USDA March 17, 2011


This is why we buy local


Below is an article from:  The Federal Register, which is a Government Journal. To me, I think their numbers are still too high.

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced revised and new performance standards, going into effect in July, aimed at reducing the prevalence of salmonella and campylobacter (Bacteria) in young chickens and turkeys.  In the most recently published USDA reports, for the 3rd quarter of 2010, an average of 7.4% of chicken carcasses at processing plants nationwide tested positive for detectable levels of salmonella. The new USDA performance standard is 7.5%. The FSIS notice also adopts a campylobacter standard for the first time: no more than 10.4% of raw chickens sampled should have Campylobacter jejuni, C. lari and/or C. coli on them.

“These improved standards are a stronger buffer between foodborne illnesses and our consumers, especially our most vulnerable consumers .  “There is no more important mission at the USDA than ensuring the safety of our food, and we are working every day to lower the danger of foodborne illness. The new standards announced today mark an important step in our efforts to protect consumers by further reducing the incidence of salmonella and opening a new front in the fight against campylobacter.”

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Tis’ the Season for Grass-Fed Beef

Are you interested in where your meat comes from? Are you starting to ask questions?  Epitomized by Michael Pollen’s popular Omnivore’s Dilemma book, a movement is growing and calling for change. Cow’s stomachs evolved to eat grass, not grain. Pollen’s book illuminates the fact that grain-fed cows are sick and their meat is not as healthy as grass-fed varieties.

Put simply, we are meant to eat animals that eat green stuff. Greens contain omega-3s while grains contain omega-6s. We all know that we’re supposed to get more omega-3s. That is why were told to eat more seafood, because fish are out in the wild are eating all sorts of green stuff!  While grain-fed is the norm in North America, there are still many regions worldwide where that isn’t the case. For example, in Argentina all meat is grass-fed, so you can order a steak at a restaurant and know it’s the real deal.

So where can you get some?  Just let me know, I’ll be glad to share!

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Lets try again!

As many of you know, setting up a blog is new to me!  I first tried Google Blog but was slow to learn  that you needed to set up a Google blog account.  Thanks to one of my farmer friends, Dawn with Pair-A-Dice Farm, she lead me to World Press. So, if you would, please leave a blog and lets see how this works!  Cheers, Sheila


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>Deer Run Farm of Amelia – LocalHarvest

Deer Run Farm is owned and operated by a wonderful, caring family.  Over this past year, we’ve had the pleasure of buying our Beef , Chicken and Eggs from this family.  Deer Run Farm is located on 200+ acres in Amelia County.  They specialize in grass-fed/finished beef, pasture raised poultry and eggs from free-roaming pastured hens. They NEVER give hormones or antibiotics to any of their animals.  They also continue to maintain the integrity of the land, which is very important.
Currently, they are working on getting their website up and running for the 2011 season!

You’ll have the chance to meet them at 3 different locations this year!
South of the James Market, Sat. 8-12 @ Forest Hill Park
St. Stephens Market, Sat. 8-12 @
6000 Grove Avenue

West End Farmers Market Wedn. 3-7pm @ Intersection of Gayton Rd. & Ridgefield Pkwy.

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Find your way to the Farmer Markets

>Where to find Farmer Markets and Local Farms

Go to this website and find all our local Farmer Markets or find local farms.  You can do many searches on this website and read what the farm has to offer!

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>Gas Prices / Food Prices going up


Food prices will continue to increase this Spring/Summer right along with fuel but U can do something about it!
Mark you calender for May 7, first Saturday in May!
This is the day all local Farmer Markets open through-out the Richmond area!
Buying local, supporting our local farmers keeps your money local.
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