Friday, September 19, 2008

Fight to keep food local...

This video was just published to the web from The Virginian-Pilot today - Fighting to keep food local at Polyface Farm The official story in print won't come out until Sunday. Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Quick Breakfast...

Well, I was going to introduce you to the rest of the team today, but it has been a very busy day and I ran out of time. Today was restaurant deliveries to Charlottesville, the Charlottesville buying club, we butchered poultry this morning and put together the Takoma Park, Kensington and Potomac orders. Needless to say, things were hopping here at the farm and on the road! So, instead of the introductions, I thought that I would share my favorite on-the-go breakfast with you all - Homemade Eggnog. (No, it's not just for Christmas time)
Get out your blender and let's make some eggnog!
You will need:
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 wonderful Polyface eggs (I use medium or large, depends on what is in plenty)
  • 2 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 cup sugar (or honey or maple syrup or fresh fruit, we've used them all)

Pour all of this into your blender and mix. We like to add a couple of ice cubes at the end and then crush them in the blender to get it really cold and creamy. Then drink up and make another batch, because if you are like we are, one just won't be enough!

Some other options are to add a banana, or yogurt, or strawberries. Sometimes, I'll add a little nutmeg or cinnamon - just depends on the mood for the day. We love to mix and match things. Oh, and for those of you who are, I didn't leave anything out - I don't cook the eggs before I use them. If I were using eggs from the grocery store, you couldn't pay me enough to drink them raw, but the wonderful eggs from Polyface are great! We've been making this eggnog for years and never had any problems.

So, what do you think? Yummy?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Our Apprentice manager and tour guide is Matt Rales from Bethesda, Maryland. Last year, Matt was a full-time apprentice and came back this year to work on Polyface. He gives tours and is Daniel's right-hand man when it comes to managing daily tasks and apprentice instruction. Matt loves training and working with our guard dogs, Jack and Faith.

He is currently living in Daniel and Sheri's basement apartment and we hope to keep him on for a long time. He is a very conscientious, hard working man.

Andy Wendt comes from Idaho and is a one-year apprentice. He has now been with us for one full year as of September 15th. He is going to be staying on for another 6 months or so and then possibly looking at running one of our rental farms in the area. He has been a great addition to the Polyface team.

He keeps Teresa and Sheri busy just keeping him fed. A side note, we went out to an all-you-can-eat pizza place and he ate 70 pieces of pizza without even breaking a sweat. Atlanta City, here we come! :)

Ben Beichler is also from Maryland. He was here for one year as a full-time apprentice and just left us on Friday at the end of his year. However, this is not the last that we will see of him. Ben plans to come back to Polyface on October 1st and manage the training of Matt and Amanda Young at one of our new rental farms in Bath County, VA. He plans to stay on with them for one year, teaching them and training them the Polyface way. One day he hopes to start his own farm.

Once Matt and Amanda Young get here and are settled in, I hope to introduce you to them and let you know about their venture here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Taste of Polyface.....

For those of you who are not lucky enough to experience a meal at Polyface with the very people that have not only prepared your food, but raised and cared for it, we offer a list on our website of some great restaurants that serve our products! Please visit our website to find a restaurant in your area. If you are coming to visit the farm you should plan on either eating lunch at Cranberry's Grocery, or dinner at Zynodoa's.

Cookout at Polyface....

These are a few of my favorite pictures from a cookout we had earlier in the summer. Our yummy dinner consisted of Polyface chicken, fresh veggies and salad from the Staunton Farmer's Market and Teresa's TO DIE FOR homemade salad dressing! I could have sat there all night eating all of that good food and listening to Joel's stories all while watching the sun set over the mountains!

Polyface Team Introduction

The Polyface Team conists of the Salatin families, one apprentice manager, 2 one-year apprentices, six summer Real Farm Experience interns, one phone representative and one delivery guy!

Today we will introduce you to the Salatin families:

Lucille - Grandma to everyone here originally bought the farm in 1961. At this time, she volunteers at many of the tourist locations in Staunton, including the Blackfriar Playhouse, and the Visitor Center.

Joel and Teresa - Joel is the innovator here at Polyface and keeps busy writing and speaking. You can check out his speaking schedule and see just how busy he stays.
Teresa is the farm bookkeeper, event coordinator and also cooks meals for our full-time team.

Daniel and Sheri - Daniel is in charge of the day-to-day workings of the farm. He handles the logistics of moving the cows, getting the animals fed, coordinating all of the interns, butchering days, buying club load up and delivery, Restaurant delivery, building projects and anything else that needs to be done.
Sheri is full-time mom to Travis (5), Andrew (3) and Lauryn (8 months) She handles all of the buying club orders, emails and website maintenance. She is also our restaurant and retail store contact and handles all of our on-farm orders.

Rachel - Rachel just graduated from the Art Institute of Charlotte, NC with a degree in Interior Design. She is the artistic one here at the farm and is currently working for a caterer in the area as well as looking for a job using her decorating skills.

The Salatins - Back row - Teresa, Lucille, Sheri,
Front row - Joel, Andrew, Daniel, Travis, Rachel
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