Thistle Hill Farm – Blog

…doing what comes naturally

Category: Food

Sometimes you gotta wonder….

….if that old joke isn’t true….that among the three greatest lies is “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you”.   It seems the feds devote their greatest effort to what isn’t a problem…..finding ways to nitpick small farms and processors when all the  bad food is coming out of the industrial food chain. […]

Well, this is depressing….

….and it’s only a partial list.  Doesn’t anyone every wonder why we’re spending more and more on health care….and our population is increasingly less well?  Let’s start with obesity, autism, ADD in our kids.  You think maybe?? http://nypost.com/2016/07/10/the-truth-behind-how-were-scammed-into-eating-phony-food/ I also have to shake my head when people say they don’t eat red meat….but choose chicken […]

New on the scene….

….well new to me anyway.  Tammi Jonas is an Australian farmer (cattle and pigs) who departed vegetarianism several years ago to become not only an omnivore but a butchers.  And not incidentally, an advocate for “natural” farming. Ms Jonas recently attended a pork producers meeting in Australia and found her worst fears confirmed.  Pigs are a […]

Eat. More. Fat.

….they’re having the same difficulty in England as here in the States….breaking down the “settled science” that fat makes you fat.  In fact, the right fat makes you thin…and healthy. http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/672772/eat-more-fat-Britain-obesity-health-epidemic-cholesterol-NHS

A hymn to farming….

….sort of. We’ve played music from the Peterson Brothers before.  They’re young men of a Minnesota farm family telling their story via rap, funk, etc.  Unintentionally, they often (as in this video) catalog pretty much all the sins of modern commercial farming. The argument is always that this rape of the land is necessary to […]

I laugh….

….when I hear people say they’ve given up eating red meat….in favor of chicken! http://wisemindhealthybody.com/nick-meyer/01-facts-about-chickens/?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=postplanner&utm_source=facebook.com Thanks to Lois Aylestock of Blue Ridge Meats for the link.

I’m from the government….

….and I’m here to protect you.  Not! Awhile back, grass fed meat producers were making some progress with the government in establishing minimum standards for labeling.  Nothing radical; you still weren’t going to be told whether the meat you ate came from cows fattened on hormones and antibiotics. Well that lasted until grass fed meat […]

A special place in hell….

….reserved for Monsanto, I trust.  Now they’ve found Roundup in California wines….not some of them….all of them.  Even the organic wines! Thanks to Church Matthews for the link. Glyphosate Found in 100% of California Wines Tested

Congrats to our butcher….

….don’t know how I missed this, but Blue Ridge Meats in Front Royal, VA—better known around here as “our butcher”—received great press about a month ago in the Washington Post.  Doug and Lois Aylestock do it the right way and that’s why we selected them when we began selling beef (and later pork) direct from […]

Now this is hard to believe….

….developers have discovered another marketing gimmick:  agrihoods! Selling even better than those gated golf course communities.  In fact, they’re turning golf courses into farms (kinda) and people are buying the views (and the food). http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/agrihood-homes-built-working-farms-36806887