What’s New in Twain Harte?


Posted by Annie in Twain Harte News on January 18, 2014

We’ve been busy building our newest addition: our chicken house. With the help of Dan from Opposable Thumbs Construction and it’s almost entirely built of recycled materials. With the help of Ace Hardware, they are a real treasure. I simply love that store. They contributed some scraps of wood, all we ended up buying other than screws, drill bits and such, was about 10 – 2×4’s.

Recycled Chicken Coop

Recycled Chicken Coop

The chickens really love it.  Speaking of chickens, Bolton Feed will be getting in some baby chicks today or tomorrow.  If you want to raise organic chicks on the cheap, buy them as day old chicks and start them on organic feed immediately.  Bolton even carries a selection of organic feeds.

We’ve been buying about four chicks every six months or so. That way we have a steady supply of eggs and we butcher the roosters once they start annoying the neighbors.

The Harte of the Kitchen has moved into their new place.  It will be so nice not to feel like you have to leave the store when one more person walks in.  The other place was so small.  They have tons of room now.  I’ve been busy telling Carol all the neat stuff she should carry.

Recycled Chicken Coop

Recycled Chicken Coop

The weather has been fantastic, warm and sunny.  The temperature has been running about 60F during the day.  As much as I love the weather, we need snow and lots of it, otherwise it’s going to be another dry year.

If radiation from Fukushima Daiichi doesn’t have you worried, it should.  Several reports have come out recently and the reports haven’t been good.

TEPCO Quietly Admits Reactor 3 Could Be Melting Down Now
“Persons residing on the west coast of North America should IMMEDIATELY begin preparing for another possible onslaught of dangerous atmospheric radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster site in Japan.”

This one should have you breathing hard.

1400% Radiation Hot Spot Found on San Francisco Beach
Following reports of abnormally high radiation readings on a beach in San Francisco, experts have discovered radiation hot spots measuring 1,400 per cent above normal background levels, although they are keen to stress there is no link to Fukushima.

Scary stuff.  We are keeping the chickens in when it rains or snows because of fallout.  I’d stay off the beach. Have you heard anything that may affect life in Twain Harte?  Drop us a line.

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Happy New Year!


Posted by Annie in Opinion, Organic, Twain Harte News on January 1, 2014

It’s hard to believe another year has gone by.  Lots of changes were made by our family this past year.  If you haven’t made the trip up to Twain Harte yet, it’s beautiful.  You will need a warm to light jacket in the daytime, but be sure to bring things to bundle up in at night.  It gets cold!

food porn

food porn

Nearly all the snow has melted though I’m sure you will find some up the mountain.

Exciting news: the Twain Harte Kitchen Store, The Harte of the Kitchen, is moving across the street to a larger spot.  Nature’s Nook has gone out of business.  It makes you wonder why they undertook the big remodel last year.

We’ve been educating ourselves about the sorry state of our nations food supply.  This past year, we have slowly been opting out of mainstream foods.  We joined a food co-op that is fantastic.  It not only saves us money but has the most unusual items available. They still offer everyday items, of course.  The hard part is giving up “my brands” and switching to organic duplicates of what we were already buying.  So far, we haven’t found many that we didn’t like.

We knew we would be healthier for the change but we had no idea that we would also be less hungry, drastically reducing our food intake.  I can afford to buy organic because we are eating so much less. We haven’t been sick either.  It’s simply amazing.

A test kitchen is a kitchen used for the proce...

A test kitchen is a kitchen used for the process of developing new kinds of food.

We still stop at an occasional fast food restaurant but not nearly as much as we used to.  There is one drawback though.  The more real food we eat, the more the we find that GMO’s make us sick.  Stomach cramps and the whole nine yards.  I think our bodies are trying to tell us something.  I plan to listen.

We’ve stopped eating fish, which is so difficult.  I love seafood of almost any kind.  But it’s contaminated now.

Food – The Ultimate Secret Exposed

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