Finding First Gear

Finding First Gear We have a love affair with convenience. We want automatic everything so it’s faster and easier to do.  I certainly prize my washing machine over a washtub and scrubbing board, but the more we take our elves out of the creation process or tackling the actual work, the less we appreciate the [...]

Weeds and Puppy Poop

A couple of weeks ago, I had lunch with three of my closest friends from my undergraduate days at Penn State. While we’ve pursued different career paths and family situations, we’ve managed to reconnect for an annual summer lunch date. This year, Cindy and I drove to Trish’s house and then carpooled to Claudia’s house [...]

 Be a Thermostat, Not a Thermometer

June 2021 we bought a new commercial retail freezer for the farm store to feature products like Windy Knoll ice cream, our Grateful Pizzas, and other prepared foods. Any new equipment we purchase is a big deal since our budget usually is restricted to “used”. About a month ago, the ice cream started to feel [...]

Small Ball

In baseball, they call it “small ball.” Be it by walks, bunts, steals, or singles, the idea is that a series of more measured, incremental steps is a more successful path to home base than swinging for the fences. Of course, who doesn’t love seeing a home run or a grand slam? Like America’s pastime, [...]

An Original Build Back Better Story

  For last few months, the national news has been dominated by the politicking in Washington over two major spending bills- an infrastructure program and a social agenda program. While I am not qualified to discuss the merits of either one, I have found in my readings an example of one of the most successful [...]

How Much Does It Cost to Feed a Pig?

Everyone is familiar with their “food budget”.  It’s how much you plan to spend on food each month. The United Sates has the lowest percentage of disposable income spent on food in the world. In 2019, Americans spent an average of 9.5 percent of their disposable personal incomes on food—divided between food at home (4.9 percent) and food away from home (4.6 [...]

Got Flavor?

There's a , running joke that when you can't descibe wha you're eating you say "tastes like chicken", but what exactly does that taste like?  We spend too much time and money in life not to be eating something good. And, when I say "good" I mean flavorful. The ingredients for great flavor in clude [...]

Link It, Ink It

Link-It:  Sites we like and think you’ll find them useful too. Farms: Our farm–   Organizations, Associations, Agencies: Future Harvest CASA– Alternative Farming Systems Information Service (USDA) Maryland Agriculture and Resource-Based Industries Corporation (MARBIDCO) Maryland Deparment of Agriculture University of Maryland Extension-Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) University of Maryland Extension-Maryland Rural Enterprise Development Center Johns [...]

Porktoberfest 2019

October is National Pork Month.  Have you had some bacon today?  Pigs are one of the most prolific animals in the world since their young are born in litters (our sows have 10-12 pigs per litter, twice a year) and they do well outdoors as foragers. Did you know that on average we each consumer [...]