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Valley Farmers Cooperative & Farm Store

Here is a nice road trip for you – if you live in New York City. Drive to the Valley Farmers Cooperate & Farm Store, buy some nice meat, stick it in a cooler in your car and then head to the Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery which is only a 10 minute drive, taste some wine, do some apple picking and then head home.

Here is a link to the Farm Store (where you get the meat):

https://lowlandfarm.eatfromfarms.com/

And where you get Wine, Cider, and Spirits:

https://wvwinery.com/

And took a look at the satellite view of the farm –

In contrast, take a look at this CAFO – so much green grass – because the cows aren’t allowed to graze on them! (And guess what that does to the cows? It makes them sick. And guess what happens when you eat sick animals? You… become fat and sick)

Those little houses you see are the mini cages that they put Veal in. #PETA Where are you! I strongly agree with PETA that we should not abuse animals… because what we do to them is done to us… call it Karma or whatever you like, but this is what I believe.

Anyway, the meat I got from the Hudson Valley Cooperate & Farm Store was great!

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MackBrook Farms Porterhouse


While I was in Lake George this summer (2020), I looked up local farms on eatwild.com and found 3 that were close to where I was staying in downtown Lake George.

I called all 3 and was able to get through to one of them, MacBrook Farm (https://mackbrookfarm.com/)

How do you order? Just dial 1-518-838-6187. Talk to the farmer directly and tell them what time you can come to pick up the goods. In my case, it was a sweet woman who asked me where I am staying and made some great tourist recommendations.

Anyway, I came by the next morning at 7:00 am (I hate traffic) and picked up some meat.

Since I was staying at “Scottys Lakeside Resort (https://www.scottyslakesideresort.com/), which had communal grills, I was able to cook my first order on wood charcoal that I brought with me from NYC. The meat tasted so good that I decided to make a second visit to get some more meat.

Anyway, during my second order I asked for some Porterhouse steaks, and the farmer told me that they cut their Porterhouse steaks to the Italian “Fiorenina” size, which is roughly 2 inches.

https://www.eataly.com/us_en/magazine/eataly-recipes/bistecca-fiorentina-steak/

The address:

312 McEachron Hill Rd, Argyle, NY 12809

And the Cheese Farm “Argyle Cheese Farm”:

990 Coach Road, Argyle, NY 12809

Anyway, here are some pictures:

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Bonus – There was a cheese farm around the ‘block’. I tried their eggs, excellent!

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White Oak Pastures Ordered

Here is what I ordered from White Oak Pastures:
(Cut and paste from Gmail looking good…)

QtyDescriptionUnit PricePrice
2Grassfed Beef Kidneys
2380F
$6.99$13.98
1White Oak Pastures Black T-Shirt Large
T303
$16.99$16.99
1Grassfed Beef Tenderloin Tips & Tails
2363F
$15.99$15.99
1Grassfed Beef Hanging Tender
2680F
$25.99$25.99
3Grassfed Beef Skirt Steak
2151F
$17.99$53.97
2Grassfed Beef Liver
2390F
$7.99$15.98
2Grassfed Beef Ribeye Steak (Boneless)
2470F
$20.99$41.98
2Grassfed Beef Flat Iron Steak
1170F
$17.99$35.98
1Grassfed Beef Oxtail Sliced
2440F
$25.99$25.99
2Grassfed Beef Spleen
2394F
$8.99$17.98
2Grassfed Beef Pancreas
2950F
$8.99$17.98
Questions about your order? Contact customer service.Subtotal$282.81
Shipping$9.95
Total$292.76

With this order, shipping was only $9.95, I did not pay extra for the ‘Greencell’ packaging that is fully compostable. I want to see what their regular packaging is like and next time…

I am very excited about this order, after all, White Oak Pastures is the subject of the study showing that Regenerative Ranching is carbon negative!

Read it here:

https://blog.whiteoakpastures.com/hubfs/WOP-LCA-Quantis-2019.pdf

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Up Next: White Oak Pastures

On their website they say “come visit us”. Too bad they are down South all the way in Georgia. That is, a 16 hour drive or 1,047 miles from New York City!

They do however have an online shop. My hopes for this farm are high because they are the subject of the a study by Quantis that shows that purchasing meat from them is a carbon negative event. Yes that’s right, buying a pound of beef from White Oak Pastures results in carbon being sequestered in to the soil. That is better than any monocultured vegetable and much better than all conventionally farmed meat – including so called ‘organic’ meat. (Organic simply means that they fed the cows organic feed, whether that feed is corn or grass, which by the way cows are not supposed to eat corn or other grains…)

Anyway, see for yourself:

https://www.whiteoakpastures.com/meet-us/environmental-sustainability/

For completeness, here is a link to White Oak Pastures, in Bluffton, Georgia:

https://www.whiteoakpastures.com/

Cuts of note:

  • Grassfed Beef 1/8 Cow
    • 35 pounds of various cuts
    • $475
  • Tomahawk Steak
    • 32 oz
    • $35.99

As for shipping? They advertise orders over $100.00 are only $9.95 for shipping and you can upgrade to a compostable cooler for 10% of the cost of your order, so for the 1/8 cow that would be $47.50. Add $9.95 and you get $532.45. So 532.45 divied by 35 pounds comes to $15.21 per pound of beef. But this is truly grass-fed beef, the real ‘organic’ that your friends can have nothing to say about… Not Whole Foods animal Welfare Rating 4, not 5, not even 5+. This is infinity. This is beef raised the way that the Sioux hunted from Dances with Wolves…

Anyway, I will order something soon and will do a cost analysis by cut of beef compared to a conventional supermarket in New York City, and a Whole Foods in New York City.

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Another Animal Welfare Rating System

See the Animal Welfare Institute guide to “Food Labels and Animal Welfare”

https://awionline.org/content/consumers-guide-food-labels-and-animal-welfare#:~:text=Certified%20Animal%20Welfare%20Approved%20by%20AGW%20is%20the%20only%20USDA,outdoors%2C%20on%20pasture%20or%20range.

And the “Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW” – the AGW stands for “A Greener World”:

https://agreenerworld.org/certifications/animal-welfare-approved/

And finally, a farm that is Animal Welfare Approved and is located in upstate New York close to Lake George that I visited recently:

http://mackbrookfarm.com/

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Support Food Lies (Film)

Check out the trailer for an indiegogo project for “Food Lies” here:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/food-lies-post/x/2960294#/

I want the tee shirt that says:

“It’s what else you EAT, not the Meat!”

If you have the time, read this post:

https://www.sapien.org/blog/why-we-should-be-eating-more-meat-not-less

If you are in a rush, watch this video linked from the bottom of the post:

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Joyce Farms

Joyce Farms – https://joyce-farms.com/

Located in Winston-Salem, North Caroline.

Uses Regenerative Agriculture.

I ordered a whole Rooster for $29.99, some beef bones, a whole Pheasant, a whole beef tongue, and a beef top-round.

The Rooster had thick skin, thick bones and the meat was darker than the chicken I am used to. It also tasted much better.

Here are some pictures:

Joyce Farm Box Arrives
Did not use GreenCell technology – but this was during the start of the lockdown and they were overloaded with orders.
Frozen Beef Tongue
Thawed out Beef Tongue
I made a mistake by chopping it up like this. It was real hard to eat and cook because the tongue skin is so thick. Next time I’ll just boil it like everybody else does!
Rooster wing or Pheasant wing, I forget

Regardless, I recommend this place!

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Regenerative Ranching

Carbon negative farming. This is what I like to call “real organic”, or to others, the way food is supposed to be.

So I found this online shop – Carter Country Meats (cartercountrymeats.com) – and have ordered the 10 pound box of meat from here. It comes in “recycled, insulated cardboard packaging”. When it arrives, I will review the meat in another post. For now, let us consider our options, all include 2-Day Air free shipping.

5 Pound Box – $110 => $22 per pound

10 Pound Box – $190 => $19 per pound

20 Pound Box – $330 => $16.5 per pound

Since my freezer is practically full… I will opt for the 10 pound option. I will post a follow up when it arrives here.

See the box here:

https://cartercountrymeats.com/products/big-horn-boxes-subscriptions?variant=31487408177219

Worried about the environment? Their boxes come in completely compostable packaging – that green stuff – called ‘Green Cell Foam’ is used instead of Styrofoam, and is fully biodegrades – as per the packaging – I have not tried composting this myself.

Anyway, check out their site and learn about the difference between conventional beef and real beef:

https://cartercountrymeats.com/blogs/news/grass-fed-beef-vs-corn-fed-beef-what-s-the-difference-and-why-does-it-matter?_pos=1&_sid=dbdc7c1c0&_ss=r

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The Chinese noted with surprise and disgust the ability of the Mongol warriors to survive on little food and water for long periods; according to one, the entire army could camp without a single puff of smoke since they needed no fires to cook. Compared to the Jurched soldiers, the Mongols were much healthier and stronger. The Mongols consumed a steady diet of meat, yogurt, and other dairy products, and they fought men who lived on gruel made from various grains. The grain diet of the peasant warriors stunted their bones, rotted their teeth, and left them weak and prone to disease. In contrast, the poorest Mongol soldier ate mostly protein, thereby giving him strong teeth and bones. Unlike the Jurched soldiers, who were dependent on a heavy carbohydrate diet, the Mongols could more easily go a day or two without food.

–Ghengis Khan And The Making of The Modern World

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40718726-genghis-khan-and-the-making-of-the-modern-world