The Search for the Perfect Beef Dessert

By treatyrockbeef - Last updated: Saturday, February 19, 2011

Hello Farmers Market Friends:

While looking for yearling grass-fed beef cattle for sale on the web a few days ago, I came across the impressive Lakota Ranch that grows handsome Red Devons on 700 acres of Virginia pasture.  Their 30-year commitment to the breed has resulted in a line of full-fleshing, hardy animals known for good mothering and robust calves that often tip the scales at 20% above the breed average at 6 months of age.

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Foodies & Farmers Fridays

By treatyrockbeef - Last updated: Sunday, February 13, 2011

Hello Farmers Market Friends:

The Treaty Rock Farm family was pleased to learn this week that Chef Jon Cambra will be featuring our beef this coming Friday Feb. 18th at his weekly “Foodies and Farmers” program at Castle Hill Inn in Newport, RI.

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A Super Bowl Of Chili

By treatyrockbeef - Last updated: Thursday, February 10, 2011

Hello Farmers Market Friends:

Late this afternoon millions of people will gather around televisions, don foam headgear, revive the friendly bratwurst vs. kielbasa debate, and consume great quantities of comfort food in fellowship as the spectacle of the American football match comes to its yearly conclusion.  Cheeseheads and Stillers Fans will approach tables bending under platters of hot wings, pulled pork will be tucked into cozy sourdough rolls and seven-layer taco dip will be reverently presented to the assmbled throng.  But no Super Bowl buffet table can be taken seriously or be considered “dressed for the game” without a truly great bowl of chili.

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Luca Has A Date

By treatyrockbeef - Last updated: Sunday, January 30, 2011

Hello Farmers Market Friends:

I want to thank my friend Shannon for taking care of our Farmers Market booth this weekend while I am attending the Northeast “Winter Green-Up” Grass Fed Beef Conference in Albany, NY.  It is a source of great inspiration to be around so many passionate people growing beef cattle in balance with the land, healing soil health, restoring the microfauna, preventing runoff and water pollution associated with highly fertilized feed crops and delivering delicious  beef free of growth hormones to a hungry population that rejects the commodity feedlot model.

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Mama Knows Best

By treatyrockbeef - Last updated: Sunday, January 23, 2011

Hello Farmers Market Friends:

The killing of the little girl in Arizona has given me pause to reflect on the fleeting nature of life’s moments.  Two weeks ago during our Farmers Market Saturday morning, she left the house with her Daddy.  A week later she had already been buried and her organs flown to Boston.  I found myself considering how long is a moment – a smile, a sunset, a kind word ??  While our time together is short, the meaning can last much longer.  I hope to be fully present in those moments and pocket the jewels that will sustain me through challenging times to come.  I can’t find a greater truth here to pass along or cling to as I try to be a good Dad myself.

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A Pig In A Stocking

By treatyrockbeef - Last updated: Monday, January 17, 2011
Hello Farmers Market Friends:
The spirit of giving is in the air at this reflective time of year when people gather ’round the wood stove with loved ones and share the bounty that we are fortunate to have with each other.  You have all given me the ability to follow a new path in my life based on healthy animals raised with respect by local farm families.  Treaty Rock Farm produces finest quality beef LOCALLY, NATURALLY & HUMANELY.
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Feeding the Animals that Feed Us

By treatyrockbeef - Last updated: Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Feeding the Animals that Feed Us

Happy New Year Farmers Market Friends:
 
I want to thank you all for enabling me to pursue a new direction in life and participate in the local food movement.  My friend Marisa who works with the Dept of Ag division of DEM sent me this incredibly informative article produced by the UK Soil Conservation Association.  It’s 15 pages long and looks like a homework assignment but well worth the time and effort.  I have just scanned it so far. 
 
The information is clearly presented and outlines the incredibly damaging environmental impact of industrial-scale animal feeding operations to wild places and global climate concerns.  Most animals consumed in US and UK don’t reside on farms anymore (much to their bad luck – the first step toward abandoning ethics in animal husbandry) and much of the food they receive is imported from cleared rainforest or grasslands that no longer grow crops to feed local people.  Large-scale feeding operations can’t possibly feed the animals from on-site sources.  The soy travels long distances and the companies need to operate on a large scale in order to be profitable and bring low-cost meat to market. 
 
Our society has been conditioned to expect large portions – this product is delivered with the assistance of synthetic proteins, fish meal from collapsed menhaden stocks and ground chicken feathers.  Our health and animal health suffers as a direct result.  A billion people are starving and Americans are overweight stuffed with convenience food.  Teach your kids to cook real food this year if they don’t already.  Eat less meat but eat the right meat.
 
Respecting the Protein, PMB

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Cowboy Rewards Loyalty Program

By treatyrockbeef - Last updated: Monday, December 6, 2010

Howdy Pardners:

At Treaty Rock Farm we’re mighty proud of the fact that when the ranch hands at your spread are fixin’ to put on the feedbag they’ll find our 100% grass-fed, dry-aged beef on their plates.  We’ve heard that fellas come in from Eagle Rock clear over to Devil’s Gulch when the chuck wagon bell starts to ringin’.  Maybe they’re plum tired of boiled armadillo or ragout of rattlesnake or maybe our beef is just damned good !!

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Want to Win a Gift Certificate to Trio ??

By treatyrockbeef - Last updated: Monday, November 29, 2010

Hello Farmers Market Friends:

I want to thank my friend Shannon for standing in at the South Kingstown Farmers Market over the past two weekends while I was flyfishing in upstate NY and then sharing Thanksgiving with my family down in beautiful southern VA.  We are fully stocked with our wonderful 100% grass-fed, dry-aged beef raised LOCALLY, NATURALLY & HUMANELY.  Now is a great time to stock your freezer for holiday entertaining while being entered in a drawing for a gift certificate to Trio Restaurant in Narragansett, RI.

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Komrades-at-Farms

By treatyrockbeef - Last updated: Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Several weeks ago I made a beef borscht for our Saturday tasting and have had several requests for the recipe.  Borscht (barszcz) is a hearty beet soup native to the Ukranian and Polish countryside that features root vegetables and cabbage – things that keep well through the colder months.  A woman at the market told me her Grandmother’s summer borscht was thin and vegetarian and served cold while the winter borscht was thicker and had a beef bone it for flavor.  I’ve always enjoyed the interesting balance of salt, sweet (from the beet sugars) and vinegar.  My Kazakh trainer at the Y says her Grandmother’s test is “Can you stand up a spoon in it ??”

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