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August 2017

Thoughts for Texas

Long days, hard work, hot summers, cold winters.  No matter what they grow, farmers work hard year round to produce the best crop they can.  Livestock producers, grain farmers, cotton farmers, vegetable producers…the product doesn’t matter.  There is work to do each and every day on each of these types of operations, and a long list of things that they have to take into consideration and be prepared for.  Seed, feed and fertilizer costs; the current market price for their product; labor, sick animals, potential pest infestations (weeds, bugs or fungus) and much more are everyday concerns for farmers.  They can be inconvenient or even downright frustrating, but they are all on the list of potential problems.
 
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Farmers Markets - More Than Just Fresh, Local Produce

In many areas kids have already gone back to school, and Labor Day is just around the corner, signaling the unofficial end of summer.  Even though it may feel like summer is ending, the wonderful fresh produce and other food products available at farmers markets across the country are still going strong.  A quick stop by a local farmers market will show an abundance of green beans, tomatoes, beets, cucumbers, many different types of squash, peaches, apples, grapes, watermelons and much more!
 
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Grass Fed Vs. Grain Fed Beef

We’ve all seen the labels in the grocery story, and have probably seen posts on social media and articles on grass fed beef versus grain fed beef.  A quick search today showed an abundance of articles on the subject (my favorite one was from a blogger who actually took a Farm to Fork tour, and she shares her entire experience – even when she was uncomfortable.  You can read it here.)  My husband sells beef in halves and quarters for the family farm, and one of the most frequent questions he receives is “Is this beef grass or grain fed?”  That seems like a fairly easy question to answer right?
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National Farmers Market Week

It’s National Farmers Market Week!  I have to admit, summer is not necessarily my favorite season – I’m a fan of the cooler temperatures and colors of fall – but one of my favorite things about summer has to be the abundance of farmers markets and fresh products. 
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