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Easter Lamb

By Jan Buhrman

For years, I claimed that most lamb was 100% grass-fed, since lambs grow fairly quickly (8-10 months) and can thrive on minimal land.  So imagine my surprise when I discovered that over half of American lamb is actually confined and “finished” on fed grain (GMO CORN!) To make this more complicated this past January,...

Tu B’Shevat

By Jan Buhrman

January and February are good months to begin planning our gardens. What would you love to add to your landscape this season? I am looking at hazelnut trees. My friend Caitlin from Mermaid Farm said that “whatever you do, only order American, as the European Hazelnut Trees are subject to blight.” I love Fedco...

Brussels Sprouts with Grapes.

By Jan Buhrman

Our family loves Brussels sprouts. When my kids were  little, I would take requests for the upcoming week’s  dinners ( NO mac n’ cheese Or chicken fingers!) Brussels  Sprouts were always top on the list. I can’t believe that I  never thought of putting grapes or apples in them as I was  sure that...

Quick Pickled Peppers.

By Jan Buhrman

We pickle a lot of vegetables in our kitchen. We have a policy that nothing goes to waste and that means when there is abundance, we get to pickling.It is a very tasty way to preserve food when it is at it’s peak and enjoy a few days or weeks later.We pickle everything and...

Chicken Island – Coop de Ville: Part Two

By Jan Buhrman

Read Part One A Few Terms to Understand About Chicken-Raising Here is an outline of farmers who raise chickens and sell eggs.  There are many growers and I do certainly know many of them, these are the larger egg producers that I am familiar with. The farmers I know who are feeding their chickens...

Chicken Island – Coop de Ville: Part One

By Jan Buhrman

I am one of the leaders of Slow Food Martha’s Vineyard and on August 4th, Slow Food MV will host The Coop de Ville Tour. This is the celebration of the local egg and chicken-raising on Martha’s Vineyard. We at Slow Food MV believe that what we do best is to bring educational experiences...

GMO Breakdown

By Jan Buhrman

The most dangerous threat facing our food supply is Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). GMOs are the result when scientists take the DNA of one species and force it into the DNA of another. Food is taken from its most natural whole state and turned into a science experiment. Scientists have created many genes that...

Synthetic Organic?

By Jan Buhrman

I have a friend in Washington DC who is a whistle blower and a policy analyst at the EPA and he sends me emails everyday. I found his most recent message regarding the new proposal about synthetic methionine in organic poultry production both interesting and utterly annoying: The USDA will publish on February 6,...

OYSTERS

By Jan Buhrman

Oysters are truly a sustainable food  – they are having a significant impact up and down the eastern coast . They are saving our ponds on Martha’s Vineyard where excess nutrients from septic systems and lawn fertilizers have been slowly killing the ponds’ ecosystems. With the introduction of oyster farming, our ponds are coming...

No Poison Served…

By Jan Buhrman

I was in my son’s high school this week and I noticed a person drinking a diet soda. I became irritated that we allow this in schools. I remember my days when I was a school teacher and teachers smoked in the school lunch room and all around the school grounds. In only 15...

Lamb: Raised in Confinement

By Jan Buhrman

Sustainable farming is all about making choices to produce wholesome, healthy products that people can enjoy without sacrificing the welfare of animals or the health of the environment. Most modern farming practices focus only on reducing the costs of production and ignore the costs to the livestock, soil, air, water, and human health associated...

North Tabor Farm Shiitake Mushrooms

By Jan Buhrman

North Tabor Farm in Chilmark raises shiitake mushrooms that are truly sustainable. North Tabor grows their shiitake mushrooms on natural hardwood logs in a forest setting. This type of production is called “forest farming” and it has become a popular way of growing shiitake mushrooms in the United States. Forest farming is not a...

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