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Sexy Food: Meet Joel Salatin

This is reposted from The Seattleite’s Linda Miller Nicholson, a self-described “Stiletto Ninja turned Foodie Fashionista”. I guess that explains the blatant objectification of poor old Joel Salatin…visit the original post to comment.

Spend time with a hunk, learn about farming and get healthy — all in a day’s work.

With dust on his boots and suspenders hugging his abs just tightly enough to reveal their muscled tone, Joel Salatin is the embodiment of the Hot Farmer.

His hotness is magnified by all the work he’s done to promote sustainable farming practices in a culture that often fights him tooth and nail. More than that, he’s a winsome Virginia boy with a heart of gold and smiling eyes. You can get up close and personal with him on Saturday, July 23, at the Kirkland Health Fair. When he’s not busy spreading the word about how to raise cows, pigs, chicken and carrots in more humane and eco-friendly ways, he’s at home on the third-generation, family-run Polyface Farms — an iconic establishment in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Polyface catapulted to international fame as the grass farm featured on the pages of The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan, as well as the Oscar-nominated film Food, Inc. Salatin is much more than just the pretty face behind the farm, however. Overall, he’s penned six books — and his latest, The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer, details his unconventional approach to agriculture. Though he is often perceived as crazy by big, bad cattle men, Salatin’s ideas might just save the future of the farming and ranching industries. “Long after the ecological adulterers and prostitutes have run their course,” he writes, “earthworms will still want organic matter to eat and will still create fertile soil out of poverty.” His zeal for making the world a better place is as infectious in person as it is on paper. Even when you close your eyes, you can tell he is smiling through his words. Read the original article here. And check out Linda’s blog, Salty Seattle for more of her hilarious softcore foodie-rotica. Check out Salatin’s latest creation, The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer here.

A Thanksgiving Hit: Apple Pie with Cider Jelly

The Thanksgiving season means a barrage of holiday recipes that overflow your inbox and social media feeds. Some of these are new and innovative, meant to impress guests and sure to fade away from the culinary canon. However, there’s a reason that certain other recipes stand the test of time: they just work. We’ve had […] Read More..

Release Your Inner Viking With New Book on Mead

Unlock the mead brewing secrets of the ancient Norse with homesteader and fermentation enthusiast Jereme Zimmerman’s new book Make Mead Like a Viking. Whether you’re new to homebrewing or looking to expand your current brewing and fermentation practices, Zimmerman’s welcoming style and spirit will usher you into an exciting new territory of wildcrafted experimentations, including more than 20 recipes to try.The fermentation […] Read More..

For a Very Viking Thanksgiving, Try Homemade Mead

The people who lived the Viking lifestyle a thousand years ago enjoyed myriad foods and beverages and throwing feasts that lasted several days to show off what they had stockpiled throughout the harvest season. Bring the Viking spirit of celebration to your Thanksgiving table this year with a traditional batch of spiced orange mead. Brew up the following recipe […] Read More..

Brew Outside the Box: Making Mushroom-Infused Beer

When thinking about drinking a nice cold beer, the flavor of mushrooms doesn’t exactly spring to mind. But for the adventurous brewer – and drinker – infusing mushrooms into brews is a great way to combine the medicinal benefits of fungi with one of the world’s most consumed beverages.The best part? You can grow mushrooms […] Read More..

Recipe: How To Make Your Own Chèvre Using Natural Ingredients

Making cheese at home may seem like a time and labor-intensive process, but what if you could make a delicious, high-quality cheese that practically “sits and takes care of itself”? According to David Asher, author of The Art of Natural Cheesemaking, you can.Asher is an organic farmer and goatherd, so his recipe for chèvre, or goat […] Read More..
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