January 11, 2023
This weekend is going to be extremely cold. We'll to be shifting our delivery times to between 10am and 1pm to avoid the coldest part of the morning.
We ask that you keep and eye out for our delivery notification email and grab your order from your doorstep as quickly as you can to avoid any veggies freezing!
5 Things You Didn't know about Unearthed Organics Farm
We feel it's important to get to know the hard working people who grow our food. That's why we're excited to introduce Jordan - the farmer who grows our incredible dry beans and freshly milled cornmeal!
1. Who are you and where are you from originally?
My name's Jordan Marr. I grew up in Kamloops, attended university in Vancouver, and spent my first season on a farm in Nova Scotia.
2. How did you end up in the Okanagan?
When we decided to start a farm business, we knew we wanted to be in BC but that was about it! After exploring a few good opportunities we chose one in Peachland. We've slowly moved north over the years and are currently in Vernon.
3. What inspired you to become a farmer?
In university I learned a lot about some of the undesirable tradeoffs of industrialized farming and this fired me up. I wanted to make a positive contribution to the world and farming seemed like a great way to do that.
4. What's your favorite part about being a farmer?
It's a tie between being my own boss and spending most of my working hours outside.
5. What are your future dreams?
That my kids grow up to be healthy and content.
We're excited to announce that we now carry an array of Kootenay-produced meat which includes steak, stew meat, roasts, pork chops, ground meat, bacon, beef jerky, pepperoni, soup bones and pet food!
This week we drove down to Grand Forks to pick up our first order of meat from Granby Meat Company, a new butcher shop.
The owners of the butcher shop also own and operate PV Beef Ranch which has been in their family since 1972. Devin and Brittani are now third generation ranchers and have been running the ranch for the past 5 years!
All of their cows are pasture-raised, meaning that these animals spent the majority of their lives outside on a grassy field with the sunlight on their skin, fresh Kooteny air in their lungs, clean water to drink and plenty of nutritious grass to eat.
Their cows diet consists mostly of fresh grass from the mountain range in the summer months. In the winter they're fed a mix of alfalfa, straw, corn silage and rolled barley which is all grown on-farm.
Our vision for Confluence Farms is to be able to offer a full diet of the best locally-grown food that we could find here in the Kootenays. With this new collaboration we've taken a monumental step towards that vision and we couldn't be happier!
Best Bone Broth Recipe
With onions, carrots, herbs and spices this rich and flavourful bone broth is the perfect base for any soup or stew!
Food For Thought 🍎
When you were growing up did you ever check the ingredient list on your food? How about the calorie count or the sodium, fat or carbohydrate ratios?
I don't remember any conversations about what was in the food my parents bought. We just ate what tasted good (which wasn't always the healthiest choice).
Nowadays things are different. There is at least three lables on everything you buy. Gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, fat-free, calorie-free, heart healthy choice, Paleo, Keto, Whole30, vegan, organic - you get the point.
We have become obsessed with what's in our food. And as a result businesses have changed the way they manufacturer their food. But I don't think we should stop the conversation there - we need to develop a holistic view of our food if we want to improve public health.
The next questions we need to start asking are “how biodiverse was the soil that this food was grown in? What date was this food harvested on? How much were the farm workers paid? What are the exact names of the chemicals that were sprayed on this food? How many kilometers did this food travel?”
Full transparency needs to become the next conversation. And as we start asking questions and supporting the businesses that answer them, they'll have no choice but to change their ways.
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