Vista Mountain Farm

Vista Mountain Farm Educating Self Reliance, Regenerative Agriculture, Woodworking, and Purveyor of Delicious foods.

Good quality dirt gets me excited!
01/05/2024

Good quality dirt gets me excited!

Since we just finished harvesting the ginger and turmeric, lots of people have been asking about growing their own. Yes,...
01/05/2024

Since we just finished harvesting the ginger and turmeric, lots of people have been asking about growing their own. Yes, its totally possible, and somewhat easy, and yes ours will definitely grow, in fact we sell some for that reason. Although you could go to the store and buy ginger and turmeric, most of the store sold products have been treated with chemicals to inhibit growth (for long shelf life mostly). Additionally, store bought may have disease, and may not be the healthiest to grow. We meticulously grow our soil so we can grow better things for our customers.
One thing to consider before you plant is that ginger and turmeric are tropical plants. They need a very long growing season to produce a good rhizome (the part you eat). We only grow ours in a high tunnel for this reason. We will plant in February and harvest in December. Without the full season the roots will be very small, so I suggest growing in pots that you can bring inside before the first frost. With a warm sunny window, you can continue to keep the plant thriving year round. My first time doing this it took me 2 years to get a full sized turmeric root, but it was fun.
If you want to buy some of ours to grow, or save the hassle and just eat something meticulously cared for, we have plenty in stock right now. Its $10/pound for ecologically grown ginger or turmeric (a pound will go a long way).
And yes, that's Anna standing amongst the turmeric in the high tunnel.

What is my favorite use of turmeric? I love making golden milk. Recipe: A thumb sized piece of turmeric, A dime sized pi...
12/12/2023

What is my favorite use of turmeric? I love making golden milk. Recipe:
A thumb sized piece of turmeric,
A dime sized piece of ginger,
A spoonful of raw honey,
1 tsp ground cinnamon,
12 ounces raw milk (if you cant get raw milk, or dont drink dairy, use your favorite milk subsitute)
Put the turmeric and ginger in the blender with a splash of milk and blend until there are no chunks bouncing around. Add a bit more milk and the cinnamon and honey, blend enough to mix, then add the rest of the milk and blend until smooth.
Turmeric has many benefits, including being a fantastic anti-inflammatory substitute to NSAID.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8572027/

Huge Ginger and Turmeric harvest going on right now! Get some amazing body restoring roots in your diet before its gone.
12/01/2023

Huge Ginger and Turmeric harvest going on right now! Get some amazing body restoring roots in your diet before its gone.

Are you as excited as we are about the upcoming ginger and turmeric harvest? We should have some ready starting around T...
10/11/2023

Are you as excited as we are about the upcoming ginger and turmeric harvest? We should have some ready starting around Thanksgiving.

A bit earlier than I usually dig up potatoes, but we have some fresh taters available. Some of the most nutritious food ...
07/29/2023

A bit earlier than I usually dig up potatoes, but we have some fresh taters available. Some of the most nutritious food you can get from the ground. Hit me up before they are all gone.

We have several sheep hides (and a deer hide) available for purchase. We want to use every bit of the animal, so we send...
06/20/2023

We have several sheep hides (and a deer hide) available for purchase. We want to use every bit of the animal, so we send the hides off to be tanned. They are a bit small for a blanket, but they are perfect for a pet bed.

Looking for naturally grown, local turmeric and ginger? Look no further! Enjoy the amazing health and flavor of Virginia...
05/23/2023

Looking for naturally grown, local turmeric and ginger? Look no further! Enjoy the amazing health and flavor of Virginia grown turmeric and ginger. We use a high tunnel to get the season extending benefits that let us grow these amazing roots in an area that is typically too cold.

Lots of fresh salad in growing right now!
05/15/2023

Lots of fresh salad in growing right now!

Its a month early this year, but we will have Peonies for mothers day! $1 a stem.
05/12/2023

Its a month early this year, but we will have Peonies for mothers day! $1 a stem.

Spring is always a busy rush. Get the bees ready for the nectar flow, plant the garden, new animals born, etc, etc.. Thi...
04/22/2023

Spring is always a busy rush. Get the bees ready for the nectar flow, plant the garden, new animals born, etc, etc..
This year we will have lots of fresh Turmeric, and Ginger grown in our high tunnel, so start getting the word out. Two of the healthiest root plants you can add to your diet.

Looking to start your own backyard flock? I have some layer chicks available. They are Red Sex-Link (fancy term for a he...
03/24/2023

Looking to start your own backyard flock? I have some layer chicks available. They are Red Sex-Link (fancy term for a hen that can be identified by her color when she hatches). These are phenomenal brown egg layers. I am pricing them only a little bit more than I purchased them, $6 each.

Is organic more nutritious than conventional food? In short, no. Organic is more about what food shouldnt have in it (ro...
03/24/2023

Is organic more nutritious than conventional food? In short, no. Organic is more about what food shouldnt have in it (round-up, or other synthetically created chemicals). It would be nice if you could go into a store read a quick label, and know you are getting nutrient dense food, but unfortunately, our food system doesn't work like that.
The food we sell here on the farm is not meant to be categorized by labeling. We strive to grow the most nutrient dense foods possible, and do it while stewarding this planet. I want this patch of land I am on to be more fertile when I leave than when I got here.

He's a kisser!
03/17/2023

He's a kisser!

What do farmers grow in the winter? Take a look at our harvest this spring. We planted pebble seeds in the fall, and har...
03/17/2023

What do farmers grow in the winter? Take a look at our harvest this spring. We planted pebble seeds in the fall, and harvested small boulders in the spring! I was going to let them grow a little longer, but I couldn't resist harvesting them now!

What differentiates our eggs from others?1) Transparent pricing. I charge $7 a dozen, and my profit margin is in the pen...
03/05/2023

What differentiates our eggs from others?
1) Transparent pricing. I charge $7 a dozen, and my profit margin is in the pennies. The cost to feed has doubled in the past year. Let this sink in a minute. I buy bulk feed from local farmers, and my cost is still that high. Next time you go buy eggs, dont ask why mine cost $7, ask why others cost so little. I have spent years lowering my input costs. The only way I could lower price is to lower quality.
2) Quality. My chickens are moved to fresh pasture every few days. They are always free to roam and never confined. The feed I give them is locally sourced, non-GMO, tested for traces of chemicals (like glyphosate). I dont compromise on quality to lower prices. Eggs are one of the most important foods to source responsibly.
3) Carbon footprint. Everything from feed, to delivery is done locally. The carbon footprint of these eggs is far lower than anything at the store.
4) They are basically a multi-vitamins in a shell. Confused why some studies say eggs are good, and others say they are bad for your health? Its all about how the chicken is raised and what they are fed.
Why do I keep pushing eggs if I am barely making money? Chickens are a key element in pasture management for the large herbivores here (cows and sheep). I also like watching the chickens clean up new sections of pasture. I also want others to enjoy good health. Does it matter if you buy store bought or eggs from my farm? If you only eat egg whites, you are probably fine with organic eggs from the store. If you consume the whole egg, you absolutely should source from a farm that raises like we do.

Season is starting to kick into gear. We have fresh eggs for sale, $7/doz. Also have honey and whole chicken in stock. W...
03/04/2023

Season is starting to kick into gear. We have fresh eggs for sale, $7/doz. Also have honey and whole chicken in stock. Will start taking reservations for beef shares soon. Also, let us know if you want a whole lamb, or want pasture raised hair sheep. This year I would like to host a few limited space classes. PM me if interested. Topics I had in mind: intro-welding, hand tool woodworking, properly raised chickens, regenerative agriculture, treehouse design, etc

12/03/2022

Many people have asked what products we have available for sale on the farm. I will attempt to compile a list of the things we have. Everything is seasonal, trying to respect natural patterns and seasons.
Veggies
Berries
Wild gathered berries and fruit (pawpaw and wine berries)
Lamb
Beef
Chicken
Turkey
Eggs
Dairy products such as cheese and yogurt
Honey
Fresh Ginger and Turmeric root
Freshly roasted coffee
Tanned hides (fur on)
Custom made wooden furniture
Custom made blacksmith items such as hatchets
Specialty welded items
Plans for building various farm implements (scalders, chicken tractors, etc..)
Air dried lumber
Animals (sheep, cows, chickens, chicks)
Everything is very seasonal, and I probably forgot some stuff, but ask if you are interested, and I can let you know when things are available.

We have a very limited number of turkeys available this year. We only have very large ones available (25-30lb), so only ...
10/25/2022

We have a very limited number of turkeys available this year. We only have very large ones available (25-30lb), so only order if you are prepared for monster sized meals. Just $5.25/lb for the tastiest turkey you can buy.

Whey (like the protein drinks) is a natural by product of making cheese. Often I drink it, but its also a high nitrogen ...
09/03/2022

Whey (like the protein drinks) is a natural by product of making cheese. Often I drink it, but its also a high nitrogen organic fertilizer, so today its going on the garden.

08/13/2022

Fall chick season! Favorite time to raise chickens.

06/23/2022

What do you do when a big storm takes down a huge straight black walnut tree perfect to saw into some boards, but you gotta get it to your property? You build a skidder attachment for the tractor. Its not pretty, but it was thrown together over my lunch break from scrap metal and cost about $8 to build (I already had the log tongs).

06/10/2022

With all of the focus these days on specific dog breeds for specific tasks, I am amazed how this broken and discarded dog was able to be rehabilitated and is always willing to help out on the farm. He doesnt have any strong herding instincts, and I never specifically trained him, but he is eager to prove his worth. I ask him to help bring back this escaped calf, and he does it gently but firmly. A few days later I asked him over to help get some sheep, and he runs them back to their pasture.

New calf Friday! Its an Angus Jersey mix. Cool little fella.
06/03/2022

New calf Friday! Its an Angus Jersey mix. Cool little fella.

Pasture raised whole chicken is back in stock! $5 per pound.
05/11/2022

Pasture raised whole chicken is back in stock! $5 per pound.

White or brown eggs (or blue, or green for that matter), which is healthier? Most people say brown. And dark brown is ev...
05/11/2022

White or brown eggs (or blue, or green for that matter), which is healthier? Most people say brown. And dark brown is even better, right!? Turns out eggs are pretty much eggs. The color is determined by the breed of chicken they come from. Since most people believe brown eggs are healthiest, so thats usually what you find in the cage free, free range egg cartons at the store. But the truth is much simpler. The nutrition of the egg doesnt come from the color, but how the chickens are raised. An interesting fact is that brown laying chickens are bigger than white egg laying chickens, and lay slightly fewer eggs, so they are less efficient. Because they are larger, they tend not to wander as far to forage. I have never tested the differences between my layers, but I suspect the white eggs are actually a bit healthier with the way I pasture chickens. Sometimes I find a white layer on the opposite side of my farm looking for tasty morsels. I add blue and green layers to spruce up the eggs. I enjoy the splash of color.
Either way, if you are buying at the store, it absolutely doesnt matter the color of the egg, they are all raised in a warehouse, err, I mean "free range chicken farm", so foraging is outta the question.

05/02/2022
We have lots of Bok Choy, Snow Vegetable, and Salad for sale. I made a choice to not to force people to join a CSA this ...
04/23/2022

We have lots of Bok Choy, Snow Vegetable, and Salad for sale. I made a choice to not to force people to join a CSA this year. Please help me prove that was a good choice (people get flaky and forget to buy veg, and then it gets thrown to the chickens). No chemical fertilizers or pesticides, just pure healthy veg grown with care in good soil!
$6 per bag/box of greens. Get it while its fresh.

04/15/2022

I have been thinking about writing a few posts about differences in nutrition between the various ways we get our food. There is a lot to break down, and I am gonna bite off the biggest one first. Eggs! I am choosing eggs because this is probably where the nutritional differences stand out the most (milk might be more.. but I digress). Its going to take a while to unpack, but I will start with the nutrition. True pastured eggs typically provide the following benefits over store bought eggs:
1⁄3 less cholesterol
1⁄4 less saturated fat
2⁄3 more vitamin A
2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
3 times more vitamin E
7 times more beta carotene

I know so many people who think they are buying good eggs by selecting organic eggs, or free range, or pasture raised, vegetarian, no antibiotic, etc, etc...
These labels are all meaningless. If you buy eggs in the store (any eggs from any store), you are pretty much buying the same thing. A factory raised chicken, laying an egg in a small metal cage. Whatever the cheap feed is, thats what goes into the egg, Although these labels mean different things, they do not mean you are getting a more nutritious egg. Yolks can be made dark orange through additives. Organic doesnt add any more vitamins or minerals to a chicken's diet. The truth is, if you want a healthy egg, you need to buy directly from a farmer who actively moves the hens to new pasture. If chickens are left in one spot, they will turn it into hard pack dirt within a couple months. No grass, no more bugs. This is why movement and management is critical in the production of a healthy egg (and a happy chicken).

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Round Hill, VA
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