JUST IN // Potter’s Family Farm Beef

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Hand Raised, All Natural, Locally Grown and Custom Butchered Meats from the Potter Family Farm!

ABOUT

For seven generations the Potter family has been a family of farmers.  From the oldest to the youngest they all have a hand in tending to the animals.  They are very passionate about the beef industry and excited about local consumers enjoying our beef.

THE BEEF

They feed out only the best of their calves.  Their animals are hand fed and cared for in small groups.  This allows them to observe each animal’s performance, which ensures that each animal is harvested at the right time.

The calves are raised on grass for the majority of their lives.  No hormones or antibiotics are ever introduced to these high quality cattle.  Approximately 145 days before harvest, the best calves are selected from our larger herd.  For 130 days, they live in a large barnyard, with ample room to move around and grass to supplement the finishing feed.  Feeding takes place in a clean barn with sawdust covered concrete floor.  The cattle are free to move from the barn to the barnyard at will.

THE FEED

Once selected, the cattle are fed a custom mixture of farm-grown silage, brewers grain (hops, and other byproducts of beer production) and pelleted corn.  The mixture is fresh and tasty and produces a beef that is subtly marbled and extraordinarily tasty.

THE RESULT

A wonderful, well-marbled, tasty beef.  Much more flavorful than pure grass fed beef, their meat comes from cattle who are hand managed from beginning to end.

How to Successfully Disconnect

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It’s been a while since I’ve taken a full blown technology disconnect. When I was in college, I had a summer job for about 3 months where I was truly off the grid – living out of my tent, no phones, no computers, no TV’s, no radios, full on composting toilets and working in an organic garden. Once I returned to life outside of the mountain valley, things just went on as usual. I did that for several summers and it was glorious. Now though, it’s hard to imagine taking that much time off to disconnect with more responsibilities and people actually relying on me for services and communication. I can’t just go away for 3 months at a time anymore, but I can disappear for a few days here and there. I’ve found it’s a necessary part of my life (several times a year) to take a step away from the phone, the computer, the emails, the daily routine and be in a place where the natural rhythms of life are more present and in the moment. Even if just for a weekend, successfully disconnecting can really re-charge your spirit, but it can take some planning beforehand to make the transition successful.

  1. Finish up your tasks before you “disappear”. Try not to leave anything lingering, especially correspondence, while you are away. This also leaves room for a clear head while you are off the grid so that you can fully bask in the glory that is alone time and not leave your mind on your to-do list.
  2. Try not to plan too many things. Even though this might be a little “vacation”, jamming your disconnecting time with scheduled places to be can be just as stressful as being in your daily routine. Enjoy not being busy for a while. It’s pretty great.
  3. Turn off your phone (or don’t bring it with you at all), set up auto-replies and leave someone in charge of your communications while you are away. This will help lighten the burden when you return. There’s nothing like coming back form a care-free camping trip to be punched in the gut with 50 people eagerly awaiting your immediate replies. Sometimes we need to come out of our disconnect gingerly and gradually.
  4. Invest in a small notebook or journal to take with you while you’re away. Most of us are not in the habit of not being distracted by things like phones, computers and TV’s. It’s just you and your thoughts out there. You might have some really awesome ones. Write them down to help inspire you later. Keeping your emotions and thoughts with your for later is a great way to remember who you are outside of the technological world, and that might be a very different (more pleasant and calm) person.

If this sounds appealing, make it a goal by the end of the year to have a disconnect trip for yourself (either alone, with your partner or small group of friends) and see how you can do cut off from all that technology. I’ve already planned about 6 this year with weekends away in the woods, camping, canoeing, hiking, running away from the bike race that’s going to take over RVA in the fall…Whatever sounds appealing to you to disconnect, give it a try, and don’t feel guilty if you can’t avoid technology 100%. of the time It’s harder than it seems to leave it all behind, and takes some diligence and true desire to make it a priority.

 

Lindsay Kluge M.Sc, CNS, LDN | HealthCoach@EllwoodThompsons.com

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ABOUT RAW FIT

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MISSION

Empowering Extraordinary Health®

EMPOWER. Our products are designed to let you take control of your own health. 

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All month, each Honest Tea you purchase enters you to win a new ride! Simply bring your receipt with purchase to Customer Service to enter!

Honest Tea seeks to create and promote great-tasting, healthier, organic beverages. They strive to grow their business with the same honesty and integrity they use to craft their products, with sustainability and great taste for all.

In 2013 they paid $155,169 back to their tea sourcing communities in the form of fair trade premiums. These funds have helped to establish improved farming, healthcare and education initiatives.