Monday, January 25, 2010

long, informative, exciting and a good read!

Maple Valley Farm, also known as “Eclectic Culture Farm” is still an eclectic culture… Each day, week, month and year we as a family partnership are striving to do better spiritually, mentally, physically and of course be at the top of the game in our health. Each breath, we are changing and praying to be conformed to His image. I hope next year to have changed as well to be closer to my Lord. Being stagnant and complacent is not something we adhere to and by now you know this...

And with this being said, for a few years now I have toyed around with the Weston A. Price Foundation (WP) ways of eating Nourishing Traditions (NT)for our family. I went to a few meetings at the local chapter and have had a small group get together here. We drink raw milk from our goats and Jersey Cow. We do not eat processed foods (like that fake cheese, smoked sausage junk etc); we have not in about 10 years. We eat raw honey, use Maple Syrup for some sweetener and made fermented sauerkraut. Nourishing Traditions is MUCH more than that. So with some encouragement from a few great friends here we are. Here we are, once again, digging deeper into the how and whys of what we are doing.

Weston A. Price/Nourishing Traditions is for one an affordable way to eat. But better yet, it is the way God intended for us to eat. “The independent producers of food (Ang here, like the small family farm as Maple Valley off-grid Farm) who present us with meat, poultry, eggs and butter, provide us with the lowest profit margin in the industry (Ang here, and lower prices than grocery stores). People who put out junk food… have an incredible return on invested capital because they are putting out low-cost items and making a very high profit” ~Robert C. Atkins, MD.

"After reading NT, I also found it to be the original way man was eating
for 1,000 of years (notice I did not say millions). Just like society today has wandered from it values of faith, family and more, we have also wandered away from good nutrition. NT is a nutritional Bible that
takes us back to our food faith, from where we began, and reprograms
our thinking back to the original way our nutrition for ourselves and for our family was intended to be.” ~Angela Kuncaitis~

The back of NT says, “Recalling the culinary customs of our ancestors and looking ahead to a future of robust good health for young and old, NT offers modern families a fascinating guide to wise food choices and proper preparation techniques. Nutrition researcher Sally Fallon unites the wisdom of the ancients with the latest independent and accurate scientific research. The revised and updated Second Edition contains over 700 delicious recipes that will please both exacting gourmets and busy parents” (Ang here, it’s also EASY).

No worries, this blog will not be taken over by Weston A. Price himself. However, whether you are a vegan, a SAD (Standard American Diet) follower or something else, you will be able to glean some helpful information for your life along the way when we post about the NT topic. If anything, you will have some GREAT recipes to serve at your table.

What will happen here and how will this affect you?

Our farm is heading in the same direction it always has but with a NT twist. All of our food served at the farm at ANY function will be along the lines of NT. The innocent bystander will not even notice any changes but if you are a NT follower you can be rest assured you are eating the same as you normally would when you visit a Maple Valley off-grid Farm function. As always we will serve most everything grown right here but if we must purchase we will go local NT style. Most veggies grown here will reflect the ways of WP and guess what, I will have a little less canning to do now with fermenting our veggies and an added benefit is that we will be healthier for that. And as always, our grass fed hens will produce those orange tangy yokes just for you!

But here is where you come in!

We want to help you learn the NT ways as well! Each second Tuesday of every month from 6:30-8:30, MVF will be hosting our NT meeting on the farm for free. We would love to meet you and dialogue with your ideas of NT. This is an open invitation to you to visit the farm and join in the meeting. Our first meeting is very important if you are just starting NT or you want to know more. We will give an introduction on NT (Politically correct nutrition is such a joke) and dive in to the discussion of cultured dairy products. Please see the 2010 schedule of our farm meetings below. Each and every one of you is invited. Sometimes, we might have a special guest, time will tell. Throughout the seasons, just like last year, we will offer our grass fed eggs, beef, chicken, raw honey, maple syrup and fresh produce for sale as well. AND, just a little HINT HINT… We are hoping to open a bulk food “store” this year for you to purchase grains, beans, sprouts, seeds for the garden, off grid supplies, simple living goodies and more… shhhhh!!! WE ARE EXCITED!

Maple Valley Farms Nourishing Traditions Meeting Schedule for 2010

February 9, 2010 **NOTE SPECIAL TIME** 6-9 p.m. This is for the veteran NT follower down to the newbie that wants to start and does not know where. We will be discussing the introduction of NT and how “politically correct nutrition” these days is a sad joke. We will dive in to the discussion of cultured dairy products as well.

March 9, 2010 6:30-8:30 p.m. Whole Grains and Sprouted Grains, Nuts and Seeds - We will discuss the importance of banishing white flour from our cupboards completely and give some advice on the best nutritional idea of soaking our grains. Taste some healthy oatmeal samples, a sample of some NT pancakes. We will show you a virtually free way to make a seed sprouter with things you have from home and you will see sprouts in the jars with a sample taste.

April 13, 2010 6:30-8:30 p.m. A Guide to Natural Sweeteners and How to Brew your own Kombucha Tea (hoping to have a few scobbies for sale) Sample Kombucha Tea (it is so in expensive to brew at home) and learn of its wonderful properties with its pro-biotic benefits! Sample Stevia (Hoping to have the perennial to sell to you for your own garden) and Succanat, two wonderful natural sweeteners. We will have raw honey and maple syrup for sale at a great price this evening.

May 11, 2010 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fermented Veggies and Fruits. We will have a sample taste of sauerkraut that has been fermented 4 months for you to try. We will show you the art of manually making your own sauerkraut with whey and unrefined sea salt all with an old-fashioned cabbage mallet. We will discuss the health benefits of fermented fruits and veggies.

June 8, 2010 6:30-8:30 p.m. Beverages and Ice Cream. We will show you how to make homemade hand crank iced cream (it's easy!!!)All with maple syrup for the sweetener) discuss some cool summer beverages and more.

July 13, 2010 6:30-8:30 p.m. We will discuss the soaking of nuts and talk about some great NT desserts (possible samples) that even the children will enjoy!

August 10, 2010 6:30-8:30 p.m. Catalog of Veggies from the NT Book. We will discuss these and the recipes and the health benefits.

September 14, 2010 6:30-8:30 p.m. Making your own Stocks and a little about coconut products and their health benefits. Need I say more? It should be an informative evening.

October 12, 2010 6:30-8:30 p.m. Making Tonics and “What are Super Foods” NT Style? A great recipe for a tonic. Beef Kvass a staple in most European homes with its valuable medicinal qualities and as a digestive aid. One 4-ounce glass, morning and night, is an excellent blood tonic, promotes regularity, aids digestion, alkalizes the blood and is a great treatment for kidney stones. We will have fresh picked organic beets for sale.

November 9, 2010 6:30-8:30 p.m. Holiday Hors’ d Oeuvers and dips with gourmet appetizers! Leave with some great ideas for all of your holiday cooking this year. Now, you will not be unprepared for all of those family gatherings with what to bring with eating this wonderful NT way! Some great samples!

December 14, 2010 6:30-8:30 p.m. Our Holiday Party for NT group! We will be serving the NT recipe of Hot Cocoa type of drink and we encourage you to bring a small NT goodie to share as we end the year together and talk about our NT 2011 group! This will be a delightful evening so don’t miss it!

Please note, here comes another disclaimer, Maple Valley Farms is/are aware and telling you as well that NONE of the statements above or on this blog have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These NT gatherings are not in any way intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent diseases of any kind!!!!! Ok, now that we are all adults, back to the fun stuff!

SO, we hope to see you this year! We want you to feel comfortable asking any question about NT ways and we hope you seriously consider this way of eating for yourself, for your family and lastly but most importantly for your health!

~In the Spirit of farming, family and Faith!

“The Gentle Giant and Homemakerang
Maple Valley Farms
Matt and Angela Kuncaitis and Kinner
616 566 8481


Lisa said...

That sounds awesome!! I love your blog and reading about the thing you have learned and are learning.
Do you think you will be putting more on the blog in regards to info (such as for NT) for the people who live far away and can't attend.
Even if you were to make e-books, I think a lot of people would be interested.
Just what you listed for the week long event is wonderful and so many people want to learn but have no one near to teach them.

Mary said...

I have a copy of Nourishing Traditions and believe in it.
But, there is one thing I struggle with: soaking grains, especially after reading this-

Maybe you could address this topic of soaking grains.

Cotton Shedd said...

We switched to the NT way of eating when my 6 year old was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. It is an amazingly healthful way of eating. I am pea green with envy of those who are close enough to attend.

Kim @ the Nourishing Cook said...

great post! I wish I lived closer to you so I could participate in your exciting changes. Keep up the good work! I will be following along, as I'm cooking all of the recipes in NT and blogging about my experience as I go along. Your changes are encouraging to me, thank-you!

Jenni said...


This sounds great. You have been busy. I can't wait to get started. We are going to learn so much this year.


Kathy said...

Great post!! I wish we lived in your area. I could easilly imagine us joining in on many of your fantastic events you hold at the farm. Many blessings! Kat

Faith Marie said...

Wow Ang! I am so happy you've decided to do this. Looking forward to it! Will write them all in my calendar now.

Leigh said...

I bought a copy of Nourishing Traditions a couple of months ago and have been slowly changing my cooking habits in that direction.

I response to Mary, who wonders about soaking grains, I wonder too. But I have to say that the proof is in the pudding so to speak. My DH who cannot digest oats, is able to eat oatmeal just fine if I soak it overnight in warm water with a little whey. He coudln't digest corn either, but I've started nixtamalizing my corn meal and guess what, he can eat cornbread with no problems! I still plan to research Bread Beckers article though.

Beautifully Veiled said...

I've been lurking around your blog for some time now and was sooo excited to see this post. We've been gradually incorporating more NT into our lives. And the husband has come on board!! He just bought us 2 cows! Have you read Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning? I plan to keep my harvest a little differently this year as well! Thanks for your inspiration! It's nice to see others out there!

Linda in GA

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