A few of you guys asked some really great questions in the comment section of my Stonyfield Barnstorming Tour Recap post. I wasn’t 100% sure how to respond, so I asked my friends at Stonyfield to help me out. They sent me a detailed email with their answers, so I wanted to share them on CNC since other people might be interested to read them as well. Do you think they “cleaned up” the place…

Thanks to Carrots ”˜N’ Cake, I’ve had the opportunity to travel the country and experience some pretty amazing events. One of my favorites– and perhaps the most significant and life-changing for me– took place this time last year. Last June, I participated in Stonyfield’s Blogger Barnstorming Tour with three other bloggers. Stonyfield believes in all things organic, so they wanted us bloggers to see why it is so important, especially to the farmers, who work…

You know what’s really cool? Eating fresh veggies out of a garden without washing them or worrying about what weird chemicals are on them. It’s also pretty neat when iceberg lettuce has an actual flavor to it! 😉 Amy loves her iceberg lettuce too! 😀 I think we all enjoyed picking and eating veggies straight from the gardens at Middle Branch Farm in New Boston, New Hampshire. Middle Branch Farm is owned and operated by Roger Noonan,…

The final stop of the Stonyfield Blogger Barnstorming Tour was at the Stonyfield plant for a tour of the facilities. But, before we toured the plant, we ate breakfast! 😀 Not surprisingly, breakfast at Stonyfield included lots of yogurt! 😀 So much, in fact, that we did a taste-test of a bunch of flavors– many of which were new to me! Mmm… Vanilla Over Chocolate Cream Top Yogurt! So creamy, so delicious. Dessert for breakfast…

If you’ve been reading along with my barnstorming adventures, you probably know quite a bit about organic dairy farming by now. Well, it’s time to tell you a little bit about conventional dairy farms. In addition to visiting four organic dairy farms in Vermont, we also visited one conventional farm. Parent Family Farm is a non-organic, two-generation family farm in Highgate, Vermont. The 600-cow dairy farm supports three families. The farmers were very nice and…

Near Lake Champlain, Vermont, just a few miles from the Canadian border, you will find the Choiniere Family Farm. It’s owned and operated by Guy (pronounced “ghee”) and Beth Choiniere. Their children, Mathieu and Hannah, also help out on the farm quite a bit. Since the mid-1940’s, the farm has been in the family and run conventionally until Guy was introduced to organic farming by another farmer. Even though the organic way of farming was contrary…

Another one of the organic dairy farms that we visited was the Beidler Family Farm in Randolph Center, Vermont. The Beidlers own 35 cows who’s milk goes to Stonyfield, Organic Valley or Cabot, who cooperatively makes Organic Valley Vermont Cheddar Cheese. These are already some of my favorite brands, so now I really want to support them! 😀 Brent and Regina Beidler purchased their farm about 12 years ago. From the beginning, their goal was to…

Before the Stonyfield Blogger Barnstorming Tour, I didn’t think twice about cows. To be honest, I thought they were dirty, smelly animals. But, after “getting to know” a bunch of them, I think cows are adorable, sweet, and sort of “magical!” 😉 Our first cow encounter of the trip took place at Howmars Farm in Franklin, Vermont. Howmars Farm is a certified organic dairy that supplies some of the milk that goes into making Stonyfield’s yogurts and…

What a day! My brain is totally spinning, but in a very good way! In the past 48 hours, I’ve learned soooo much about organics, dairy farms, and farmers. I cannot wait to share it with all of you! It’ll likely take me a few days to recap everything, so please bear with me. If you have questions along the way, don’t hesitate to ask. I’ll do my best to get them all answered! 😀…

Most random blog post title ever, right?!? Needless to say, today is off to an exciting start! My morning started at 6:30 AM for an early morning milking at Fournier Farms in Swanton, Vermont. The cows are milked by machines, but I still had the opportunity to milk a cow the “old-fashioned” way by squeezing the teats! I actually got a little milk out! See the white dot on my hand? The cow really didn’t…

Tonight was a real treat!  We enjoyed dinner with three different organic farmers and their families– and let me tell you, there was no shortage of conversation this evening! We all had so much to talk about. Plus, I think the farmers wanted to know just as much about us bloggers as we wanted to know about them! 😉 Dinner was held at the bed and breakfast where we are staying, which made crawling into…

Holy cow! I’ve learned so much today about organics, farming, and cows today. It’s literally going to take me days and days to recap everything on my blog. There’s so much to tell ya about! With so much information to share, I figured it would be best to start my recap with the basics. After breakfast this morning, Nancy gave the group a presentation about cows and what it means to be organic. I was…

I’m not going to lie, waking up in Vermont this morning was pretty sweet. I opened my eyes to gorgeous Lake Champlain right out my window. Ahhhh… Anne and I got our run on first thing this morning. The weather was cool, but humid, and we did 4 miles in about 35 minutes. When we returned to the B&B, breakfast was just about ready. It smelled so gooood! We enjoyed the most amazing cranberry scone…

The Stonyfield Blogger Barnstorming Tour is off to a great start! This morning, I drove up to Stonyfield’s corporate offices in Manchester, New Hampshire to meet our tour guides for the trip: Nancy Hirshberg, Vice President of Natural Resources, and Amy VanHaren, Social Media Manager. (Do you recognize Nancy’s last name? She’s the sister of Gary Hirshberg, Stonyfield’s CE-Yo!) Within minutes of arriving at Stonyfield, I was kindly offered my choice of yogurt. I wasn’t very…

Today’s the day! I’m heading to Vermont (and then New Hampshire) along with 3 other bloggers for the Stonyfield Barnstorming Tour. I’m totally jazzed for it! I’m not going to lie, I don’t know a lot about organics. The confusion over the term alone makes it difficult for me to sort out what organic is all about and what it truly means. I realize that understanding organics is not always easy for other people either,…

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