Thistle Hill Farm – Blog

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Category: Food

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

Another totally unnecessary….

….”enhancement” of bacon.  It’s called a Swineapple roast.                                 Pork ribs ringed by pineapple and then a crust of bacon.  This suggestion is from our son, Church Matthews, website.  (He’s been away from the farm too long!)

Gluten sensitivity….maybe not….

….here’s a nutritionist that makes the point that gluten has been around for thousands of years.  While all the gluten sensitivity now? (To be honest, I suspected it was one of those yuppie diseases). But here’s an explanation that makes sense to me: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/real-reason-for-toxic-wheat-its-not-gluten/ Thanks to Dawn Gerrish for the link.  

The Christmas Tree bill….

….perhaps the greatest wrongs committed in Washington are discovered too-late in what is known as the Christmas Tree bill.  That’s when all the pet projects of all the corrupt lawmakers are loaded onto a “must-pass” bill to keep the government running.  It comes up for a vote—all the bad stuff hidden among the required stuff—at the last […]

If you read only one thing today….

….it’s this on the jockeying for new nutrition guidelines.  And if time is limited read the last paragraph. Or if it’s really limited, here’s the last paragraph: There’s no shortage of lessons here, well beyond this food fight. Even when everyone’s intentions are good, politics can get in the way of science. Scientists are not […]

So what is Chipotle doing about it?

This is the most complete article we’ve seen on what the fast-food chain is doing about the food-poisoning outbreak.  Complete except that it doesn’t say anything about how this all happened after Chipotle abandoned grass fed beef and substituted the industrial product used by everyone else. It’s also interesting that the company brags about using […]

You just don’t get it….

….a Washington Post reporter passes over the fact right before his eyes.  (This is my shocked face!) Chipotle, which was the darling of the fast-food category for a time, has run into a bad patch.  The chain has been plagued with an outbreak of E.coli that has forced it to close a number of stores….sales […]