Have you noticed this too?

Lately, I've been struck by the numerous billboards, and TV/radio commercials featuring promotional soda pop schemes.

They're absolutely everywhere and I can't help but think of the expense of their campaign for publicity.  I did a quick web search and discovered that in 2014, Coca-Cola spent $3.499 billion on advertising.

Wow...

Here's the part that's disgusting to me.  I discovered that kids are often the most targeted group for this ginormous marketing plan.  Kids.

I'm beginning to understand my role as an educator to my children regarding the realities of things they might find attractive.

My theory regarding the multitude of soft drink ads, was that these companies are losing business and are trying to insure their future.

I found an encouraging article in the NY Times that said between '03 and '14, children drinking a pop on any given day dropped by 20%, and fell 11% in adults.

Another site said that bottled water sales surpassed soft drink sales for the first time in 2016.  They also mentioned that we simultaneously hit a 31 year low in soft drink consumption.

How's that for some uplifting news?  It seems to me that we're moving in the right direction as a society in this area anyhow.

Awesome Turkey Soup Recipe, and it's Super Easy!

I've come to the conclusion that very few people want a whole turkey at any time other than Thanksgiving.

Now that that's established, my question for you is: how do you want your turkey?

I can de-bone the breasts, make fillets, dice it, or just leave it whole.

I can offer turkey legs and thighs separate if you prefer dark meat.

I can package backs, necks, and other bones together for a dynamite turkey stock combination too!

Quick, tell me how you like your turkey so I can get started! lorenfisk@thepoultryguy.com

Turkey Stock Recipe:

  1. Place bones in a pot
  2. Cover with water
  3. Bring to a boil
  4. Reduce to a simmer
  5. Cook for 24 hours or until the bones easily smash between your fingers
  6. Strain out the bones and use the stock for soup!
  7. Freeze any extra stock for later use

Top Notch Turkey Soup Recipe:

  1. De-bone breast and dice into 3/4 inch squares (or order this service from me)
  2. Lightly cook in skillet, just so it turns white on the outside
  3. Place meat in Turkey Stock with your choice of veggies
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste
  5. Simmer until veggies are tender!

Now you have the exact way Allison and I love making turkey soup.  No nasty junk from who knows where, just awesome food! Enjoy!

Soil health, the basis of all health and well being.

In my experience reading health tips and tricks, only in the "radical/alternative" health world have I found consistent emphasis on the importance of meat and vegetables raised in/on healthy soil.

I believe soil condition is one of the most overlooked factors in determining where healthy food comes from.

First, before anything else, we need to know what healthy soil is.

A balanced and complete soil has more individual life forms in a teaspoon's worth, than the human population on earth.  

Unfortunately, soil that is tilled often, chemically bombarded, and compacted by heavy machinery is continually set back in developing the complexity needed for health and wellness.

Alternatively, healthy soil should only be lightly ruffled, periodically massaged by animal feet, fertilized with fresh manure, and left to rest until plant growth has fully recovered.

If you are concerned with the quality of your food, you should be aware of how your farmer treats his/her soil.  Herein is the importance of shopping local, food literacy is the first step towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Major health tip: Just because it's labeled organic doesn't mean it's healthy and nutritious.  Often times, organic methods are just as, or more, destructive than non-organic.

Stay healthy my friends :)

Goodbye '17, you've been good to us!

To me, nothing feels better than looking back and seeing positive advancements in my own life.  Simultaneously, regret is one of the least favorite things I view my past with.

Whatever last year looks like, the most important thing is that it's over.  We've got a new year ahead, and we need to plan it out if we want to improve on last year.

"Failure to plan is planning to fail" -Unknown

Hence, New Year's resolutions.

From what I see, many people make empty promises to themselves and never come close to fulfilling their "plan." 

So, we must make our new plans with the fullest of intentions, and purpose to carry them out, if we truly desire positive change.

This is particularly hard for me because I struggle with self motivation.  One way around this issue is to make myself accountable to someone else, my wife for example.

I extremely dislike disappointing others, so this is a great way for me to stay on track.

 

Now, My New Year's Resolutions!

  1. Grow my little Poultry Guy business to provide chicken and turkey for 100 families
  2. Provide consistent and helpful info all year long to my email list
  3. Find a way to be self employed while getting The Poultry Guy up and running (anyone have a leaky roof, or trees/brush to remove?)
  4. Build healthy soil, improve the water cycle, raise healthy happy animals, so all my patrons may improve their own health and wellness through the ultimate nutrition

That's all for now, stay warm my friends!

Phew, finally slowing down a bit!

Everything leading up to Thanksgiving weekend was crammed full of work, marketing, farm chores, travel preparations, etc...

I'm glad to be moving at a more relaxed pace now that we're getting somewhat settled in for winter.  That'll all change once we start packing and prepping for our move!

We're planning to relocate to Carpenter this winter, it looks like an advantageous location for my farm endeavors.

Ideally, next year I could stay home, work at building my little direct marketing farm, and live the family life.  Realistically, I have many more customers to find/serve before I can do that.

Which brings me to my winter's work:  Reaching out to help people like you find the healthy tasty meats they need.  

I think writing a simple little cook book featuring my little methods for getting great food on the table every evening, will be part of that work.

I may also publish my unique experience+reasons why I feel called to serve my friends and neighbors wholesome pastured meats.

So, stay tuned! If you're on my email list, I'll be in your inbox all winter with some things I really hope you find enjoyable/helpful.

 

P.S. Share this with your best friend ;-)

My Thanks For Thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving.  For me, this particular weekend has always been overflowing with family, fellowship, food, and fun.

If I could keep my mind focused on being thankful for the multitude of wonderful blessings given to me on a regular basis, I could never have a bad day.  

Here's a short list of things that I am appreciative of:

  1. The freedom and opportunity to worship God as He directed us to, through the life of Christ.
  2. My own little family that I get to come home to every day
  3. All of my extended family+friends
  4. My wonderful customers who just love my chickens and turkeys
  5. Natural provisions: food, clothing, shelter, all of which are of great quality
  6. My farm animals and their ability to sooth my mind body and soul
  7. Living in South Dakota, I love this region

Really, when I take a close look at what all I do have, I realize that life is pretty grand.  It's only when I lose my thankfulness that I run into impatience, discontent, and aggravation.

I need to remember that.

What are you thankful for this year?

Cold Weather Brings New Challenges to the Farm

Thursday 5:49 P.M.

With wind chill from 25-35 mph winds, temps are below freezing.

I'm tired from work, pulling into my driveway, and immediately note one of my chicken tractor roofs blew off.  Fabulous.

This is where raising livestock loses its appeal , I've got animals to care for and no desire to face the elements.

Donning sufficient clothing, I headed out to take care of my little birdies.  My clothing is insufficient. 

My roosters are all huddled out of the wind as best they can be.  Smart birds, I envy them.

Now, for my blown away roof. 

Maneuvering a small metal roof in high winds is like being the tail on a giant kite.  I finally managed to manipulate the gusts into helping me lift my roof in place once again.

Next step, feed + water. Check.

Grab all remaining birds outside and get them under cover. Check.

Maintain some level of comfort and positive attitude.  Failed.

I mentally note that I will never again raise chickens or turkeys past the 3rd weekend in October.  Nature's cold weather forces are far too intimidating.

 

On the bright side, two of my gilts had their little piggies last weekend!

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Thankfully, they cuddle up into little pig piles and keep warm in this chilly weather.  I have 7 of them now.

Raising animals is mostly fun and rewarding :-)

The power of knowledge

I was reading a blog post by Diana Rodgers recently, and she brought out some great points.

Diana focused on three foods we, as Americans, commonly eat, and the ugly reality behind their production.

They were bananas, coffee, and chocolate, all of which I really enjoy.

In this country, we enjoy laws and regulations (still have a long ways to go) that have improved the health of our environment, and simultaneously, us humans.

This phenomenon has fostered an uneven global playing field.  Large companies often exploit the people and environment of other countries, who's administrations aren't so conscientious, before importing product to the USA.  

All in the name of "lowest prices/largest profits" which is the reason your cheapest options are often a poor choice.

When you buy imported food items, do your homework.

It's super important to know where our food comes from and how it was raised, because our money ultimately supports every institution factored in producing what we're buying.

Here's why bananas, chocolate, and coffee should be carefully purchased.

Cavendish bananas (most popular variety by far) are heavily sprayed with chemicals that have been outlawed in the USA and other countries due to environmental concerns and public health and safety.  Children are often a part of the workforce and become exposed to these harsh chemicals at critical developmental stages in their lives.

Many coffee farmers these days are having a difficult time making a living and providing for their families.  In Africa, farmers are destroying coffee plants and raising Khat, an illegal drug that makes better money.

Cacao plantations in western Africa commonly use child slaves to harvest the beans up in trees.  60% of them, Diana says, are under the age 14 and working 12 hour days.

To conclude, please seriously consider what you are buying and who you are supporting.  Research name brands and willingly spend a little extra to support those companies who are doing what their best to be socially just and environmentally conscious.

This is one of the very reasons I love raising my own food, I know it's safe.  The fact that it tastes awesome is the icing on the cake.