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  • 5 years 15 weeks ago by: Crystal - Cafe Cyan in reply to: Pure Market Express Offers Raw Food to Go

    Thanks for giving it to us raw, Lee. (sorry, couldn't resist). I think there is definitely a challenge in preparing take-away food in general and even more of a challenge when it is something "interesting". However, it is refreshing to hear the in-store foods were very good. I'd love to try it sometime.

  • 5 years 15 weeks ago by: bearing in reply to: Got a Craving for Raw Milk? Blame it on Nina Planck

    Kris misread the federal law. Did you see the word "interstate" in the document you linked? Milk that is transported across state lines must be pasteurized. The milk described in this blog post is produced in Minnesota, for sale in Minnesota. No interstate commerce is involved, ergo the federal law Kris linked is irrelevant. State law applies.

    I'm not sure the blog post author is correct about the Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture rules either -- unless you have a direct link to the actual state regulations (the Weston A. Price foundation is not my go-to for legal advice). My understanding is that it is legal to purchase milk directly from the farmer, and that meeting the farmer at a private home to conduct the transaction is legal.

  • 5 years 15 weeks ago by: Kris in reply to: Got a Craving for Raw Milk? Blame it on Nina Planck

    I'm not sure if state laws can go against federal laws. And per federal law, it is illegal.
    http://www.ftcldf.org/docs/21_CFR_1240.61_pasteurization.pdf

  • 5 years 15 weeks ago by: Jessi from Door County in reply to: Minnesota's SweeTango Apple: Colorful, Crisp and Controversial

    I was up in the motherland with Grandma when I saw these Sweetangos at Woods Orchard. We sampled them, I bought a bag & I wish I bought a bushel. Or two. EXCELLENT with caramel sauce, as they are zingy & firm enoip into the stiffest caramel. They don't turn brown very fast, either. I feel they are an improvement on momma Honeycrisp, which I find a bit on the bland side. But not as hard or tart as another fave of mine, Granny Smiths.

  • 5 years 15 weeks ago by: Crystal - Cafe Cyan in reply to: What's for Dinner? Soup!

    The last couple weeks when I've done menu planning, I realize I have at least three soups in the line up. I love soup and all, but it can get to be a lot!

  • 5 years 15 weeks ago by: emily in reply to: Got a Craving for Raw Milk? Blame it on Nina Planck

    also, if folks dont want to buy raw milk, which my family cannot, buy the second best option; local, grass-fed, organic, low-temp pasturized (also called vat-pasturization and completely legal)milkfroma small farm, such as Castle Rock or Crystal Ball Farms herein MN/Wis.

  • 5 years 15 weeks ago by: emily in reply to: Got a Craving for Raw Milk? Blame it on Nina Planck

    my understanding of the raw milk law in MN is that it isn't illegal for the buyer of said milk, so much as itis illegal for the farmer to be dropping it off ata place other then his farm. there are no laws that i amaware of that could get you, the buyer, in any sort of legal trouble. i just wanted to clarify that because in MN we actually have fairly liberal laws regarding farm-fresh foods. there is also alaw which allows farmers to sell rawmilk product such as cheese and butterrightout in the open at farmers markets solong as it's sold as "fish bait","pet food" ect. there is a cheesemonger at one prominent Twin Cities Farmers Market who has been doing this for years, apparently withno majorproblemsas isee them there often.

  • 5 years 15 weeks ago by: Sandy Sommer, RKC in reply to: Want to eat healthier? Add more animal fat, butter, eggs and raw milk to your diet. (No, this is not a joke.)

    I agree with you wholeheartedly. However, I eat only grass fed beef, pigs that forage, raw milk, raw cream and raw cheese. Tons of fruits and veggies, nuts and NO GRAIN and no SUGAR AT ALL. The food industry makes the insurance industry look like angels.

  • 5 years 15 weeks ago by: Stephanie N. in reply to: Now We Know Our Farmers!

    What an amazing evening... not only was the food exceptional- the company was superb. I have an even greater appreciation for local farmers and the hard work that goes into providing us the food that we eat. I loved being able to put the name with the face. Thank you to all!!

  • 5 years 15 weeks ago by: Apple Maggots? in reply to: Minnesota's SweeTango Apple: Colorful, Crisp and Controversial

    I have the contract between the U and Pepin. Got it through the freedom of information act. Pepin paid 100K up front for the rights and owes the university 4.5% of wholesale sales from all licensees (Pepin plus outside of MN coop members). MN growers can buy it but have to purchase the trees and pay a $3/tree/year royalty. Thus, if you buy the maximum 1,000 trees and have them 25 years, you would only pay $75,000 for those trees. Considering a Honeycrips tree costs about $15 wholesale, Pepin has made it pretty hard to compete and Minnesota just guaranteed there won't be any new apple orchards planted in the state. Plus, Pepin sets the quality standards so you are at their mercy. Another thing I have heard is that Pepin is requiring grocery stores to sign a sole source apple agreement if they want Sweetango, they have to buy all their apples from Pepin. Dennis, if you are still on this site, tell everyone about these sole source agreements! Of course, every consumer has the ultimate say, and if you do not like what the U did, just don't buy the Sweetango apple from anyone. That will be my choice in my house.