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What Does it Take to Feed 3,000 People on Your Farm?

The summer of 2014 will go down as one I won’t forget.  With the winter that proved to be the worst in record books, our kids got out of school late on June 17.  We took a quick vacation and came back to only three weeks left before hosting Breakfast on the Farm, a large-scale on-farm event to give consumers [...]

The UP State Fair and the Miracle of Life

One way our family finished a fabulous, fun-filled summer was by attending the Upper Peninsula State Fair.

This year, Levi showed and sold a steer that he raised as a 4-H project.

We also brought cows that were ready to have their calves to the Miracle of Life building. The building had bleachers so fair-goers could watch the animals give birth. Michigan [...]

Food Product Dates: Clearing Up the Confusion

September is National Food Safety Education month. As a registered dietitian nutritionist, I receive numerous questions related to dairy food safety from consumers. A frequently asked question is: “If the milk in my refrigerator has a “sell by” date of two days ago, is it still safe to drink or should I toss it?”

As many as two-thirds of Americans look [...]

Summer Food Service At Its Finest: Meet Up and Eat Up!

More than 16 million kids in America live in households that struggle to put food on the table. That’s 1 out of every 5 kids.1

Though you may not realize it or you may think it doesn’t exist in your community, hunger is all around us. Every. Single. Day.

When school is not in session, the summer can be a difficult [...]

Six Ways to Get the Most Out of Yogurt’s Health Benefits

Although “curative properties” were attributed to yogurt in the Middle Ages, it was not until early in the 20th century that yogurt’s health benefits became more accepted. This was as a result of research by the Nobel Prize winning Russian bacteriologist, Elie Metchnikoff, who linked Bulgarians’ long life span to their intake of yogurt.  Since then, accumulating research has shown [...]

Why You Should Say Yes to Yogurt

Yogurt’s growing health benefits and the wide variety of yogurt products available to meet consumers’ tastes and nutrition goals have led to increased demand for this dairy product. Yogurt, an ancient food, is the fastest growing segment in the dairy category. According to 2012 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, per capita consumption of yogurt has increased more than 400% [...]

Coming Home

We are very proud of our son Jacob who recently graduated from the Agricultural Technology program at Michigan State University. 
He is back home now working on our family farm. It’s nice to have his fresh ideas and progressive information to help make our farm better! 
I had a nice conversation with him one recent evening.  Jacob was telling me how he [...]

Summer Snacking Made Easy


Schoooooool’s Out For Summer
and you know what that means… snack time becomes that much more important! Eating healthy can be a simple and fun activity for kids and adults of all ages.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that you need to make snacks work for you and your family by choosing nutrient-rich foods; this includes foods [...]