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Hidden Health Cost of Packaging

Posted by Jack McCann | Tags: article, news, newsletter, health

A newly published study tallies the hidden cost of something we've been watching for years: The packaging commonly used in meats may be causing serious health problems. This report finds the chemicals used in meat packaging may conservatively cause over 1.5 BILLION dollars of damage every year in the European Union. And that is just focusing on two diseases which may be associated with them.



Using suet to make soap, bird feeders and more

Posted by Josh King | Tags: article, newsletter

A lot of new members (and even people who have been with us for a while) have questions about our 'traditional foods' What are you supposed to -do- with 'suet' anyway?? In this article we'll talk about how to render suet and make some fantastic things. This is a really rewarding way for many of our members to take things to the next level!



Meet the Chicks

Posted by Jack McCann | Tags: article, farm, newsletter

We're super excited to announce the locations for our 2016 Meet the Chicks event. Living in the city, it’s not every day you get to see baby chicks! There will be baby chicks at several of our pickup sites on Friday March 18th through Monday, March 21st. This is always a really popular event for parents with children.



New Study Shows Organic Is Healthier

Posted by Jack McCann | Tags: news, article, health, CSA

For those of you on the fence about signing up for an organic meat CSA or an organic veggie CSA, here's some new research you might find interesting. I can't tell you how amazingly different local organic produce is. The best thing in the world is fresh Minnesota Spinach. Even just drinking some basic chicken broth from our pasture raised organic fed chickens, I can tell how much more nourishing it is for my body than stuff I could buy out of a can.



Preparing Perfect Pastured Pork Chops

Posted by Jack McCann | Tags: article, newsletter, handbook, pork, recipes, pork chop, sous vide

We've learned a lot over the years on how to prepare tender juicy pork -- not that dry cardboard stuff you might remember. A well prepared organic pork chop can rival any steak, give it a shot!



So You Want to be an Urban Chicken Farmer

Posted by Jack McCann | Tags: article, news

Congratulations to the city of Minneapolis for making a great change and easing restrictions on raising chickens within the city. We would love to share some tips we've learned along the way for all the aspiring urban chicken farmers out there!



Coconut Chicken Confit Pad Thai

Posted by Jack McCann | Tags: recipes, eggs, chicken, drumsticks, thighs, vegetarian, newsletter

I don't think I would have come up with this recipe -- but it sure is a great way to showcase our slow growth dark meat chicken. Making a coconut poached drumstick really is simple to do and a perfect compliment to Pad Thai. This is a classic in the making.



How The Food Industry Is Stacked Against Those Who Love Food

Posted by Jack McCann | Tags: newsletter, article, member news

From foodies to farmers: For every dollar you spend on your next family meal, how much of that goes into the food itself vs. the packaging, distribution, marketing, retail space and associated labor? Why is it so hard to find top quality food in a retail setting? What makes TC Farm so unique?



Everyone Needs a Sous Chef

Posted by Jack McCann | Tags: article, member news

Cooking is so much more fun if someone else does the prep work and the long cooking steps. Our new Sous Chef meals are the perfect thing for those who want a fantastic meal without all of the work and dishes, but still want pasture raised meats and organic spices. We've worked and worked on our favorite recipes to include them all in this fantastic mix. I can't wait to hear what YOU think and to adjust the next batch!



Our favorite healthy chocolate treat

Posted by Jack McCann | Tags: recipes, dessert, newsletter, sugar-free

As we learned more about nutrition and human biology, it became clear that excess grains and refined sugar was bad for us... and not in the 'some day' sense, but noticeable right now. However, we still love chocolate and needed a way to get our fix...



The Best $2 Kitchen Tool Ever

Posted by Jack McCann | Tags: article, tools, news

One of the biggest challenges to cooking and eating real food is clean up. We write our recipes in a way to reduce the amount of dishes to wash afterwards. However, this tool makes cleaning the dishes SO much easier. I literally use it every single day.



Amazing Banana Pancakes

Posted by Jack McCann | Tags: eggs, recipes, newsletter, breakfast

Kids love pancakes. The trouble is that even gluten free ones are full of processed flour which are really hard on developing bodies. These 'cakes' are a HUGE hit with our kids and we love how healthy they are.



Grass Fed No More - USDA drops standard for grass fed beef

Posted by Jack McCann | Tags: news, newsletter

Wow. One thing I've learned over the years is that all the claims made on labels in the store pretty much mean nothing. We started farming in the first place because we couldn't find any small local farmers doing everything we wanted. Now that the USDA AMS has dropped their standard for 'grass fed', that label can mean literally anything.



Risotto

Posted by Jack McCann | Tags: sides, recipes, bones, newsletter

Risotto is really simple to make, but it is outstanding when done right. The trick is having patience as well as good rice and broth. It can be a stand alone meal or a side dish. I love taking the time to caramelize the onions this recipe calls for...



Farming Perks for Parents

Posted by Jack McCann | Tags: newsletter, farm

Having kids on a farm is full of different sort of challenges our suburban upbringing didn't quite prepare us for. Overall it is great though. Here is one perk I appreciated today...

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