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Adventures as a vegetable farmer

Posted by Robin Abel on

My husband grew up with a large garden that they ate from all year round.  After moving to a rural 4 acres, it seemed logical that we should do the same.  It's sustainable, good for environment, and there are lots of resources to help us succeed.  I have books, grow lights, seeds, knee mats, a rain barrel! Of course this will be a huge success!   Not so much.     I don't understand soil, I think our garden is in a low spot so there is too much water, my broccoli looks nothing like the ones in the store and...

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What I know now

Posted by Robin Abel on

Starting a business is always an adventure.  Dealing with vendors, purchasing choices, cash flow (ugh, I hate that one) and weather are just a few areas I've learned a lot in the last year.  But the real surprise is how much I’ve learned about food and what we’re putting in our bodies. Food science has been important as our population grows, as we expand to more rural areas, and discovering ways to make our food safer.  It truly is amazing that we can create food that is shelf stable, get a greater variety of food in whatever area we live and...

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Clean eating for the win

Posted by Robin Abel on

Clean eating. Paleo lifestyle. Low carb diet. All these concepts should make it easier for us to eat better and be healthy.  With huge portions, snacks with no nutritional value, and labels that trick us into thinking food is good for you, these more natural concepts help us focus on what's important.  But somehow, I still find it hard to be healthy.  Am I the only one?  Owning a store with fresh, local products has really changed the way I see food.  I better understand now how warped our eating habits are with companies putting so much filler and made up stuff in...

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Mind blown!

Posted by Robin Abel on

You would have thought I was inflicting permanent damage and was going to scar my children for life on Wednesday.  We loaded into the car and drove a lengthly half an hour west towards a blueberry farm to pick berries for the store.  When we arrived, two of them literally fell out of the car onto the grass complaining of car sickness and whatever else was bothering them when I stopped listening.  "Hello Mr. Farmer.  These are my darling children who are super excited to pick blueberries today. Thank you for having us."  Good golly. We started picking, still complaining about the heat...

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What's in that soap?

Posted by Robin Abel on

My sister, who is a cancer researcher, was conducting an experiment that required aloe.  Someone from her team went to the store and picked up a bottle of that green stuff.  After a few tries, they weren’t getting the results they anticipated.  They finally tested the aloe and discovered that it was less than 10 % aloe! Really!? So much of what we use isn’t real or natural or high quality.  But you can find quality products if you know where to look (part of why we opened a local product store). Soap.  Do you think about the soap you use and what it’s actually make of?  Lori...

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