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Don’t bank on this food

Last Thursday, E. Ho and I took an unflinching look at the ingredients of the food in our cupboard. Well, we maybe flinched a little. I'm not saying all of the foods pictured here are bad for you. It's just impossible to tell if they're bad for you. Inspired by the documentary Future of Food, which focuses...

Food You Can Trust’s family friendly farm tour!

Folks in Austin are cordially invited to a tour of the Food You Can Trust farm. Meet Chickenman, Chickenwoman, Elsa the Tour Guide and Baby John, and get some eggs and milk, and some grass-fed beef as well. If you've been reading about Ethicurean hero Chickenman and his farm, then you know how lucky we are...

Future of Food, the second coming

If you watched the Future of Food (see Corn Maven's review), chances are you found yourself tearing up over the plight of Percy Schmeiser, the independent farmer who was sued by GM corporation goliath, Monsanto. Not GM as in General Motors, although in my opinion their practices are just as horrifying....

Outstanding in the Field is coming to Austin

Would you like to go on a Very Ethicurean culinary adventure? Try eating food from the farm, at the farm -- it can't get much more local than that! Outstanding in the Field North American farm tour is coming to Boggy Creek Farm in Austin, TX, on Sunday, September 24. Farmers Larry Butler and Carol Ann...

Pepper has a Southern drawl

"No animal understands its relationship to the farmer like a cow does." Chickenman and I are walking Pepper back to the pasture -- she hopped the fence in order to be near her calf, Creampuff, who was at a neighbor's house. All night long they were mooing at each other. When asked why Creampuff ran away...

Capsicum lately

I snagged these gorgeous peppers from Scott Arbor Farm, a family farm located in Seguin, about 50 miles south of Austin. I always make a beeline to their stand at the downtown Austin Farmer's Market. According to their website, they have been farming organically at the same location for 32 years. They were...

Poser Syndrome

It sucks when it is 107 degrees in Austin, especially if you're farming. I thought I was going to die.  I got there around 7am, and in about an hour it was at that point where the sun was uncomfortably hot on my face and arms.  I fed and watered the chickens, removed fencing, and helped Chickenman move the...

Mostly Glorious Food

I'm a little shocked by my newest role as a "great cook." I've always done more mixing than cooking. Pour something out of a box and add water or cream of mushroom soup. Heat. Stir occasionally. With the bulk of my shopping taking place at farms and farmer's markets, I find myself not only cooking more real...

For those who are visiting

Emilio, an intern from Argentina who helped Chickenman on the farm for ten days, has written a post on his blog about the experience. A very thoughtful, moving account of life on the Food You Can Trust farm. Here is an excerpt: I had not realized to what extent i am what i eat. Food affects my moods, my...

Isn’t It Organic?

I think my friends are starting to get suspicious of me. That's what I hated about being a vegetarian: the wariness. "Oh no, here she comes again, trying to make us feel guilty about our food," or "Great, now we have to make her something without chicken broth in it," or, "Why won't she eat meat? Is she...

Chicks Dig Me…and I Dig Them Back

Farming is hard. And I have a feeling Chickenman is going easy on me. Omnichores: Shoveling the wood chips out of the brooder house to get ready for the imminent hatching of the chicks. The brooder house hasn't been used for a long, long time, except by scorpions and geckos, and really big black spiders....

I’ve Heard There Was a Secret Chord

I had a dream about the eggs last night. But before we get into all that, I want to tell you about why. I think the dream could only have occurred from working at the farm. There were things I could know only from touching the eggs, walking in the grass, moving across its landscape, breathing the air....

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