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Fresh Apples from Lynd Fruit Farm

Jonagold Apples

This Saturday, my family and I went to Lynd Fruit Farm and picked up some Jonagold and Golden Delicious apples.  Lynd, which is in Pataskala, Ohio, has the best apples we can find anywhere; we go there every year.

Honeycrisp Apples

They have seventeen varieties of apples you’re allowed to pick yourself, but we usually go for six: Gala, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, and Fuji.  The Jonathans, because of their high acidity and tartness, are good for using in meat dishes, and all the apples listed make great sauce and pies.  I usually use  Jonathans and Jonagolds for pies.

Jonathan Apples

All these apples last until December if you refrigerate them.  The Fujis, which are picked in mid-late October, last until April and May.

Fuji Apples

If you have a local fruit farm near you and an opportunity to buy apples from them, I highly recommend it.  When they’re in season, local apple varieties taste much better than the typical Red Delicious you buy in the grocery store.  And if you pick enough, you’ll be able to have pie throughout the winter.

(Note: the bottom three pictures were taken from the Lynd Fruit Farm website: http://www.lyndfruitfarm.com/apple-varieties/)

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400 Million Fewer Animals Killed in the US in 2014

Food Revolution Cow

Great news for the meatless and animal rights movements!  According to this Food Revolution Network article, people in developed  countries are eating less meat, and it’s already starting to show.  In 2014, 400 million fewer animals were subjected to industrial farming and slaughter.

I like meat, but I’ m trying to do my part for these animals and for the environment.  When I was in Wooster for the past two years, I bought very little meat, and what I did buy was from local sources.  I also found out last night that I can’t eat a huge steak (conventionally-raised beef) without feeling nauseous, though I’m not sure if that’s due to my feelings about factory farming or to a smaller appetite from dieting.

Whatever the reason, here’s hoping I can keep it up.

(The picture was originally taken from the article).

Factory Farms and Chicken Abuse

Nicholas Kristof, a New York Times journalist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, has written a shocking article about how Perdue, a company which puts a “humanely raised” label on its chicken products, really raises its chickens.

Spoiler alert: it’s not humane, and it’s not pretty.  See this link for details.  It just goes to show that when it comes to buying humanely raised meats, it’s always best to do your research first.

Toxic 2,4-D and Agent Orange

Toxic 2,4-D and Agent Orange

A toxic defoliant and GE crops.  That sounds like an environmental disaster waiting to happen, doesn’t it?  But not to the EPA, the so-called Environmental Protection Agency.  Oh, no.  Both the EPA and the USDA are proposing approval of toxic 2,4-D use on Dow Chemical’s genetically-modified corn and soybeans.

Sign the petition at the following link.  Let the USDA and EPA know what a bad idea this is.

The weather dic…

The weather dictates what we do, every day. You’re always trying to stay one step ahead of it.

We don’t know what normal is anymore.

This was said by Arlyn Schipper, an Iowa farmer, in response to the increased numbers of droughts, floods, storms, and heat waves in this country.  If you still have any doubt that climate change is real, ask an American farmer.