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INSTANT POT CHICKEN STOCK I have a stove top pressure cooker that I have used less and less frequently in the last few years, but I am new to electric "one pot" pressure cookers. After a month of using an Instant…

Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Stock

  • February 18, 2018

CREAMED CHICKEN This has always been one of Sarah's favourite meals, a comfort food that her Oma would cook. It remains one of our family's favourites, especially in the winter since it is hearty. We love it with buckwheat crêpes (which…

Recipe: Creamed Chicken

  • February 18, 2018

ROASTED CHICKEN Pasture-raised chickens are a different product than conventionally-raised chicken, including conventionally-raised chickens fed organic feed. In addition to being flavourful and juicy, they tend to cook faster - maybe because they exercise their muscles or aren't injected with water…

Recipe: Roasted Chicken

  • February 15, 2018

One night last December, Drake and I stayed up late - huddled over the laptop with warmed milk - to work on The Big Carrot's Nature's Finest Fund application. While it was a long shot given our current limited capacity to…

Nature’s Finest Fund 2018

  • February 13, 2018

As you may know, I work part-time for Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario as the Director of Research for the Farmer-led Research Program. In this capacity, I meet wonderful people and farmers, help other farmers conduct research and share their knowledge - all…

The Herd Beneath the Soil

  • February 8, 2018

My "aunt-around-the-corner" is what my Oma called her; Avon is my uncle's ex-wife's sister, and she's incredibly supportive and generous - a "connector". After we first moved back to Ontario in 2015, Avon connected me with her naturopath Tracey Beaulne:…

Love your microbiome – and the soil’s too!

  • December 12, 2017

The season isn't quite finished, but it feels like it. The freezers aren't quite empty but chores are down to a minimum and snow is coming. To add, our hearts and minds are full after a week away at the…

Farm Note December 2017

  • December 9, 2017

We are in winter prep mode... Drake built a new hay feeder to minimize hay waste and give the cows and calves equal access to hay (Buttercup can be a bully with her horns). This was accompanied by tweaks to…

Farm Note November 2017

  • November 8, 2017

The last fresh chicken day is upon us. The pastures will feel empty without the birds but it is now time to throw down seed for cover crops and pasture diversity and let soil microbes continue to do their thing decomposing…

Farm Note October 2017

  • October 15, 2017

CLASSIC CHICKEN STOCK Modified from Sally Fallon Morell of the Weston A. Price Foundation and author of Nourishing Traditions. While optional, it encourages the use of pasture-raised chicken feet and gizzard! Ingredients 1 whole pasture-raised chicken carcass / bones from a cooked chicken (roast the…

Recipe: Classic Chicken Stock

  • September 20, 2017
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