You always hear how great cranberries are for you, so I did a little reading and wanted to share what I found with all of my fellow cranberry lovers!
- Eating whole cranberries have shown to offer a greater health and dietary benefit then consuming them in a liquid or dietary supplement; that is due to they are broken down and only the extract is used. Cranberries are most beneficial when the entire berry is consumed not just one component, because when whole they offer more cardiovascular, antioxidant, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory benefits.
- Cranberries have Vitamin C and fiber.
- Cranberries are Gluten Free!
- They have more antioxidants then spinach, strawberries, cherries, red grapes, broccoli, apples, raspberries. One of the only berries that out ranks cranberries are blueberries!
- Phytonutrients are naturally derived plant compounds that include antioxidants. Antioxidants can be ingested and are also made by the human body to help stabilize free radicals which are harmful molecules.
- Cranberries may also provide a level of protection against age related conditions such as memory and coordination loss.
- Other benefits from being high in antioxidants are that they help strengthen your immune system and prevents dental problems.
- Cranberries have a high level of flavonoids. They are a concentrated antioxidant that inhibits low density lipoprotein (LDL) from forming. Now if anyone has every gotten their blood drawn, they know what LDLs are...bad cholesterol! A diet high in fruits and vegetables that are high on the antioxidant list, like cranberries are, you have a better chance of having a lower cholesterol count. Having a lower LDL count, not only helps liver function, heart function and also assists in inhibiting the build up of plaque along your blood vessels!
- Proanthocyanidins: PACs act as a barrier along the lining of urinary tract to block bacteria from adhering. The type of bacteria they block is what causes urinary tract infections. Cranberries may also help in aiding to help men and women that suffer from stomach ulcers. In the same manner that they block bacteria in the urinary tract, they may also help block Helibacter Pylori (H.Pylori) which causes stomach ulcers.
- Marina's Cranberry Chutney
- In Banana Bread- Add 1 cup of Marina's Cranberry Chutney to your favorite recipe for added taste and moisture!
- Dried and in oatmeal
- Marina's Cranberry Chutney on a Turkey Sandwich
- Dried and on top of a spinach salad
- 100% Cranberry Juice not Cranberry Cocktail
- In an Apple Cranberry Crisp
- Cranberry Orange Bread
- Cranberry Orange Cookies
- Sugar Frosted Cranberries
On one hand, we the farmers are the caretakers, but we also have the knowledge to realize that nature will take its own course. Hogs are more resilient than one would think. Much like human beings. We bounce back from many things that would put us down, and so would pigs if given half a chance. If we truly based the use of euthanasia on a pig’s comparison to humanity, euthanasia would not ever be an option. It’s not a matter of comparison; it’s a matter of compassion.
Meet Tim Denner, one of our wonderful employees here at Circle B Ranch. Tim is incredibly experienced; he was raised on a farm and has been farming for pretty much his whole life, aside from a stint as a local gas delivery driver for Brooks Gas. As a child, he helped his father milk cows and raise hogs. Tim says he has returned to farming as an adult because he loves working outside, taking care of the animals, seeing them grow from piglets into hogs, and knowing that his work is helping feed his fellow Americans. Working with the pigs is also a new experience for him each and every day because it teaches patience as he is always learning something new.Tim’s typical day starts out at 7:30 a.m. First, he feeds and waters the hogs and checks on the sows to see if any new piglets have arrived. Next, he helps build fences for new pastures and sorts and moves hogs into various pens depending upon their size, age, and weight. He also weed eats under and around all of the fences to keep the pens neat, clean, and in working order. At about 4 p.m. he feeds and waters the hogs again. His main daily duties include taking care of the hogs—feeding, watering, sorting—and loading them when they go for processing.
When asked about his thoughts on working at Circle B Ranch, Tim told us that he loves to work here because we don’t treat him like an employee. WE TREAT HIM LIKE FAMILY! And that’s another reason why he loves his job. He likes working in a family environment, and the work allows him to spend more time with his daughter and his son who also work here at the farm. Tim says John and I are like family to him as well. Working here is like being a part of one big happy family. This makes his job great, and he hopes to be working with us for a long time.John and I can agree with the sentiment. We consider Tim to be a part of our Circle B Family, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Thank you for everything you do here, Tim. We hope you continue to be a part of Circle B for a long time. [ ... ]
- They are an organization whose goal is to improve the welfare and lives of all farm animals. They do so by setting high standards, conducting thorough farm inspections on a yearly basis, therefore certifying the farms humane treatment.
- Being Certified Humane and Handled not only shows people the care and treatment that occurs on a farm, but it also reassures the consumer they are receiving a product with out any additional hormones or antibiotics. It gives the farmer a distinct advantage over his competitors, because
- Under this certification, all farm animal experience minimal to no stress at all stages of their lives. That means they are processed in a humane was as well. For more information on humane processing, place read Animal Welfare and Humane Slaughter. This is Temple Grandin's website, she helped pioneer the field of humanely handling livestock.
- While researching possible certification labels, there are multiple Organic ones. They differ from each region of the United States and each certification has different requirements; however, in the United States federal legislation outlines three levels of Organic foods. First being 100% Organic- "products made with 100% ingredients and methods". Products made with " at least 95% organic ingredients can be labeled 'organic". Both of those products can carry the USDA Organic Seal. Lastly products made with "a minimum of 70% organic ingredients can be labeled made with organic ingredients.
- When a hog is raised organically they also have to be humanely processed.
- I didn't know there were different categories of organic, I thought you were or weren't organic. Now you can see how "organic" can be used by a producer to make their product seem more Organic then they really are to the consumer.
- http://organicconsumers.org/btc/BuyingGuide.cfm this is a wonderful tool to use to find Organic products in your area.
- Cage free applies to hens and eggs. A cage free hen, is a chicken that is not raised in a cage but in an open floor plan type building. The type of building is usually a barn or warehouse and the chickens have soft flooring of cedar shavings or hay. They are also given perches and boxes used for nesting to lay their eggs. Along with laying their eggs in a nest, these hens are able to spread their wings and walk around. These types of hens are not raised in a cage, however they can be raised in congested quarters and are unable to go outside. How congested it gets all depends on the farm and the practices that farmer follows.
- Cage free doesn't necessarily mean "cruelty free". When we see a dozen eggs that states "cage free", we automatically think of happy chickens running around a green pasture enjoying everything that nature as to give. I thought that and I know I am not alone. Cage free and confinement hens can have their peaks burned off, go through a very long and stressful transportation to the processing plant and are extremely young when this occurs.
- "Cage free does not mean cruelty free"
- Pasture raised animals are raised in large paddocks or pastures. They are either on grass, wood lots (forest) or a mix of both. We have found that a mix of the two pastures raise the best hogs; they not rut up the grass and grubs but they also find nuts and berries. For us and many farmers, this is the best way to raise hogs. They are minimally supplemented and are able to flourish and enjoy what nature has to offer.
- In the paddocks, the hogs have range huts and trees for protection against the sun and climate. Even though we believe this is the best way to raise hogs, it is very time consuming. In order to maintain hogs that are pasture raised, you need to rotate your pastures to let the field rest; to essentially let nature regrown. If you don't do this, your lush pasture will turn into a dry lot. Dry lots are dirt paddocks that do not offer a hog any natural nutrition and they occur when a farmer does not have the space for his operation or doesn't rotate their animals.
- When our sows are due to farrow (deliver their piglets) they instinctually want to make a nest out of what they find in nature. This is not to say that they do not use the farrowing huts that are available to them, it all depends upon the sow. For example, one of our sows made her nest out of a pricker bush, another made hers out of an old tree and leaves and the third used the farrowing hut. All three offer a safe, secure and warm location for her piglets. I am comfortable going into a paddock to feed the hogs and my favorite ones are the sows with their piglets, they dart and weave around you and the sows come up get their back rubbed. However, I would not get between a sow and her piglets within the first week to ten days after she farrows!
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