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Posted 9/28/2014 9:27pm by Art Ozias.
            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • My friend Larry L. built me a couple of pocket ponds last week.  I plowed up some swales. Now when it rains and the pond gets full, the water will not go through the overflow pipe; rather it will be moved by gravity out to the ridge(higher ground), slowed, and allowed to seep through the berm, and increase the water profile in my pasture. I now know how to operate a laser level.  Still learning things.  
  • Liz and Princess's bull calf are now in OK. A nice young couple is adding to their other milk cow and wanting to educate their area about the importance of A2 raw milk.  Nice to see young people appreciate the value of nutrient rich foods.
  • We had one of our fryers yesterday for dinner.  Each breast half was cut in thirds and that was a very good portion.  These fryers weighed about 8 pounds.  Can't buy one like that in the grocery store.  The CAFO "farmers" can't get them that big before they have organ failure and die.  Therefore, they haul them out at 3-5 pounds.  Nature's Pantry had them this past week for $5.19/lb.  I think Virginia will have one more Chicken Day.  They are nice sized and only $3.50/LB.    Oh yes, there were left overs and that was our dinner for three today.  We still have the carcass and it will make some excellent soup.

Nine Ways Processed Foods are Slowly Killing People

http://www.nationofchange.org/nine-ways-processed-foods-are-slowly-killing-people-1410363402 

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Cholesterol is your friend.  http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/the-6-greatest-cholesterol-myths-debunked?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=FM+NL+-+September+10+2014&utm_content=FM+NL+-+September+10+2014+CID_210426f57ce0dbb390a8de3c64dd1015&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor%20Email%20Marketing&utm_term=READ%20MORE 

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Here it is again.  Please listen.  http://sciencefriday.com/segment/08/15/2014/is-healthy-soil-the-low-tech-solution-to-climate-change.html 

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Very interesting.  http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_30816.cfm 




THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 9/21/2014 10:01pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • We will be having a ground beef harvest this week.  I should know at the end of the week approximately how many pounds.  I will be notifying those on my list.  If you don't get an email, that means your name fell below the cut-off for this harvest.  
  • I weighed the beef herd yesterday, and they have done really well this year since we have had plenty of grass.  I have notified several people on the freezer beef list, and as soon as I get the deposit, I will schedule harvest dates with the processor.
  • Karen had her calf.  Milk production should be increasing.  I pulled some hair folicles from the calf's tail and will send it off to be tested to make sure he is A2.
  • Last call for any Green Pastures order.

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Anyone interested in a good truck? http://kansascity.craigslist.org/cto/4674926462.html 

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Ground beef sets new record as price rockets past $4.00 per pound for first time in history.  Price at Nature's Pantry is still over $9 per pound.   Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/046954_ground_beef_food_prices_inflation.html#ixzz3DucjtZAr  

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Berkeley vs. Big Soda

http://www.nationofchange.org/berkeley-vs-big-soda-1410358403 

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Organizations Urge Supermarkets to Refuse GMOs in Order to Save the Butterflies

http://www.nationofchange.org/organizations-urge-supermarkets-refuse-gmos-order-save-butterflies-1410360428 

 




THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 9/14/2014 9:37pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • We have a lot of humming birds the past two weeks.  Most have left and I guess have headed south.  It took a lot of sugar water to feed them.
  • We will be making another Green Pastures order this week.  If you want coconut oil, coconut ghee, or any of the cod liver oil products send me an email.  the more orders we get the lower the price for all.  Go to their website if you are not familiar with their products.
  • We may be able to add some more milk customers when Karen has her calf.  She looks like she is getting close. 
  • We had three pear trees and they were full this year.  Last year we had peaches and no pears.  This year was just the opposite.  Debra canned and canned.  And to eat a ripe pear from a tree is the best.  
  • Virginia has some fryers available from this past Saturday.  Contact her at raetdy@aol.com .  Remember, chicken days are about gone for this year.  Also, reserve your thanksgiving turkey.  She only has so many and when they are spoken for they are gone.  Can't place an order and have a truck bring in some more.
  • The latest issue of Wise Traditions, the Weston Price journal, has a great article that is an excerpt from her book, in which she discusses this topic. Most of you reading this are now well aware of the dangers of trans fats, and that the FDA is in the process of banning them completely. That's great news, but the question is, what is trans fat being replaced with? The answer is that the oils they're currently using in lieu of trans fats create toxic oxidation products, which in fact may be more toxic than trans fat. For complete article,
  • http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/08/31/trans-fat-saturated-fat.aspx?e_cid=20140831Z1_PRSNL_Art_1&utm_source=prmrsnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20140831Z1&et_cid=DM55077&et_rid=642008323   **********************************************  

    You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

    http://www.nationofchange.org/you-can-t-make-stuff-1410357670 




THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 9/8/2014 8:41pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE



THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 8/31/2014 10:34pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Milk is flowing.  Sweetpea is a special cow.  We could add a couple of new customers.  Those of you already getting milk should now get an extra half gallon and enjoy some ice cream and of course, yogurt.  How many of you are making Kefir?  Milk supply should hold up for the next several months as Karen is due next month and she is a very consistent milker.
  • I sold Liz, a Brown Swiss, to a family in Oklahoma.  She will be going there at the end of this month
  • I have started a new list for ground beef.  Prices are still high and we are staying at our yearly established price of $5/lb.
  • Again, we are doing the "dirt" hogs differently.  Send your request to Gilbert's.  They require a $200 deposit for whole hog and $100 for a half.  Send me a courtesy copy so I can know how many "dirt" hogs I need to find.
  • There were two very good articles in the latest issue of ACRES magazine.  One dealt with soil pH and the other, Timing is Everything.  Do you water in the morning and foliar feed in the late afternoon and do you know why?  And when do you pick your various produce in your garden?  When is the best time to mow your hay?

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THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 8/24/2014 9:47pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • We have made several updates to our website.  You can review the parts that were update at the site  by reading the latest "What's New"'.
  • The main change is how we are going to handle "dirt hogs" in the future.  It would take too long to explain the hassle we had with the cancellation of an order after the hog had been processed.  So, in the future if you want to reserve a "dirt hog" you will deal directly with Gilbert's.  You will need to send them an email and a deposit of $200 (whole, half would be $100).  You must courtesy copy me, so I will know how many to find.  I'm still helping out, but I can't afford another cancellation.  I like pork, but not two hogs at once.  Gilbert's have the option of putting the pork in their retail case and selling  it directly to the public.  I don't have that option.  I have had several people within the last two weeks request a hog or a half.  If you have, then you will need to send an email to Gilbert's and copy me.  I'll keep a list as well and make sure I get enough for all the requests.  If the market drops and hogs cost less, Gilbert's will apply any excess to cover the processing.
  • Sweetpea had a heifer calf.  Milk supply is improving.
  • Princess has a new home with goats and two llamas.
  • The purple martins left finally.  They usually leave early in the summer when it gets hot.   I guess the cooler summer affected their schedule.  My barn swallows are still here.  They too usually leave and go north.  My barn is full of swallows.  I have had very little problem with flies this summer.  Thanks to the swallows, I guess.

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Factory Farmed Chickens: The Hidden Cost of Cheap Chicken

http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/07/factory-farmed-chickens-hidden-cost-cheap-chicken/     

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Plants Hold the Key to Repelling Mosquitoes Safely

Fortunately, there are highly effective repellents on the market comprising natural botanical oils and extracts that are every bit as effective as DEET, but with none of the potentially harmful effects. You can also make your own repellent using:

  • Cinnamon leaf oil (one study found it was more effective at killing mosquitoes than DEET)
  • Clear liquid vanilla extract14 mixed with olive oil
  • Wash with citronella soap, and then put some 100 percent pure citronella essential oil on your skin. Java Citronella is considered the highest quality citronella on the market
  • Catnip oil (according to one study, this oil is 10 times more effective than DEET)15
  • Lemon eucalyptus was found very effective in a 2014 Australian study;16 a mixture of 32 percent lemon eucalyptus oil provided more than 95 percent protection for three hours, compared to a 40 percent DEET repellent that gave 100 percent protection for seven hours

Use a natural formula  that contains a combination of citronella, lemongrass oil, peppermint oil and vanillin to repel mosquitoes, fleas, chiggers, ticks, and other biting insects,which is recommended in a June 2014 article on AlterNet.17.

for complete articlehttp://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/08/23/mosquito-repellent.aspx?e_cid=20140823Z1_PRNL_art_1&utm_source=prmrnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20140823Z1&et_cid=DM54227&et_rid=632328489 

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9 Health Benefits of Cucumbers

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/08/23/health-benefits-cucumbers.aspx?e_cid=20140823Z1_PRNL_art_2&utm_source=prmrnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art2&utm_campaign=20140823Z1&et_cid=DM54227&et_rid=632328489 

 

THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias 

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 8/17/2014 10:06pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Milk is still extremely short.  Still waiting on Sweetpea to have her calf.
  • I've included a link to an NPR Science Friday interview.  I have included similar information before by Allan Savory regarding carbon sequestration in the soil.  You'll hear that if just 11% of the mono cropping were replaced with permanent cover it would enough carbon sequestration to solve the excess that is affecting the global increase in temperatures.  We had such a government program for many years, CRP, in which farmers were paid to not plant cereal crops and the land was planted to various grasses and was not to be used.  Well, we had some droughts and farmers were allowed to hay the ground.  That still maintained the cover.  And then along came ethanol and the price of corn and soybeans increased and as the contracts for CRP came due, that ground was planted to corn and soybeans and we lost that amount of sequestration.  Wouldn't you think our farm plan would address this and have a program to reduce the corn and soybean acreage by 11% so we could start reducing the carbon issue?? No, we're plowing up hill ground and beans are planted the first year and then corn and the cycle continues.
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  • Is Healthy Soil the Low-Tech Solution to Climate Change?  Be sure to listen to this interview.  http://www.sciencefriday.com/segment/08/15/2014/is-healthy-soil-the-low-tech-solution-to-climate-change.html

New Wave of GMO Crops Poised for Approval Despite Public Outcry.

http://www.nationofchange.org/new-wave-gmo-crops-poised-approval-despite-public-outcry-1407680841 

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The toxic cyanobacteria is fed by fertilizers in agricultural runoff in the Maumee River Watershed, which is heavily dominated by corn, soybean and wheat crops. Another big contributor to increased runoff is controlled animal feeding operations (CAFOs), better known as factory farms. I read this week that Ohio is going to make $1 mil available for better drainage and for farmers to plant cover crops.  Another example of the hidden costs for cheap food.  Better drainage?  Sure we need to get it out of our backyard and get it down to the gulf to keep that algae bloom going. Today's KC Star had information about lakes in Kansas having the same problem. Does Kansas have a "right to farm" provision in their constitution??

http://www.nationofchange.org/how-crony-capitalism-and-deregulation-poisoned-toledo-s-water-1408199701 




THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 8/10/2014 9:50pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • It finally happened.  I had someone who wanted two "dirt" hogs and asked to be put on my list.  Well, I've got two hogs hanging in the cooler at the processor.  He changed his mind and didn't bother to notify me.  The halves are 100, 95, 95 and 98.  If anyone wants some great pork, let me know.  It is ready to be cut, so you will get your pork by week's end.  They are $1.25 a pound plus approximately $80 to $90 processing fee per half.  There probably won't be any more until mid to late October, and the price will be about ten cents higher per pound.
  • We got our alfalfa hay done and in the barn and had a 3.7 inch rain on Wednesday.   Our ground was dry enough that we had virtually no run off.  Had another nice rain today.  The state fair started this week, so it's normal for rain during the fair.  We went today and took our granddaughter to see the chickens.  There was a large crowd despite the morning rain.  Walking through the farm equipment displays, one gets the feeling that machinery manufactures are making "transformers".  The equipment is getting so big it has to be folded up several times so it can be transported on the narrow rural roads.  Forget about being able to go through a farm gates, there are no fences anymore.
  • Sweetpea is still holding on, so milk is still short.  We sold Princess today, but will not let her go until Sweetpea comes on line.  
  • Amendment one passed.  There is the possibility for a recount since the margin was so small.  I still believe that if voters had know the back story on the proponents efforts to craft language that would not reveal their real intent, the outcome would have been quite different.  The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund was able to obtain copies of the various drafts and the writers' intent were quite clear.  It was also evident that had their true intent been in the final proposed amendment, that they would have ignited a lot  of opposition,  The result was that their final wordsmithing resulted in "feel good", "can't do any harm" wording.

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FDA Reverses Its Position on Daily Aspirin

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/08/04/daily-aspirin-side-effects.aspx?e_cid=20140810Z1_PRSNL_MV_1&utm_source=prmrsnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=mv1&utm_campaign=20140810Z1&et_cid=DM53684&et_rid=616184144 

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The Toxic Algae Are Not Done With Toledo. Not By a Long Stretch.

http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2014/08/toledos-tapwater-troubles-raise-hard-questions-about-our-ag-system 

 

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If you look around what's really happening in our world today, there's an inescapable pattern that curiously emerges: Much of what's going on is simply unsustainable. Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/031669_life_on_earth_unsustainable_agriculture.html#ixzz3A2vQMZEb 





THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 8/3/2014 10:17pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Anyone wanting to get a start with guineas, we have some.  Bring your own box.  (Give us a call first.)
  • The Green Pastures order came.  Those that ordered, call ahead to make sure we're here.
  • Milk is still in short supply until Sweetpea has her calf. She's getting bigger.  Won't be much longer.
  • Heard of Cheerios Protein?  They added soy as a protein source.  Because of the soy taste, they had to add sugar....  four teaspoons for a cup and a quarter serving.  So that sugar would not be listed as the number one ingredient, they added seven different sweeteners: sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, molasses, caramelized sugar, and something called "refiner's sugar".  Basic Cheerios has 13 sweet siblings beside it on your grocery shelf.  The man that devised the method for making Cheerios was born in Chilhowee, a small town near by.  He had a degree in chemistry.  I never go down that aisle in the store.  Next time I will, just to see the ingredient label on Cheerios Protein.  This was reviewed in the latest issue of Wise Traditions, a very useful publication from the Weston  A.Price Foundation.
  • One of our new milk customers, a retired MD, shared a good book with us recently,  Death by the Food Pyramid, by Denise Minger.  I noticed she will be a guest speaker at an upcoming Weston A. Price conference being held in Indianapolis on Nov 7-9.  You can check out their schedule on their website, http://www.westonaprice.org/
  • Regarding Amendment 1. I am including  information provided by the Missouri Rural Crisis Center.  They have a membership of nearly 7000. 

Vote NO on Amendment 1 on Tuesday, August 5th! Support Family Farms!—Not Corporate Control of OUR Constitution!   July, 2014  

Dear Fellow Missourian,                                                                                                                                                                         On Tuesday, August 5th we will be asked to change the Missouri constitution and cement the so-called “Right to Farm” into our Bill of Rights.  THIS IS A BAD IDEA—Bad for Family Farmers, Bad for Consumers and Bad for Democracy!!!   When you look at who is pushing this, it becomes clear what this is all about.  Missouri Farmers Care is the lead organization supporting this amendment and their members include Cargill, Monsanto and Lathrop and Gage (a corporate law firm that represents Chinese-owned Smithfield Foods).  No wonder they needed such a deceptive and misleading title for Amendment 1.  Don’t believe the corporate spin.   For generations, thousands of independent farm families have built the backbone of Missouri’s economy and made agriculture the #1 industry in the state—and we didn’t need a constitutional amendment to do it.  We did it with hard work, a commitment to our communities and building the trust of consumers.  It was not done by the billion-$, out-of-state corporations promoting this so-called “Right to Farm”.   Now, multi-national, and even foreign-owned corporations are attempting to hide behind Missouri family farmers.  They believe they need a constitutional amendment to protect them from us—citizens like you and me.  We should be asking what these corporations have in mind for the future of agriculture that would require such a constitutional protection.  They don’t want to be held accountable to farm families, rural communities or consumers that stand up for their property rights, their communities, local control and good food.  And proponents of this corporate spin-job are the same actors that have consolidated agriculture and negotiated away the family farm to line the pockets of multi-national corporations.    Amendment 1’s language is so vague and broad that “Right to Farm” will turn our constitution into a corporate lawyer’s dream.  Everything about agriculture will be dragged through the court system at taxpayers’ expense.     If Amendment 1 passes, corporate lawyers, bureaucrats and judges will be determining whose rights are “forever guaranteed” in the Missouri constitution with this amendment—family farmers and Missouri citizens OR corporate agribusiness.      A “yes” vote on Amendment 1 is a vote to take all decisions about food and agriculture out of our hands and into the hands of corporate agribusiness and the courts.  This is the worst possible way to make public policy.    Amendment 1 does not provide any additional protections to independent family farmers or consumers, but it will protect corporate ag interests at our expense.  It does not differentiate between farmers and Fortune 500 ag corporations, and could deny the rights of farmers and landowners to defend their property rights and property values through the court system.  And, it could give foreign corporations the right to own unlimited Missouri farmland.  This is a foreign corporate grab of Missouri’s farmland.    This is about control of our food, control of our land and control of our democracy.    Missouri farmers already have the right to farm. This is an unnecessary corporate takeover of our state constitution that forever guarantees the rights of corporations to write their own rules and bypass democracy and local control.  Please VOTE NO on Tuesday, August 5th.   Here is what you can do:   1.   Vote NO on Amendment 1 on Tuesday, August 5th!  And, get all your friends and neighbors to VOTE NO on the so-called “Right to Farm”.   2.   Please sign and return the attached postcard.  We need to stand together to stop this and future attempts to undermine family farm agriculture and democracy.   3.   On Facebook, like “Vote NO on Amendment 1—Missouri Rural Crisis Center”.     

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10 Reasons to Oppose ‘Right to Farm’ Amendments

 http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_30516.cfm http://civileats.com/2014/07/17/10-reasons-to-oppose-right-to-farm-amendments/?   

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Our Voice: Wrong way to protect farms

Be sure to read this link, especially if you need more information regarding Amd 1. The Right to Farm Amendment. http://www.news-leader.com/story/opinion/editorials/2014/07/27/voice-wrong-way-protect-farms/13177541/  . And if you want other opinions, go to their home page.There are several highlighted.

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Second Silent Spring? Bird Declines Linked to Popular Pesticides

It’s not only the bees!!! http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/07/second-silent-spring-bird-declines-linked-popular-pesticides/      



THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 7/13/2014 8:50pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • We have had a pair of geese hatch 8 goslings on our large pond.  They have since moved to the pond east of our house, and it has been fun watching them grow.  They are about as big as the parents.  I guess one day they will fly away.  Hopefully, they will return and repeat the process again.
  • We had a guinea hen and a setting hen hatch some keets.  The remaining eggs we placed in an incubator and have hatched 5 more.  We have another guinea hen in one of Debra's flower gardens, and you can hear the chipping.  I guess she is waiting until they are ready to roll.  They are fast, very hard to catch.  One year we tried to let a hen raise her keets, and the cracks in the ground were so wide (extreme drought), I'm sure they might have fallen in.  Anyone interested in getting started with guineas?
  • We will be weighing some cattle this week now that it is forecast to be cooler.  We will have a much better idea when they will be ready to go to the processor.  Also, need to rotate some pastures, and exchange some bulls.  Cows sure do look great with the cooler weather and plenty of grass.
  • Milk will be down for a couple of weeks until Sweetpea has her calf.  Some customers are vacationing, so that will help.  Karen is now dry and will calve in about two months.
  • We are ready to make another Green Pastures order.  The more we order, the less it costs for everyone.  Email me your requests for coconut oil, ghee, cod liver oil, etc.
  • Peaches were a bust this year. We guess a late Spring frost was enough to ruin the crop.  We had just enough for one pie and my was it good.  Debra used a new recipe (part butter) and the crust was excellent.
  • My sister brought over two cancelled checks last week.  She found them in a drawer.  One was for $15, written on a counter check and in pencil.  It was for a three day stay at our local "hospital", Oak Hill Sanatorium.  It was dated Mar 12,1941.  My birthday is Mar 9.  The other check was for $34.50, written again on a counter check and in ink.  It was dated Mar 13 and was payment for the doctor (delivery).  Times have sure changed.  That's my definition of affordable health care.  And the doctor and the banker had the biggest homes.  That part hasn't changed.
  • We have been enjoying fresh, garden tomatoes.  One variety is rather special.  It is a "black icicle".  It has practically no acid, and the description says it is extremely high in antioxidants.

 

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Sucralose vs. aspartame: which of these top two artificial sweeteners is the better choice? Learn more http://www.naturalnews.com/045824_sucralose_aspartame_artificial_sweeteners.html   

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Séralini Study on Toxic Effects of GMOs and Glyphosate Republished

http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/06/seralini-study-toxic-effects-gmos-glyphosate-republished/   

 

 

THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com