Category: Food & Drink

Azure Standard Affiliate!

By , March 9, 2018

For years, we’ve ordered some of our bulk goods through Azure Standard.

Azure started on a family farm east of Portland, Oregon that went organic in the early 1970s. They started operating what is commonly known as Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) a concept we’ve advocated for a long time (see Community Supported Agriculture). They expanded as they sought out organic and non-GMO products their customers requested that the farm couldn’t provide, and eventually, they became the largest independent natural and organic food distributor in the U.S.!

Apples and Azure Standard logo

Azure Standard has some nice backgrounds for their Facebook page (Image: Azure Standard).

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“Dinosaur Eggs”

By , March 3, 2018

We do not raise chickens on our homestead.

We have a chicken coop, built and used by the originating family. It serves mostly as a garden shed right now.

We talk about raising chickens or ducks, but a few key obstacles keep us from taking any action yet. First and foremost, I want to find an alternative to hauling feed over the ridge. Also, we have a really good relationship with our neighborhood predators: mink, ermine, and marten, (okay, maybe not so much the martens—see “Wait Til ‘Marten’ Comes!”) that keep our rodent pest populations in check. I don’t want to change that dynamic by offering them poultry to raid. Finally, there’s the issue of working out an off-grid method for keeping them warm in the winter. I know several ways to do that, it’s just a matter of setting it up.

So, for now, we raise no chickens of our own, but we buy almost all of our eggs from Hainesites who do.

local chicken eggs

A couple of dozen local chicken eggs (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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