEP 4: Let broth cool. Skim the fat if you wish. Pour into quart jars with plastic lids and labels. Freeze them. There are recipes for canning the broth as well. Check your most recent Kerr or Ball Canning Book. Coming up soon: Benefits and Uses of Bone Broths!
With the help of Alan, our gifted ranch hand/welder we were blessed this year with not one but two solid shelters for our layers and our meat birds. Drum roll please!.....
The first house to literally roll onto the scene is our yellow egg mobile which can hold about 200 layers at night. By day they are outside everywhere and put themselves to bed when the sun goes down. Clean, ungraded eggs from a variety of chickens running hither and yon. Grass, bugs and soy-free, gmo-free, corn-free feed are found on our layers' table.
The most recent structure is actually a 12'x20' yellow sled with a shiny roof. Currently it holds six turkeys to protect them from our neighbor's German Shepherds. In about 3 weeks, the sled will house over 100 Cornish Rock meat birds while they are moved daily for fresh grass and soy-free, gmo-free, corn-free ration. What do you think of these new homes?
You may have noticed several changes to our website. They are being made with you in mind for your convenience. New beginnings call for new features. Our Food & More page will soon sport an on-line store professionally developed by fellow ranchers. So please stay tuned with updates and offers from our newsletters. Cheers! J.
A Path to Healing
Our health is precious. We don't miss it until we miss it. How did we get into this pickle? How do we get out of it? As one great health writer, Dr. Sherry A. Rogers MD, once wrote: "You are what you ate." The human body is a miraculous creation - motivated to improve - given the chance.
Where Do We Start?
Start at the beginning. Enjoy healthy foods. Enjoy life! Take time to laugh. Think good thoughts. If we are what we ate, then maybe we can become what we now choose to eat.
Seek Clean, Nutritious Foods
The simplest step toward better health is to find and consume nutritious foods. Nutrition and a peaceful spirit are important. Within reach are farmers with naturally good foods - foods that help restore us to healthier, happier selves. Overwhelming evidence supports your next step to wellness!
This May Sound Weird
Believe it or not I eat little meat during the warm months of the year. My foods of choice are spinach, apples, eggs, nuts, juices and some chicken. Just lighter on the constitution while spending half my day outside. But fall and winter are perfect times for more calories from meats - stews, chilies, roasts, baked chickens friended by potatoes and pastas. However, you probably have bigger families to feed or neighbors to entertain year-round. My goal is to bring healthy meats from our pastures to your table. I have been working on doing that job better and better. So - count us as one of your sources of healthy foods now and in the future. G'day. Jackie
This Labor Day weekend is off to a good start. We were blessed with a much needed rain. Farm animals often provide us with memorable moments. Late this morning I was watching the cows under some trees. Two of them popped up from resting and peered across the pasture. I followed their gaze. Across the football size pasture came their new little ones - all by themselves - like a three year old holding hands with a two year old trotting for mama. Mamas went out to meet them and brought them to the herd. Those little ones were thirsty! Tonight I saw that the chickens were roosting in our new home-made egg-mobile. Well, two of our turkeys wanted to roost on the chicken sized roosts too. I went out there to close the doors. I watched one turkey attempt to climb the roost. It kept trying to move to higher and higher rungs - creating a ruckus among the chickens. And the rungs were too small for the turkey's large legs so I had to shoosh her down and out of the egg-mobile before she hurt herself. She accepted that she had to go to her hut for protection for the evening. They are easier to herd than cats. A beautiful end to a beautiful day.
Hi, there! Welcome to our new Blog 2019. Looking forward to getting to know you. This year is the start of a great new year.
In my opinion, it is never too late to change course in your eating choices. First, you may have discovered food affects many aspects of your life - mood, energy, overall health, joy, clothes, sports...
Okay - you have decided to change course in the way you are eating - because you have to or want to - doesn't matter. Making the decision is the first step - a good one. The next step is the mind bender - changing your whole life to put YOU and/or your family first ahead of schedules, meetings, long commutes, hungry kids with homework - you get the picture.
As Dr. Sherry A. Rogers MD once wrote: "You are what you ate!" If your physical self is not satisfactory, make a change - a little one at first. Foods made from scratch and eaten fresh or stored for later consumption is often the better choice for the long run.
Step 1: Recognize the difference between commercially processed, ready-to-eat foods and unprocessed foods. All restaurants aside, let's check your food pantry, frig and freezer. Are your foods canned, frozen, bottled, bagged? You might have a lot of processed foods on the shelf.
Step 2: Make a decision to start eating fresh and natural foods. Consider donating your processed foods that are still in date. Stock up on essential items for your new beginning - pink salt, spices, coconut oil, palm oil, nut flours, pastured butter....
Step 3: Commit to eating at home. Bypass the fast food drive-thru. Don't use your phone app to have pizza delivered as you drive up to your door.
Step 4: List what you and your family like to eat - your favorite foods. Make those foods simple ones with as few ingredients as possible. Breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner.
Step 5: Check your supplies. Make a list for one week's worth of meals and snacks. Shop for missing items.
Step 6: The first two weeks will be the hardest because you are breaking old habits. Prepare your first meals ahead of time - especially if you have to get the kiddos to school early before you start your commute to work.
Step 7: Oh, I forgot to mention to inventory your appliances:
toaster oven, blender, smoothie maker, oven, frig, freezer. [Try to gift your microwave. It is really not good for drinks, soups, warm-ups, or cooking frozen bags of veggies.]
Step 8: Don't be hard on yourself. Expect chaos the first two weeks as everyone settles into a delicious new routine.
You can do this. I am here to help. All I have to offer is my own hard learned experience. You and your family will benefit greatly from this new road to health and adventure!
Blessings to you. And Joy. And Peace.
Jackie at P.O.P. Acres