Intentionally Farming the Best Food
Jill and Ward Taylor of Taylor Farm consider themselves "a full circle farm - not overworking the land with any one thing, but instead growing manageable size variety of animals that rotate and a selection of vegetables for CSA and farmers market". There are never any pesticides, chemical fertilizers, hormones or genetically modified seeds used anywhere at any time. They even verified that none were used on the land in the 3 years prior to ownership.
The livestock lives as nature intended. The cattle are grass fed and rotated regularly. They are given organic minerals free choice. The pigs are also pastured and moved regularly. They are supplemented with organic feed. The laying hens free range (within electric poultry fences for their safety from predators). The layers and broilers are moved regularly onto fresh pasture to encourage their natural foraging instincts and their supplemental feed is certified organic, NON GMO, NO SOY feed. The animals are treated humanely and with respect. We follow USDA guidelines for growing our vegetables organic.
"Nearly everything we eat comes off our land and we would like to share our bounty with you. Not everyone wants to be a farmer, but everyone deserves great food. We encourage you to get to know where your food comes from and make eating and living healthy a priority. We have organic eggs for sale, meats including chicken, beef and pork for sale by cuts off the farm and at farmers markets. Beef and pork are also periodically available throughout the year in whole and halves" says the Taylors.
Find Jill and Ward Taylor every Saturday at our Round Rock Farmers Market.
Poochie Trends Pet Bakery recently attended Career Day at Monta Akin Elementary in Leander, Texas. I talked to the children about pet nutrition, human foods that dogs can eat too, bad foods for dogs, the Farmers Market and how to approach dogs. The children had lots of good questions and enjoyed seeing the "dog treat, ice cream truck." We'd love to do more outreach in the community. Please contact us if you know of any opportunities.
Buying local beef is important because animals raised entirely on grass produce 8 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions and 30 percent lower ammonia levels than corn-fed animals raised in confinement.
How your food is grown is what matters most. Our farmers practice organic and natural farming methods versus the greenhouse-gas-intensive fertilizers and pesticides used on chemical farms.
51% of the asparagus in the US is imported from Peru. The USDA requires all shipments of fresh asparagus from Peru to be fumigated with the dangerous pesticide methyl bromide, a neurotoxic chemical suspected of causing cancer.
Buying local strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries help conserve energy. Because of the short shelf lives, berries are often shipped from farm to distribution center via air freight, the most fossil-fuel-guzzling form of food shipment, from South America, Mexico, Canada, and even as far off as Poland. The United States imports $220 million worth of strawberries, while selling just $1.5 million worth of domestically grown berries.
You’ll carrots in every hue, from purple to white, at our farmers markets. Those colorful varieties, particularly purple carrots, have higher antioxidant values than commercially grown orange carrots, according to a study in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. They’re also better for the planet. The energy required to store carrots when they’re out of season or being shipped long distances accounts for 60 percent of the greenhouse-gas emissions associated with carrot production.
Bland, mealy grocery-store tomato will never rival a fresh Georgetown Farmers Market tomato. And there are more benefits to local tomatoes than just taste. In Florida, where a third of the country’s fresh tomatoes are grown, slavery of illegal immigrants on tomato farms is a persistent problem. And farmers in that state apply five times as much fungicide and six times as much pesticide as farmers in California, which supplies another third of the country’s fresh tomatoes.
Did you know that fruits and vegetables pack the most nutrition when they are ripe? Studies show that many nutrients are formed as the food ripens. But the moment they are picked, their sugars begin to convert to starch, their plant cells begin to shrink and their nutrients begin to diminish.
Local food doesn’t travel long distances. That means it can be ripened as nature intended and picked when itsnutritional value is highest.
Plus, local foods usually arrive at the farmers market within hours after harvest, so they retain most of their nutritional value and do not require gasses to keep them “fresh”.
What to Buy at our Markets and Why.
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