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November 26, 2021
Whether you buy gifts for many people or a few, gift giving can be pretty nerve-wracking.... at least it is for me! Non-consumerist (or anti-consumerist) gifts support the idea that one shouldn't be continually buying and consuming material possessions. We buy what we need, and that’s it. I break down non-consumerist gifts into two basic categories: experience and food. Here are a bunch of suggestions for each:
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October 15, 2021
As we all well know, inflation is here and is likely to get worse. Ugh. This has kind of crept up on the farm. It’s been slow but is definitely real. This means that our prices will be going up. This has already happened a little bit in certain collections and will likely continue for as long as inflation continues.
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October 8, 2021
There are days of astonishment, when we get something back from the processor and we’re surprised to see an ingredient like “spice extractive” or “organic herbs” on the label. What does that mean!? Most of the time, our processors are awesome and simply let us know. Then, we update the product on the website with accurate info. But once in a while, we are sorely disappointed. Sometimes we get the answer, “It’s proprietary.”
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September 10, 2021
My family has a chat group. We share photos, life updates, stories… and sometimes we get a good debate going. It was prompted by my sister. She wrote, “Important question! We need you all to settle a dispute. Please let us know your opinion. Is a hot dog a sausage?” Bingggg. Bingggg. Bingggg. Ahhh… the sounds of a chat debate quickly ensued.
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August 20, 2021
The “sell by” date is a pretty new thing. It all started in the 1950s, when one little store started using it. By the 1970s, it was the norm. And today, I dare to say that perishable products without a date somewhere on the package won’t sell nearly as well as those with one. There’s a variety of different wordings for dates that go on food packages. As a consumer, it’s very important to understand the difference between them...
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July 30, 2021
The Miller’s team is growing, and it’s quite exciting. For the past 4.5 years, it has been me and me alone answering customer service emails. Alas, the time has come to add some new spirit to the team. This week, I am proud to announce that Sara is joining the customer service team!
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July 23, 2021
When I wake up in the morning. I’m thirsty... but not hungry. What’s up with that? Does this happen to you, too? There’s a good chance it does, since nearly a quarter of Americans skip breakfast! I almost always follow the “listen to your body” rule. But, not being hungry and therefore not eating breakfast is a little different.
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July 9, 2021
“Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.” This has been taught in American schools for decades. It was the same message when I was a kid, and it’s the same message for my kids today. But… this message is deceiving.
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July 2, 2021
4th of July is this Sunday, and it got me thinking about the freedom and independence our forefathers fought for centuries ago. As an advocate for small farm food, I would love to have our food independence. Here are my wishes.
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June 25, 2021
If you’re a cheese eater, there’s an easy way to save 2.6 hours per year! All you need to do is buy shredded cheese instead of shredding it yourself. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind a little elbow grease, especially when cooking. But, my hold up with shredded cheese has always been the options available.
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June 18, 2021
I’ve been a Miller’s customer for 8+ years and an employee for 4+ years. Over this time, I’ve watched the farm grow into something more beautiful than I could have imagined. The farm staff need some help right now. Let’s call it a morale boost. You have three options to give the farm staff a virtual high five...
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June 4, 2021
I often get questions about the quality of the meat. Ding ding ding. This is a sure sign that the quality of meat sold in America is, in general, questionable. Oh how I wish it weren’t so! Let’s see if I can lend a hand and help you easily know you’re getting the best pastured meat. Here are 5 important things to look out for.
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May 21, 2021
“Screw the planet.” That’s what the farm staff sadly think when they pack certain products. You see, it really comes down to our reliance on conventional oil-based plastic. So, the Miller’s staff decided. This is enough! Over the next month, we will be discontinuing any product packed in non-compostable plastic that has the same size offered in glass.
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May 15, 2021
Miller’s Bio Farm hosted Farm Day last weekend. It was a wonderful day filled with eating excellent healthy food, connecting with like minded families, and getting to know the farm and farm staff and animals better. Although Farm Day was overwhelmingly positive, I had a few too many conversations with (non-Amish) people about feeling displaced, alone, and ostracized. What has our world come to!?
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April 23, 2021
Happy belated Earth Day! Yes, you can help save the earth through food! Your food choices make a big impact! When you eat truly natural and pasture raised foods, you can taste the difference. The flavors are stronger, the textures are more pronounced. This is starkly different from the eerie consistency of conventional and industrialized food. Describing tastes and flavors can be a challenge. I know the struggle is real, because I hear it from customers all the time. Let’s see if I can provide some guidance on describing taste. Because discussing your yummy nutritious food with others is... well... fun.
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