Year: 2020

15 Dec 2020

A Message from our President: 2020 in Review

A Message from our President: 2020 in Review

As this year ends we can focus on The GOOD, The BAD and the UGLY. In reverse order the Ugly was a virus called COVID that took so many and did a great deal of harm. The BAD was the polarization of people and views about the world. The GOOD was so much more than The Bad and The Ugly. The Good is all around us and has been seen in the Nurses, Doctors, First Responders (Police and Fire and more) Essential Workers (stock room people, truck drivers, food processors etc.) who all put their interests second to those who needed help. As the year draws to a close I will remember the soup kitchens that found new ways to deliver more food than ever before.  The innovators who turned the sour note of government shut downs into carryout and outdoor dining, who turned breweries into hand sanitizer producers, the auto makers who turned out thousands of ventilators and the drug companies who turned on a dime and created vaccines.  I will remember the people who accepted the challenge of shipping a vaccine at – 100 degrees and figured out how to do it.

Carter Randolph
Greenacres President

I will remember the caregivers for my father in his final days as COVID isolation took him away.  I will remember the smiles at the outdoor Music Under the Stars and the circles that allowed an audience to hear their Pops, Opera and Ballet perform live under the big tent.  But, most of all I will remember the realization that technology had changed the world and a virus came to change it back just a little. In 2020 I realized that a simple smile, kind word, human touch, birth of a calf, greening of the grass in spring, a little rain in August, a little snow in December, a walk in the woods and pastures and along a creek or pond is more powerful than the greatest supercomputer and all that technology has to offer.

I will also remember that 2020 started on a very high note for Greenacres – 2020 was dedicated as the year of WHAT WOULD THE NIPPERTS DO? WWTND. We started by looking at the Mission and Vision they gave us and expanded to consider their intent and their values – which we call the 4 Gs and 3 Qs – Greenacres is a gift, Greenacres is GREEN, Greenacres demonstrates Grace, the G.N.P. – Good Neighbor Policy and QUALITY QUALITY QUALITY. As we explored what this all meant for our future we were engulfed in COVID.  Suddenly WWTND had a new question to answer – What would the Nipperts Do in the face of such a vicious enemy? The answer was actually very easy – they would pitch in.  So we did.  We pitched in by altering our budget and giving $1,000,000 to other charities to help assure their survival and/or the survival of their beneficiaries. We changed our farm focus from research and education to production increasing the vegetable and protein production rapidly and responsibly. We donated some of our products to local soup kitchens and free food distributors and helped our customers keep their cupboards full. We altered the way we did things – distancing, masking, sanitizing, circles (drawn on the ground to assure distancing at events) – became part of our everyday life. We changed how we delivered education by using videos and computerized calls that followed the same education model but took a new delivery path. We held family days so the wonder of the walk around would not be lost to the digital presentation entirely. We adopted, innovated, prioritized and realized that we all needed to paraphrase John Prine in our own way and say “When I get to heaven, I am going to shake God’s hand and thank him for more blessings than any one person can stand” even in 2020.

So what about 2021? What could be in store for us in the months ahead? We know that 2021 will start slowly as we continue to adopt and innovate around and through COVID. At some point in 2021 we will be able to bring children to Greenacres and they will experience the walk around. An experience that  opens the eyes, ears, noses and hands of the special ones who get to go on the walk. With all senses wide open the brain soon follows and the wonder of Greenacres comes to life in the child who says WOW! The child that leaves their shell and wonders aloud why the trees are so big and the grass is so green and the calves are so cute.  In the state of wonder that can only be achieved by a walk around, true learning takes place. It is the kind of learning that is lifelong and moves from the brain to the gut where it sits until some future day when that lesson of the greatness of the natural world will change the direction of it. Not sure when or how, but I am sure that it will happen because it has happened before.

2021 will be a most amazing year!  It will be the year that allows us to focus on the really great things that happen each and every day and hopefully we will be able to do it together holding hands, smelling the freshly cut hay, seeing the birds soaring above and feeling the warmth of the sun as it powers the natural world. During 2021 we will remember and think of the hardships of 2020, but let’s loose the pain; not the lesson and focus on the greatness of the simple things we took for granted prior to COVID and appreciate them because HINDSIGHT is 2020.

There is a video that tells some of the story of 2020 and I encourage you watch it:

May you and your families be blessed this holiday season and may 2021 bring you and yours Joy beyond your wildest dreams.

Carter Randolph
Greenacres President

09 Dec 2020

Wine Spring Cleaning Sale

Wine Spring Cleaning Sale

The Greenacres Arts Center will be holding an inventory reduction sale for our dry non-refrigerated house wines as we make space for our summer wine inventory. There are limited quantities and availability is on a first come first serve basis. Please note that this form is simply to let us know what you are interested in and does not count as a sale. Once we have received your information we will reach out about payment and pickup. All sales must occur in person so that we may verify that you are 21 or older. Sales tax will be added to your final purchase amount.


02 Dec 2020

Not all grass-fed beef is created equal

Not all grass-fed beef is created equal

Why are we selling beef raised in Michigan here at our farmstore? 100% grass fed and finished, these cattle were raised as part of our ongoing research into the nutritive benefits of grass-fed beef in collaboration with Michigan State University.

Definitive results from a 2018 collaborative study from Greenacres Foundation and Michigan State University (MSU), investigating the nutritional quality of grass-fed beef show that not all grass-fed beef is created equal. Among other nutritional benefits, grass-fed beef claims to have a more favorable fatty acid profile than grain-fed beef, with a purported omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of 2-to-1. The findings of our 2018 research showed that, of the 750 samples collected, a large portion labeled “grass-fed” had fatty acid profiles that more closely resembled grain-fed beef with omega-6 to omega-3 ratios in excess of 10-to-1. The 2018 study was based on beef samples from farms across the U.S. with self-reported production practices that were difficult to verify and had wide variability. This left us perplexed as to what was causing the skewed omega 6-to-3 ratios. More research was needed.

Chad Bitler
Greenacres Research Director

One thing was for certain though – the beef that was raised on farms like ours that grazed fresh, growing grass, without supplementation, resulted in the most favorable nutritional profiles.

To discover what factors were driving the unexpected results, Greenacres has once again partnered with MSU for a second study to increase the collective knowledge of grass-fed beef production and help increase consumer awareness. Sixty beef cattle were purchased by Greenacres and sent to MSU’s research farm in Battlefield, MI. There, the cattle were randomized and put on different feeding regimens, including forms of supplementation currently allowed under some “grass-fed” labeling claims. After 6 months the cattle were harvested and nutritional analysis will be completed to look for variation between the beef from cattle in different regimens. This study will be repeated again in 2021 and the results will be published in a refereed scientific journal – helping to fill current knowledge gaps to improve grass-fed beef production.

Of the sixty cattle in the study, the meat from seventeen were brought back to Cincinnati – these were the cattle who followed Greenacres production practices only – 100% grass fed and grass-finished – resulting in beef that we know is of the highest nutritional quality. This beef is from Michigan, but played an important role in our research toward bringing you the best quality, most nutritious beef.

Greenacres is proud to sponsor ground-breaking research in the world of agricultural science. Together with our partners at Michigan State University, we continue to explore the nutritional differences of grass-fed beef. We look forward to the next phase of this research being released to the public soon. Our beef products are available for sale throughout the year in our Farmstore, located at 8255 Spooky Hollow Road.

30 Oct 2020

Fresh Spinach and Cheese Baked Pasta Filling

Fresh Spinach and Cheese Baked Pasta Filling

This filling can be used in any baked pasta – try it layered in lasagna, or stuffed into shells or manicotti. The fresh spinach adds delicious flavor you won’t find from frozen spinach.

 

Course Main Course

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 lb Onions, diced
  • 1.5 lb Fresh spinach
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 tsp Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 24 oz Whole milk ricotta
  • 16 oz Shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 6 oz Shredded parmesan cheese, divided

Instructions
 

  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until starting to caramelize. Meanwhile, wash and roughly chop the spinach. Add spinach to the skillet a few handfuls at a time, stirring frequently. Cook until the water from the spinach has evaporated and the mixture is thick. Set mixture aside to cool.
  • Scramble the eggs in a large bowl with salt and pepper. Add ricotta, 12oz of mozzarella and 4oz of parmesan to the eggs, stirring to combine. Add cooled spinach mixture and mix thoroughly. Reserve remaining cheese to top the baking dish once your pasta is assembled.
  • Your filling is now complete - use in any lasagna, stuffed shells, or manicotti.
  • If you’re making stuffed shells, boil pasta according to package directions, undercooking by a few minutes. Drain pasta and stuff with the cheese mixture. Cover the bottom of your baking dish with tomato sauce and arrange the stuffed shells in the dish. Spoon remaining sauce over the shells and top with reserved shredded cheeses. Bake at 350º for 30-45 minutes, or until bubbly and the cheese starts to brown.
Keyword Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Spinach