Farmer's market shopping
You've probably heard the recent "buzz" about eating locally grown foods, and how much better it is for the environment - not to mention your community. In fact, if you've spent much time on this blog and website, you probably know we're huge fans of the local food movement.

But one of the most common objections to the "eat local" campaign is that it's impractical for the majority of Americans. After all, since the Industrial Revolution, and the mass population movement from country living to city life, a good part of our population resides in urban or suburban areas.

How are these cities - especially the larger ones - supposed to feed their entire populations with food grown within 50-100 miles?

Free range eggs?
You've probably heard the hype about "free range" poultry, and how both the meat and the eggs are better for you than conventionally cage-raised. But are they really?

What does "free range" even mean, anyway? Are the chickens gallivanting about in a glorious pasture full of grass and tasty bugs, or are they just "free" to roam a fenced-in concrete slab?

That is in the question, indeed, and in today's post, I will address this, and the multitude of often confusing labels you see on store-bought eggs, to help you understand the difference in the quality of the eggs, as well as the quality of life their feathered progenitors enjoy.

Healthy breakfastExample of a TRULY healthy breakfast...
Let's face it: if a caveman sat down to breakfast with you, he probably wouldn't recognize a thing on your table.

He actually wouldn't see frosted flakes, bagels, Cheerios, or English muffins as food at all.

Unfortunately, neither does your body!

Biologically, humans just don't evolve all that quickly. In fact, while it may be 2015, your body still craves the same foods that your ancestors ate for thousands of years. Some nutritionists call these important foods "primal nutrition."

Primal nutrition is considered by many to be the basis for good health, as it contains the proper mix of fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that our ancestors got from the whole, natural foods that they ate regularly.

But just how bad is the typical "healthy" American breakfast anyway, and how can you make healthier choices without being bored out of your mind?

Hay bale gardeningOur hay bale garden - first week of June.
Well, we're into summer for real now, finally - at least so the thermometer says, if not the calendar! I haven't shared an update on the homestead in a while, and yesterday while marveling at the incredible garden that is taking shape behind the barn, I realized it would be a good time to give you an update on the hay bale gardening experiment we started last September.

Just to catch you up, last fall we found ourselves the proud owners of 20 bales of hay, given to us in "payment" by a neighbor for haying our field. While we do plan to add some grass-eating animals to the homestead eventually, right now we're still in the preparation stages.

So what to do with all this hay? I had seen videos about straw-bale gardening in the past, and had always found it intriguing, so I wondered if one could also garden in hay bales?